A group's love for painting spills into volunteer spirit

Running, scrapbooking, tennis, reading, if there's a love for it, there's a club for it.

This one is called The Rocky Top Decorative Painters (in Knoxville).

Barbara Enser says, "This is just a very giving group we help each other with what we love."

Each month they meet, a different member takes a turn teaching a project.

"It helps us grow, as painters," Enser says.

Gigi Wright shows several techniques used in faux finishing.
"This will have stamping, it will have ragging," Says Gigi.

Their love of painting spills over to charity.

Mary Jayne says, "We get a letter from Mobile Meals at the end of the year thanking us and explaining the reaction they have."

Members paint items like magnets, birdhouses and seasonal greetings on their own time.

They're delivered to home bound people with their mobile meals.

Barbara says, "It's nice to paint for someone who wants it. A way of giving back. It just tugs at your heart because they're thinking someone is thinking of me. And,it puts a smile on their face and a smile on our face. That's what we are here for."

New faces are always welcome, as long as you have volunteer spirit and can follow direction.

Gigi says, "Life is too short, you've gotta love what you're doing."

They meet once a month - the last Tuesday.
http://rtdpainters.com


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