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Seniors Give Back to Gulfport

Artists at the Gulfport Senior Center donated art to help the community. The center provides resources for seniors and caregivers.

Three senior artists, who have participated in Gulfport Senior Center activities, donated several paintings recently to help the center. The paintings were raffled at a health expo Feb. 6.

Iris Collett, who lives part of the year in Town Shores, developed her love of art in her native Newfoundland. As a seasonal Florida resident, she enjoys taking art classes at the center. She stopped by at the expo and shared her passion for observing nature.

"It gives me great satisfaction, depicting scenery or flowers, as I see it," Collett said.

Bonnie Dupus, of Gulfport, is a multi-media artist who molds clay and paints with acrylics, watercolors, oils and pastels. Dupus volunteers at the center's food pantry.

Anne Beachler Morton, of St. Petersburg, came to Florida 20 years ago and loves participating in Senior Center classes and traveling.

"I have always loved to tackle creative projects...I have been blessed with a full life of wonderful family and friends," Morton wrote in her artist statement.

Dupus and Morton were not at the expo, while Patch was there.

The Gulfport Senior Center offers a variety of classes and special events.  For caregivers the center has a support group on Wednesdays at 2 p.m.

Other events include: a safe driving class, beginner sketching, Italian language classes, knitting, Tai Chi, and Scrabble. See the complete monthly offerings attached to this story.

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