LARCHMONT, N.Y. - Larchmont's waterfront homes not only inspired Marcia Jaeger to move into the community when she retired four years ago, they are the subject of her gallery on display at the Larchmont Library throughout July.
"It's really brilliant," said Michael Mazzola, a Mamaroneck resident, who attended Monday's reception for the gallery, titled Historic Homes of Manor Park and Scenes from Premium Point. "It goes beyond depicting realistic houses and goes on to animate them and give them another dimension."
While John Dracos, a Larchmont resident, most enjoyed "Sunset at Horseshoe Harbor," Jaeger, who moved to Mamaroneck after retiring in 2007, prefers "Arts and Crafts House," because of the Prospect Avenue home's unique design.
"I had become enamored of Manor Park, having been to the area so many times on my way to Horseshoe Harbor," said Jaeger, whose son lives in Larchmont. "The homes, the park, the people (and their dogs) are very special."
Jaeger currently rents an apartment, but is thinking of buying one. "While pricey, you've got the Metro-North, you've got the water, you can't ask for more than that," she said.
The Edward Hopper enthusiast taught kindergarten through 12th grade art for 12 years in New Jersey in addition to being a professional textile designer. Before that, she said she was a bored artist. Jaeger trained at the Fashion Insitute of Technology in the evenings, as well as the Art Student's League, which she credits with bringing her to this point.
"I'd never painted houses before, it's my first shot," she said. "I hope to make a career of painting people's homes."
The exhibit is on display in the Orseman Gallery, where the library hosts two artists work on either side of the narrow, bottom-floor hall. Also on display is the photography of Shirley Zieberg.
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