Monday, June 19, 2000

Age doesn't stop painter

Solo exhibit scheduled

By Walt Schaefer
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MONTGOMERY — For 38 years, Radia S. Pfingstag put brush to canvas.

        About 3,000 paintings — landscapes, still lifes and abstracts — were created by the artist who decided to rekindle a hobby after her teaching career ended.

        “I have paintings in every state but Alaska,” said Mrs. Pfingstag, who at age 93 will present a solo art show, ""Over the Years ... a Retrospective” in the hallways and community rooms of the Montgomery Care Center on Sunday.

        “I can't paint any more,” said Mrs. Pfingstag, who came to the care center last December after falling at her Deerfield Road home. “But, I still enter my work in shows. I sent four miniatures to a national miniature show in (the state of) Wyoming this year and three to another national show in Baltimore. They accepted them all (for exhibit).” Mrs. Pfingstag holds a master's degree in American English from Columbia University and a bachelor's degree in English and history from Miami University.

        She taught at and was principal of the old Miami ville School in Clermont County. She also taught at Madeira Middle School and in Cincinnati Public Schools (she graduated from Withrow High School).

        Mark Ostendorf, administrator of the Montgomery Care Center on Cooper Road, said the art show “gives us the chance to show that these are not just older people who do nothing. This is still a woman who is engaged in things at 93.”

        The display will remain up through July 14, he said.

        Mrs. Pfingstag, who took classes at the Cincinnati Art Academy during her high school years, said she decided to return to painting to the surprise of her husband, Erwin. “He said he didn't know I painted and I told him I was too busy and he never asked.”

        Mrs. Pfingstag has donated works to the Loveland and the Montgomery historical societies. Both city councils have declared Sunday as Radia S. Pfingstag Day.


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