Works of art by Jean Swanson
The Meeting Room at Friends' Memorial Public Library has been exhibiting works of art by area residents recently. Two of the works are hand embroidery pieces, "Winter Visitors" and "Singing Friends" by Jean Swanson, a long-time Kane resident who now lives at the Lutheran Home. Jean worked for 37 years at Kane Community Hospital as the dietician while her husband Gene worked for the U.S. Postal Service and on the original Planning Committee for the creation of the Lutheran Home. Both Jean and Gene were active in Boy Scouts, she as a den mother with Cub Scouts. She notes that it was not always easy working full-time and raising a family (daughter, Janet, and son, Paul) during WWII. In January Jean and her family and friends celebrated her 97th birthday. The library staff invites the public to visit the Meeting Room to see Jean's work as well as paintings by other local artists whom they hope to feature soon. When you attend film time at the Friends' Library Theater on Thursday or Saturday, you can also enjoy the art work of friends and neighbors.