PORTAGE | For Lenore Senovic, painting always has been a way to relax.
"It's really great therapy," she said. "When life is chaotic, you can lose yourself in a painting. I love the whole process of creating."
The 62-year-old Valparaiso resident recently painted children playing in fountains of water at Millennium Park in Chicago.
Her paintings are among the art on display in the 11th annual Senior Art Exhibit, which runs through February at the Porter County Public Library System's Portage branch, 2665 Irving St.
The 80-piece exhibit includes paintings, drawings, photography and multimedia creations by 45 area residents, ages 55 and older. It is sponsored by the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Senior Services.
Community members were invited to meet the artists at a reception Saturday at the library. Among those attending was Portage Mayor Olga Velazquez.
"It not only showcases their talent, but it's an opportunity for them to network with other seniors and make connections that go beyond this art fair," Velazquez said.
Judith Price, 68, of Portage, has participated every year. This year, her display included two drawings with collage paper titled "Low Budget Frequent Flier Miles" and "Socrates and Company."
"The hardest thing was coming up with the titles," she said.
A dreamcatcher titled "Dreaming of the Hunt" was among the other displays. It was created by Sam Smith, of Hobart, and Ken Lone Eagle, of Knox.
Eagle, a member of the Osage tribe of Oklahoma, was decked out in full American Indian regalia.
Natalie Keller, 67, of Portage, displayed two digital photographs titled "Twelve Apostles" and "Sydney Street Scene," taken during a recent trip to Australia.
Keller said she has been interested in photography since the early 1990s.
"I'm just proud to have captured something that I'd like other people to see," she said.