Senior Living community exhibit highlights a lifetime of art
Pines of Mount Lebanon displays resident Marjorie Schroeder’s paintings
The exhibit of 14 paintings included a self-portrait of Schroeder done when she was in her 20s. A portrait of W.C. Putnam in the exhibit previously had been displayed during the October 1961 opening of the Davenport Public Museum. Putnam’s estate made possible construction of the museum and art gallery in the 1960s.
Schroeder, originally from Pleasant Valley, has been part of the memory care program at The Pines for nearly a year. A longtime member of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, she graduated with honors from Carnegie Institute of Technology, now Carnegie Mellon University, in the College of Fine Arts and the Department of Painting and Design in 1945.
“Marjorie is a fascinating woman,” said Susie Medved, Memory Care Program Coordinator at The Pines of Mount Lebanon, 1537 Washington Road, Pittsburgh. “Originally, the exhibit was going to include four paintings, but it grew to 14 paintings. Marjorie’s family was a great help in assembling and transporting this impressive body of work.”
Schroeder taught drawing and painting at Winchester-Thurston Prep School in Pittsburgh. She also instructed at Chatham College and taught basic design at her alma mater CMU. For several years, she worked with Irene Pasinski and Associates doing large-scale commission work. Her portraits in both oil and pastels have been painted for commission as well as for family and friends. She has four daughters.
“This art exhibit is a great bridging activity for our senior living community,” said Gary Renwick, Executive Director of The Pines of Mount Lebanon. “We’re having a great activity in memory care, and we’re able to bring our residents over from senior living. Our senior living residents were able to enjoy the activity and participate with the residents in memory care. Marjorie is a gifted artist and this exhibit really shows that talent.”
Susie Medved, Memory Care Coordinator