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Friendship and artistic talent on display at museum

Posted on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 9:00 am

Two friends of about 50 years, both former teachers, will display artistic talents that, waiting in the wings to be developed, took flight after they retired. Theirs is the August Art and Wine event sponsored by the Westmoreland County Museum, and the Inn at Montross. It will run for a month beginning Wednesday, Aug. 13 at 5 p.m. with an artist’s reception at the museum and refreshments available at the Inn.

Rosa Noyes with one of her enchanting seascapes.

Rosa Noyes with one of her enchanting seascapes.

Rosa Noyes of Powhatan and Coles Point, and Susan Paul of Farmville have known each other since college. “Rosa is like a sister to me,” said Paul. Noyes, in fact, was Paul’s inspiration to try her hand at painting.

Noyes recalled that even as a child using crayons to color Cinderella’s dresses, they became gowns of many hues!  Her high school art classes affirmed for her that it was something she enjoyed, and her college art teachers encouraged her to keep developing her skills. Graduating in 1963 from Longwood with a teaching degree though, she taught elementary school for six years, had a 20-year hiatus while raising her children, then returned to teaching when they started college. During those years, she did take art classes, but “never took it seriously. It was just a fun outlet,” she said. Finally retiring in 2006, “I decided then and there that it was time to do what I wanted, and that was to paint.”