Artist preserves memories

All this month, the art of Maryanne Moore is on exhibit at Tiffin-Seneca Public Library. The collection includes portraits of people, animals, covered bridges and historic buildings in Tiffin done in pen and ink, acrylic and watercolor.

The artist is a lifelong resident of Seneca County who started drawing at age 6 or 7.

After graduation from Calvert High School in 1972, Moore studied art at Heidelberg College and at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Later, she took more instruction from local artist Mary McFerren.

Moore continued to pursue art after her wedding, but family and work took priority. She did complete portraits of her children, siblings and a favorite dog “that I still miss.”

“I used to paint when I was young. Then I had one baby, and we bought a business. Then I had another baby, so the art got put aside for about 30 years,” Moore said. “Now I’m painting again. I joined the (Tiffin Art) Guild.”

During that 30 years, Moore and her husband owned C.G. Meyer and Sons, which constructed awnings and other canvas items. The Moores and their two sons designed, engineered, fabricated and installed hundreds of large, commercial awning projects.

Moore also took commissions to do portraits of homes and other buildings for numerous customers.

Covered bridges from the area appear in several of Moore’s pieces. She said she finds them nostalgic and romantic, as well as artistic. While painting the structures, she learned about the various styles of trusses used to build them.

“I went and photographed them and just worked from my own photographs,” she said. “Ohio has a lot, and if you get up close to the Pennsylvania border, there’s one county that has about 16 of them.”

Now retired from the awning business, Moore devotes much of her time to her four grandchildren. Moore often displays her work at the TAG Gallery, 178 S. Washington St., where she volunteers two days a month.

Moore still is willing to do building portraits. Email her at moachie2001@yahoo.

com or call (419) 455-0452 to learn more.