Jeane Ambrose, a resident of Atria Vintage Hills, was recognized on the Senate Floor last week as one of the artists taking part in CALA’s California Inspires! art show. She and her family traveled all the way from Temecula to view the art show and her painting.
CALA’s Associate Director of Public Policy, Megan Geremia, was there to greet her.
Later, she was recognized by Senator Joel Anderson on the Senate Floor.
She was then interviewed by the Press-Enterprise, which reported that she “had never picked up a paintbrush until about five years ago. Now one of her water-color (sic) paintings, “Wine Country,” is part of a monthlong (sic) art exhibit at the state Capitol.” The article continues:
“I fell in love with painting right away. It’s been such a joy to me,” Ambrose, 90, said Monday, Aug. 26, shortly after she was recognized on the floor of the state Senate.
Ambrose began painting at 85 as a respite from caring for her ailing husband of more than 60 years. The couple, natives of Pittsburgh, had retired to the San Diego area more than two decades ago.
Today, she said, “I’m painting all the time” and she has organized a painting class at Atria [Vintage] Hills, the assisted-living (sic) center where she lives. Her paintings have been displayed at the Merc, part of the Old Town Temecula Community Theater.
She marveled that “Wine Country” now hangs in the Eureka Room in the Capitol’s basement, joining some works by far more seasoned artists. In her painting, a trio of colorful hot-air balloons floats over a vineyard.
“You’re never too old to learn,” Ambrose said.
“Wine Country” is among more than 90 paintings and photographs in the “California Inspires” exhibit sponsored by the California Assisted Living Association.
Congratulations to Jeane, and to all the resident artists whose amazing work is part of the California Inspires! art show. To see more artworks and to learn the inspirational stories of each artist, visit CALA’s Virtual Gallery.