Almost 40 years ago, Judy Dahl received a gift from her husband, Tom, that changed her life forever. He gave her a tole painting class for her birthday. She hasn’t stopped painting since.
Dahl is one of the many volunteers who contribute their time and talents to Payson Regional Medical Center through the hospital auxiliary, overseen by the Mogollon Health Alliance.
She volunteers at the auxiliary’s Almost New Shop as a cashier, but she contributed her artistic talents providing decorative painting around its entrance.
“I can’t resist decorating,” she said.
More recently, she put her talents to work for the upcoming Gracie Lee Haught Children’s Memorial Fund costume party and fund-raiser. The MHA/Almost New Shop came into possession of some old bed sets (headboards and footboards). Another volunteer, Walter Baughman, converted the furniture into benches and Dahl painted them. One features daisies, another has strawberries. A third, smaller bench, suited for a child has “funky chickens,” Dahl said.
“I need to paint to keep my soul happy,” she said.
After learning to tole paint, Dahl had the opportunity to learn china painting and the traditional Norwegian folk art, rosemaling.
“It is a great way to meet people,” she said of all the classes she has taken and the groups in which she enjoys membership.
In addition to enjoying classes, Dahl has also shared her skills with students.
In addition to tole painting, china painting and rosemaling, Dahl has tried her hand at painting gourds and tromp l’oi.
Dahl’s and Baughman’s benches will be auctioned Oct. 4 at the banquet hall at Mazatzal Casino.
For more information, call MHA at (928) 472-2588.