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Painting instructor experience. Most people claim Sheila Vertoli assists drinking wine helps them and one of her painting students during a they can get relaxed.” Canvas Creations The artist recalls a class at painting class held at St. Matthews Catholic Church the High Seas Lounge in Winter Haven. for a group of people held once a month. A lady in a wheelchair attended and later told Vertoli that she had put her paints down for years and years. After the class she went to Michael’s to buy paint and supplies and in a month’s time she had painted four pieces. “She was so thrilled I had put that out to her,” Vertoli says. “Her family was happy that we had brought back part of their mother. That is what inspires me because people have so much fun.” Vertoli shares that perhaps only about 10 percent of the class participants have an art background but are so encouraged when they leave that they can do something of their own. Many of the same people continue to return to the monthly gatherings she teaches at area businesses in Winter Haven that she has been holding over the course of two years. “I have seen how much they have improved

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March / April 2017

The 863 Magazine - March & April 2017  

Hollis Garden's History; Volunteerism in Polk; Canvas Creations; The 5 A's for Restoring Integrity; Non-Profit Spotlight: Talbot House. The...

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