Though he doesn't necessarily consider himself an art collector, resident Ed Reynolds knows a beautiful painting when he sees one, and he wants others to see it, too.
"I've lived here since 2013, but it was just four or five months ago when I decided to get the painting out of storage and give it new life in the library," said Ed. "I figured other people would enjoy it."
Ed was certainly right about that. Other residents, staff members and visitors are enjoying the one-of-a-kind piece, painted by renowned California artist Beverly Carrick.
"My late wife Arlene worked at Southgate Bank, and they had art shows in the lobby from time to time. It was probably the late 80s, and that was a piece she really enjoyed. So, it came home with us," said Ed. "We paid about $1,500 for it back then, and it hung in our living room for many years. It was even lit from above."
Though the lights that once hung above it didn't fit in the space above the painting in the library, it's beautifully displayed nonetheless. Ed does enjoy art, though he leans toward pursuing photography. This makes sense, given his career background.
"I worked at Channel 9 for 40 years. I was a cameraman for a while, then during my last 15 years, I was the studio supervisor in charge of maintaining equipment," said Ed.
Ed and his wife, Dolores Patton, met at Aberdeen Village and were married last year. They are enjoying their new two-bedroom apartment, and he's pleased that so many are enjoying the artwork he purchased all those years ago.