Nancy Stewart Matin | In My Own Words

I was with the Hoover Co. for 32 years. It occured to me I should have some interest or hobby for retirement and I started dabbling with watercolor. And dabble it was. I would paint awhile and then chase other butterflies.

Why do you do what you do?

I was with the Hoover Co. for 32 years. It occured to me I should have some interest or hobby for retirement and I started dabbling with watercolor. And dabble it was. I would paint awhile and
then chase other butterflies.

While I worked, I was one of the original volunteers at the Battered Women’s Shelter, and then I moved on to the Rape Crisis program with the American Red Cross. I became chairman of the board of the Red Cross for three years after my retirement. I always had the compulsion that I needed to give back.

Art was always of great interest as well. When I became the sole caretaker for my husband, I was housebound with him many times. I had the choice of soap operas or painting. The painting won out, and I became good and began winning awards in shows. I am basically self-taught.

The next progression was teaching art, which I have enjoyed for the past 11 years. I have some students who have been with me most of that time, and they constitute my Monday night class that I hold in my home and call the Salon. One of my students, Russ Hench, accuses me of “yammering” at them but I am so enmeshed in art history, if I consider Matisse a personal friend, I think they should also. I also teach a hands-on class at the North Canton Library, and my current group has astonished me.

What is on your bucket list?

My bucket list is to live to be 100, still healthy and still painting and teaching. I drink cognac and smoke a good cigar daily to be sure I get there! Seriously, I have a great deal of skill to share and love to share, and my goal is to accomplish both of these outpourings.

What is on your mind?

On my mind these days … two one-woman shows: one at the new ArtSpot in Minerva in July and the second at the Little Art Gallery in the North Canton Library in September. I have been absorbed in creating new work and seeing to the proper presentation.

ABOUT NANCY

WHAT: Local artist; in the permanent collections of the Canton Museum of Art, the Massillon Museum, the Little Art Gallery, among others

EDUCATION: Associate degree from Kent State University and audit classes at Malone.

COMMUNITY BOARDS: Board president, Friends of the Little Art Gallery; past president, Canton Museum of Art; past chairman, American Red Cross; volunteer, Salvation Army