Registration now open for SeniorStudio painting class

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Maplewood Recreation Department is again sponsoring SeniorStudio, a free, studio painting program specifically designed for township residents ages 60 and older with no previous art experience. Registration is now open for the fall semester. Since space is limited, interested students are encouraged to register soon, either in-person at DeHart Community Center or Town Hall or by contacting Michelle Wesley at or 973-763-0750.

New classes begin Thursday, Sept. 7, and run each Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at DeHart Community Center, 120 Burnett Ave. in Maplewood. The program, which includes eight classes and class trips to 1978 Arts Gallery and Montclair Museum, continues through Nov. 6.

“Watching the students in last year’s SeniorStudio grow over the course of the program was very gratifying,” Maplewood Recreation Director Melissa Mancuso said. “We are excited to offer the program to more students at our new age-friendly space next to the DeHart Community Center. The program is full of lessons for first-time artists as well as students who just haven’t picked up their brush in a while. It’s a friendly environment to let your creativity flow.”

Mayor Vic DeLuca, who has frequently visited the class, touted the program as well.

“SeniorStudio is part of our continuing effort and commitment to expand the type of programs we bring to town seniors, who represent a large and vital part of our community,” DeLuca said.

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