NILES - As a retired public school teacher, Susan Jacobs has found a new career teaching art at her studio and at local senior centers and nursing homes.
Jacobs, along with 39 other artists she has worked with in recent years, will showcase her work today through June 29 at the Art Outreach Gallery in the Eastwood Mall in Niles.
The exhibit, titled "Susan Jacobs Instructor and The Artists," will include oil and acrylic painting pieces by artists she had worked with.
"The reason for having the show is to get the people I work with comfortable exhibiting and possibly sell some of their work. It also makes the community aware that you can learn to paint at any age level. This is a tribute to the artists that you can learn at any age," Jacobs said.
Tim Wagner, an artist who is showing four pieces in the show, said it helps him to see what other people with his background and experience are creating.
"I have worked with so many people at so many levels that I wanted to display all the different levels of artists and their styles. You can really see a progression from the novice to the professional," Jacobs said.
Jacobs said working in a group helps everyone there. There are more fresh eyes checking what is going on, and people can see what one another is doing and share ideas.
Wagner said what he found is that Jacobs' experience and suggestions have helped enhance his paintings and projects in helping him transform a piece.
Jacobs said she provides suggestions and critiques to the artists as she guides them.
"I have worked with novice to professional," she said, noting she has had 16 artists at her studio, about 12 to 20 people at the Austintown Senior Center and residents at Heritage Manor.
"Many of the artists I work with are very accomplished," Jacobs said.
The people she works with range in age from their thirties to one in her nineties.
Jacobs said each artist can show as many pieces as they want.
Having retired from Mathews schools, where she worked with those under 18, Jacobs said she appreciates the adults she works with.
"The people I work with want to pick my brain for everything I can tell them. That is what is so enjoyable about it," Jacobs said.
She also teaches Paint and Taste events throughout the area. Visit www.susanjacobsart.com for more information.
Jacobs organized two projects, the Mona Lisa tribute and the 9-11 tribute, which are currently on display at the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport.
Gallery hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Fridays, 1 to 9 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.