MAHOPAC, N.Y.— At the age of 92, Carmel resident Dagmar Swanson does not let her failing eyesight stop her from being creative and sharing her newly found talent with the community.

Using watercolors and permanent markers, Swanson’s work demonstrates her enjoyment of painting that is often inspired by elements of nature. Ten of her recent works are currently on display on the second floor at Mahopac Public Library. The work will remain on exhibit through the month of September at can be viewed during regular library hours.

Several years ago, Swanson’s neighbor invited her to attend an art class at the Kohler Senior Center in Mahopac.  Working with the art instructor at the Center, James Sparks, Swanson quickly became an avid student and found her interest in art grow into a meaningful pursuit. To date, Dagmar has donated 20 paintings to the Drew Methodist Church in Carmel, and to the annual 4H Fair. She has also gifted more than 25 paintings to friends and relatives in eight states and even in Sweden.

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Recently, a friend gave her six cut-off pieces of plywood.  Swanson thanked him, but wondered what to do with the wood. She did what many artists would do—she used the wood to create her artwork. Even as her eyesight diminishes, Swanson draws from her imagination to produce pieces that are colorful and full of life.

For further information about exhibits at Mahopac Library, visit, or call 845-628-2009, ext 100.