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Our Art for Seniors' Portfolio is something we are happy to provide to honor and commemorate the outstanding accomplishments of our senior artists. We have personally witnessed how our courses have shaped them into self-assured, courageous, and tenacious artists. They have maintained their focus and made significant progress on their artwork while taking numerous classes. We want to thank them by giving them a dedicated place where they may present their work to the public, where visitors, family and friends can view some of the seniors' artwork. This area will serve as motivation for others and a reminder of the power and significance of using art as a means of development, therapy, and discipline. These remarkable people have elevated their artistic abilities via perseverance and hard effort. We feel privileged to share in their adventure.


The pieces of art displayed in this section were all produced in our Art for Seniors workshops.


Carol Georgiev

Dominique's class has been super beneficial to me.  Despite the years of Covid I’ve had this class to look forward to and enjoy.  Now the house is filling up with accomplishments/art homework assignments.  Dominique takes us thru many forms of media, including drawing.  She’s an amazing artist and an instructor with the patience of Job and the kindest of hearts.  Thanks for sharing with us, Seniors, your many talents and time, Dominique.  You are a gem.

Ellen Kardy

These classes mean a lot to me. I've always wanted to learn to draw. There are a lot of artists on my mother's side of the family, and there's always been art all over the house. But I grew up with a couple friends who ended up as professional artists, who both were terrific at it from the moment their little fingers first clutched a crayon, so I guess I had unrealistic ideas about how bad I was at it. So here I was four years ago at the very beginning of Covid, sitting around the house watching my dear, sweet, smart, sassy mother's dementia get worse and worse and worse, and Iona House offered a senior art class in learning to draw. All on the Zoom platform so I wouldn't have to go out and risk killing either of us immunocompromised seniors. And I learned how to draw, and I was actually pretty good at it. And then we did something else, maybe pastels, which I loved, and acrylics, which I loved, and watercolors which I basically sucked at, and then we did it all again, only this time we picked up on the finer points of perspective, color theory, more pastels, more drawing, more acrylics, some mixed media etc. etc. And I've got to tell you, I feel like these classes have saved my life. Being able to think about something I really loved during a dark period of my life made a huge difference to me. I love Dominique, she's so kind and helpful and patiently puts up with all our questions and occasional rants and whines. My classmates amaze me with their abilities. I can't believe how good some of their pieces are, and they're always willing to share how they did something that worked or didn't. This class has been a terrific experience, and I love it.  

ZMAG's Senior Student Ellen Kardy
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My experiences in Zola Monroe Art Group workshops provided through IONA were much more rewarding than I ever dreamed, primarily because I have taken art classes over ten years or more without much improvement.  After taking Art for Seniors, I am now proud to show my friends and even a few strangers some of the finished paintings I’ve done.  I’ve learned techniques that I will continue to use for many years, and I no longer fear trying a medium that I’ve never tried.  Thanks and kudos to Dominique for her patience in teaching us and giving us feedback on each and every work.  I look forward to taking more workshops and continuing to improve with your help.

Patty Hamsher

ZMAG's Senior Student Michelle Stoute

Michele Stoute

I attend the "Iona Age Well. Live Well" Studio Art program on Thursday's at St. Albans in Northwest Washington. The paintings, sketches, and drawings in my portfolio were completed under Dominique's guidance. Through this program, I can continue to stay connected with others.


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Susan Hormuth

I started participating in Dominique’s weekly art class well over a year ago, hoping not to have to move much out of my “comfort zone.”  Apart from a couple of short-lived exceptions, I had not taken a studio art class in several decades.  While I have a background in photography, I had never had instruction, or even a chance to dabble, in several of the media Dominque brought to the seniors, such as drawing with pencils, charcoal, and pastels, and painting with acrylics, and creating colleges.  I thought that the classes for seniors would be more casual and less intimidating for me than instruction at an academic institution or private facility, and would I just get to “sample” some different art supplies.  However, I soon found that Dominique’s classes provide instruction on such topics as color theory, shading, and perspective along with a chance to “play” with familiar and unfamiliar media.  I enjoy my weekly chance to unplug from my normal routine and be creative.  I am always amazed with the diverse creativity of my fellow classmates --- our work looks so unique, even when we use the same reference image.  And I am happy to have my creative “zone” comfortably expanded.  Thanks, Dominique!

Susan Hormuth

May, 2023

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Sudabeh Behbin

I initially began my painting journey in September 2019 as part of University of the District of Columbia Community College (UDC-CC) art class.  I had never painted before. But after a few months, I was in love.  I later started at Cleveland Park library, attending ZMAG's workshop.  These workshops have taught me a lot. I am overjoyed that I began painting.  I feel joyful and quite relaxed when I'm painting. 

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Joyce Smith

Zmag workshops has been a wonderful place to learn about many facets of making art - from acrylics, pastels, watercolors, collage, and drawing basics. Dominique Hughes is a joy to have as an instructor. She is knowledgeable, supportive, and generous with her time, as well as being a gifted artist. 


           Click here to check out more work from Joyces' personal collection of art

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