Former Bangor resident and artist, Polly Ross, 91, “hung up her brushes” last Sunday in a successful Nashua, New Hampshire art show where she was honored for her lengthy artistic career. The event was sponsored by the Nashua Area Artist Association and held at the Hunt Memorial Building, an historic downtown Nashua location. In awarding Ross an honorary lifetime membership, Association President Jacqueline Barry commented, “We are honored to be able to recognize Polly for her many contributions over the years.” The exhibit, which ran from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Sunday October 28th, was well-attended. Polly sold 25 of her remaining 36 works of art displayed. Polly’s career as an artist had been brought to a close in recent years by failing eyesight. Said Ross of her decision to sell her remaining pieces, “I’d rather someone enjoy them hanging in their home than gathering dust in my studio.”
Polly’s career as an artist is a story of a remarkable discovery of talent later in life, much to the surprise and great pride of the family she cared for many years as mother and homemaker. Ross and her husband Johnny moved from Bangor in 1962, relocating to Hudson, NH. A few years later, with children off to college and extended family far away in Maine, Polly began to explore creative ways to occupy her time. She discovered a long-ignored artistic bent. Beginning with courses by local artists and then self-taught over the years, Polly developed her own eye and technique in works of still life and New England themes. She joined the Nashua Area Artist Association and became a regular exhibitor at art shows throughout the region, including Bangor. Her oil paintings were popular favorites and often received recognition. Her husband Johnny, once the breadwinner, upon retirement became her constant helper and most ardent supporter. He passed away in 1998. Despite her advancing age, Polly continued to paint, often in recent years at the Nashua NH Senior Activity Center, where she occasionally filled in as instructor in their art classes. Polly’s successful career is an encouragement to all to explore talents that may lie hidden, at whatever age we may discover them, and risk pursuing new avenues of creative expression.
For further information please see the Nashua Area Artist Association website at http://www.nashuaareaartistsassoc.org.