From experienced quilter, to crochet teacher, to a painter, Rosemarie Zanetto has had quite the artistic journey. The Bellmore Memorial Library welcomed her on Nov. 9 for the opening reception of her art show that will be displayed for the month of November.
Zanetto is a member of the Long Island Quilters Society in Freeport, and opened her own quilting and gift store in Wantagh, called the Country Rose. The store was open from 1988 to 1994 where she also taught quilting classes, but closed due to a busy schedule with two young children to raise at home.
After an introduction to watercolors many years prior, eventually, a friend approached her and mentioned she would be teaching painting classes at a senior center. Zanetto was quick to join. There she first learned how to paint with acrylic paint. Now, she has been painting regularly for the past several years.
“I just love colors, I learned how to blend colors, its just very relaxing,” she said “It just comes easy.”
When she’s not working on her own art, she teaches others how to become artists in their own right. She teaches classes at Bellmore-Merrick Adult Education, which include crochet and craft classes, as well as crochet classes for the Town of Hempstead.
Her exhibition at the Bellmore Memorial Library features paintings of florals and landscapes, but she also takes inspiration from what’s around her. Zanetto looks to paint from what she sees in fabrics, magazines, or even greeting cards — always putting her own spin on what she sees.
Her advice for beginners? No matter what age, always give it a try.
“I always say, try it and see if you like it. There’s no harm in trying something, and give yourself time,” said Zanetto.
Zanetto’s exhibit will be on show until Nov. 30 at the Bellmore Memorial Library located at 2288 Bedford Avenue Bellmore. For more information visit BellmoreLibrary.org