Saturday, October 18, 2014

Day 814: Meet Marlene Gerloff, another hero!

"Hero", photography and digital collage

I have a lot of heroes.
Today I had lunch with Marlene Gerloff, a true hero.

We sat in a tiny Chinese restaurant and talked.

(actual fortune at today's lunch)

What a treat to see what age almost 83 can be.

Smart, warm, funny and oh so talented!

Garden Path
An acclaimed watercolor artist with International shows, 

her work is widely collected around the world.

With a former career in advertising, now at 82 years old,

Marlene teaches regularly at Mission Viejo, Irvine & Laguna. 

Quiet Stream

We met through Karate.
Marlene's husband Milt is one of Demura Sensei's black belts
so we trained together at the hombu dojo in Santa Ana.
Marlene also trained till age 81.

Oso Creek

Marlene was guest demonstrator at HB Art League once,
when electricity and everything else was not working ...
and she gave the best watercolor demo I had ever seen. 

Originally from Boston, with a BFA from Massachusetts

College of Art. Marlene had a very successful career as graphic 

designer and advertising art director. 

(apologies for some glare in this photo due to my poor photography)

When Marlene retired, her design, drawing and composition

skills were brought to her love of watercolor.

She has taught at Orange  County Art Museum in Newport,

and is widely sought after as an art judge and demonstrator. 

Active in art organizations, Mission Viejo Cultural Council,

chairperson for the Cultural Arts Commission,

this award winning artist, teacher and early member of

Saddleback Art Leaguewas recruited in 2004 ...

by the City of Mission Viejo to design a ...

500 foot mosaic wall depicting the history of the area.

Marlene drew the entire wall by hand, then volunteers 

and family members completed the mosaics as an

artistic tribute to be enjoyed by all,  daily.

Another stunning outdoor feature, a steel butterfly.

Painted by Marlene with rainbow colors on

one side and butterflies of the world on the other.

She can do it all.


Marlene's studio and view

Marlene and husband Milt live high above Mission Viejo, 

surrounded by trees, quiet and a view of Lake Mission Viejo.

Another great day here in SoCal, but with a hero!

Happy Birthday Marlene ... 83 on Monday, October 20, 2014

A smile for Saturday ...

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