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‘Grounded and grateful’

Local artist wants to share love of creativity with community

LAURA JAMESON/THE EXPRESS Examples of pieces Marianne has created during lessons with Art Post Awareness and private lessons are spread out on a table at Avenue 209.

LOCK HAVEN — Grounded and grateful.

Those are two staples of local 2D mixed media artist Marianne Olivo’s life, both in her creative process and day to day living.

Now Olivo wants to share that love of art and appreciation of life with anyone willing to listen and learn.

Art has always been a part of Olivo’s life. From her childhood in Pittsburgh, to earning a Bachelor of Arts at Penn State University and right here in Lock Haven, the seeds of creativity continue to follow her.

“My earliest memory was painting or drawing,” Olivo said. “There’s always been a thread of art in my life in some way, shape or form.”

LAURA JAMESON/THE EXPRESS, LEFT; PHOTO PROVIDED, RIGHT Marianne holds an example of the artistic journaling she does and that other’s can do too if they take her class. Pictured is an example of Marianne’s work that may be displayed during a show in November at The Ross Library.

Olivo said art is a way for her to process the things around her and has directed her through her entire life.

“I feel like it’s almost a road map for me. It’s the way I process the rest of the world. It just helps me find my way,” she said. “That’s the thread that keeps going.”

Olivo — who keeps very busy with part-time office positions, teaching lessons with George Stefanski for Art Post Awareness and her art career — suddenly found herself with much more free time due to the COVID-19 pandemic in March.

She used this unplanned down time to build up her art business and create something new for interested individuals.

This month Olivo is conducting art classes for a new endeavor called The GAME (Grateful Art Mapping Everyday).

LAURA JAMESON/THE EXPRESS, LEFT; PHOTO PROVIDED, RIGHT Marianne holds an example of the artistic journaling she does and that other’s can do too if they take her class. Pictured is an example of Marianne’s work that may be displayed during a show in November at The Ross Library.

The GAME is a form of artistic journaling where participants take a moment to draw something positive from their day during the week.

“The goal of this is to represent one moment each day that you’re grateful for,” she said.

Olivo will also conduct a 30-minute class each Wednesday which teaches you how to create an image she’s chosen via Zoom.

The cost for the program is $29 with classes meeting each Wednesday. Those who are interested won’t necessarily need specific supplies either.

“My goal is to make this adaptable to what you have,” she explained.

Although the first Wednesday has already passed, Olivo said she’s willing to schedule a catch up class.

“You can jump in on the twelfth. It would be the same price and I will offer a catch up tutorial,” she said. “Just mention that you read about the class in The Express.”

Olivo herself has been taking part in “visual journaling” for about four years since she participated in a 365 Day Art Challenge.

“Three months in everything shifted for me… from that point forward that was a direction I wanted to go,” she said.

Olivo hopes that teaching this practice to others can help them see the good things in life the way she’s been able to.

“For me it brings me back to being really present and grateful, despite all these challenges in the world. It’s been that feel good thing,” she said.

Anyone who might be interested in signing up for the class can contact Olivo via email at molivo4416@gmail.com.

Olivo also offers private lessons for $20 per hour and group lessons for $12 per hour. She’s always willing to help coach those who may be uncertain of their own artistic abilities.

“I believe we all have these threads of creativity. My mission statement is to befriend your inner artist,” she said. “It’s about keeping things playful.”

You can learn more about Olivo and her practices by visiting her website www.mariannesart.com or visit her Facebook page Mariannsart.

Anyone who may like to see examples of her work in person can visit Avenue 209 Coffee House where she’s showing various pieces in the month of August.

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