For Friendship Village of Dublin community members, retirement is an opportune time to hone a hobby. When resident Ann Dippel realized she could pursue her passion for painting in Friendship Village of Dublin’s art room, she excitedly jumped at the opportunity.
“I took my first art class in elementary school and have loved it ever since,” says Dippel. “It’s always been a hobby.”
Now an avid painter, Dippel spends a majority of her time in the community art room touching up her latest painting or creating a new masterpiece. She loves using acrylic paint to create beautiful landscapes and still lifes, noting her favorite subjects to paint are old buildings.
“Recently, I finished a 24 x 18 painting of an old sawmill that’s actually located in Virginia,” says Dippel. “It’s currently hung in the convocation room and I’ve had so many people tell me how much they enjoy that painting, which is always a good feeling.”
Not only has Dippel been able to share her paintings with residents, but they have also been on display at the Martin Janis Art Contest.
“Last year, I entered one of my paintings in the contest and received a blue ribbon for ‘Best in Show’, so I’m definitely planning to submit my paintings this year,” says Dippel.
Describing the art room as open, pleasant and versatile, she is thankful for the easy accessibility as she is able to keep all of her supplies in the art room — never having to worry about carrying them from one place to another. Dippel also credits the community art instructors for allowing her to rediscover her passion for painting.
“Even though I’ve painted for many, many years, I’ve learned so much more about how to approach a painting from our two wonderful art instructors,” says Dippel.
Aside from painting, Dippel finds great joy in spending time with fellow residents who possess the same creative spirit. She is always looking for new opportunities by inviting residents to painting classes if they express an interest in the arts. While brushes, colorful paints and easels bring Dippel happiness, she sees friendship as an extra takeaway from this hobby.
“We have several painters that paint regularly like I do, and we just love working together,” says Dippel. “We enjoy spending time together and giving each other ideas. It’s just wonderful the way in which we help each other and keep each other going.”
Are you looking for a community that lets you thrive in retirement? Friendship Village of Dublin offers a unique retirement experience that brings together social connection, high-end amenities and holistic Life Care services – all for a steady rate, regardless if your needs or circumstances change as you age. If you’re interested in learning more about our community, schedule a visit.