Tony Marzo may be a bricklayer by trade, but he is an artist at heart.
According to Shepherd of the Valley officials, the evidence of Marzo's art can be seen adorning the walls and offices of the facility at 1500 McKinley Ave., where the nearly 92-year-old resides in the Assisted Living community.
His daughter, Nancy Constantini, brings in the art supplies, and before long a new masterpiece is born.
"I like to use acrylics," Marzo said. "Oil paints take too long to dry."
When asked what he would like to do if he had the opportunity, Marzo said, "I love art but never had any formal training. I'd like to take an art class"
With that request, the Dream Team from Shepherd of the Valley-Niles sprang into action and contacted Melissa Mills, art education teacher in the McDonald School District and studio director / instructor at the Art Studio at Escape in Austintown.
When she learned of Marzo's dream to expand his artistic repertoire, she was eager to help.
Opening her studio on Monday, Mills gave Marzo a one-on-one lesson, fulfilling his dream of taking an art class.
Second Wind Dreams helps senior citizens fulfill their dreams no matter what their age and the staff of Shepherd of the Valley works with the organization to help make those dreams come true locally.
For more information, contact Kristen Taylor, Shepherd of the Valley-Niles Admissions/Marketing Director, at KristenT@ShepherdoftheValley.com or 330-544-0771, Ext. 2817.