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Mayor McGee brightens up Lynn City Hall with with artwork from the city’s senior center

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Mayor Thomas M. McGee shakes hands with Rita Jollimore of Lynn as they talk about her artwork on display with other members of the Lynn Council on Aging next to his office in City Hall.

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A painting by Grace Mercurio of Saugus on display at Lynn City Hall.

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The Lynn Council on Aging has artwork on display next to the Mayor's office in City Hall.

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Mayor Thomas M. McGee speaks with Pauline Kennedy of East Boston about her artwork on display with other members of the Lynn Council on Aging next to his office in City Hall.

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A painting by Fern Price of Revere on display at Lynn City Hall.

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Mayor Thomas M. McGee speaks with Karen Nelson of Lynn about her artwork on display with other members of the Lynn Council on Aging next to his office in City Hall.

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Rita Jollimore of Lynn stands with her paintings on display in Lynn City Hall.

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Cynthia Lynch of Salem stand in between two of her paintings on display in Lynn City Hall.

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Mayor Thomas M. McGee speaks with Debbie MacDonald about her artwork on display with other members of the Lynn Council on Aging next to his office in City Hall.

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Mayor Thomas M. McGee thanks the Lynn Counicl on Aging for displaying their artwork in City Hall.

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The Lynn Council on Aging has artwork on display next to the Mayor's office in City Hall.

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Paintings by Pauline Kennedy of East Boston on display in Lynn City Hall.

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Fern Price of Revere stands with her painting on display in Lynn City Hall.

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Providencia Colon of Marblehead stands with her painting which is on display in Lynn City Hall.

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Mayor Thomas M. McGee speaks with Fern Price of Revere about her artwork on display with other members of the Lynn Council on Aging next to his office in City Hall.

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Mayor Thomas M. McGee speaks with Grace Mercurio of Saugus about her artwork on display with other members of the Lynn Council on Aging next to his office in City Hall.

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Mayor Thomas M. McGee speaks with Paul Lozier of Revere about his artwork on display with other members of the Lynn Council on Aging next to his office in City Hall.

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Paul Lozier of Revere stands with his paintings on display in Lynn City Hall.

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LYNN — Members of the city’s senior center were painting as a hobby, until Mayor Thomas M. McGee asked to showcase their work at Lynn City Hall.

“People walk by and stop in our office to ask about these paintings,” said McGee. “They really brighten up our walls and there are some amazing pieces up there.”

The Council on Aging Senior Center has taught a variety of paint classes for more than 36 years. This is the first year any of their work has been showcased, let alone along the walls in front of the mayor’s office.

Seniors take water, oil, and acrylic paint classes at the 8 Silsbee St. location as a way of socializing and expressing their creative sides. Bill Deveney used to be a senior art student at the center until he took over two of the classes about six years ago.

The art teacher said he is amazed on a daily basis over the work some of his students produce, given many of them have never painted before.

“The classes give people, especially seniors, a chance to associate with other people, be in a group, and communicate with a variety of people from the community,” said Deveney.

Many of the center’s members come from neighboring communities. Pricila Rodriguez, of Revere, didn’t begin painting until her daughter suggested she become a member four years ago. She said it was amazing to see her work displayed in Lynn City Hall.

Sean Murray, a Winthrop resident, joined the Lynn center after hearing about it from a few of his friends. He loves how therapeutic the act of painting is and he has been practicing it off and on for about 14 years. The artwork he chose to showcase depicted parts of Ireland, which he has visited at least six times.

Ipswitch resident Debbie MacDonald adores using an array of colors in her paintings, particularly within her pieces that depict the Boston skyline. She joined the center after her childhood friend pleaded that they take the classes together. MacDonald has some skills when it comes to brush strokes, given she used to create folk art paintings.

“This is quite exciting seeing our work here,” said MacDonald. “I think the programs are great for adults because it gets people out of the house, it’s good for the mind, dexterity and coordination, and it’s therapeutic. You never know what is going to come out on a canvas.”

Stacey Minchello, the Senior Center Director, said McGee’s office reached out to them and asked if some of the seniors’ work could be displayed in front of his office. She said it was great to see all the members getting excited while choosing which paintings they wanted featured.

Minchello said the members progressively produce paintings throughout the year and were able to select pieces from their own collections to hang inside City Hall. She said each of the members were honored to meet McGee.

“I think the mayor wanted to show that seniors are part of the city and we’re doing stuff for the community,” said Deveney.

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