Cornwall artist, 86-year-old Klara Calitri, hopes her paintings and porcelain cereamics uplift people. She encourages these feelings with bright colors and showcasing vegetables, flowers, and animals – especially birds – from her garden, says the Addison Independent. Klara always has been interested in art and dabbled in various two- and three-dimensional mediums while she was a teacher, but her art really became a full-time occupation and pre-occupation when she retired in the 1970s. She paints mostly with oil, pastels, and aquarelle; and her pots are shaped by hand around smooth, curved stones, not on a wheel, much like the Peruvian Indians. “I want to pass on my joy to other people, and they may not feel exactly the same way – but I think they feel a little uplifted,” Klara added. Her works can be seen at the Southern Vermont Arts Center, Brandon Artists’ Gallery, and in other states. Klara is quite literally a breath of fresh air.
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