Where are they now? Folk artist Dorothy Rose
Born Dorothy McFeaters March 9, 1927, and raised in Jackson Township by grandparents Mahlon and Nellie (Lebkicker) Mc Featers, "Dot," as she likes to be called, had no brothers or sisters of her own, but considered her four uncles, Glenn, Danny, Donnie and Herbert McFeaters her siblings.
A 1945 graduate of Ebensburg Cambria High School and Hammond's School of Beauty Culture, Dorothy has been married to Jackson Township native Duane "Dink" Rose since Novemver 26, 1946. She and Duane are the parents of four children: Victoria Murton, Mundy's Corner; Mark, Homer City, and Remington and Michael, both of Vintondale R.D. They have seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
A life-long admirer of art, she vividly remembers the day she thought of becoming a painter..."I looked at the trees, fence rows, old buildings, and the beautiful clouds in the sky and thought...I could paint that...and then Duane bought me a set of paints." Following a year of weekly painting lessons, she began to paint and paint and paint.... Her beautiful Country Folk Art style of painting adorns objects that have been sold to customers and admirers in several states and she's given hand-painted objects as gifts to missionaries serving in Africa, Germany, England, and France.
"I enjoy painting winter scenes of old barns and cabins, deer and other animals, along with birds. Although I sign my name to my art, my signature is the redbird or Cardinal...its in the painting 'somewhere'; if it isn't there...it isn't my painting." Displayed throughout her large county home are numerous painted items that bear the Dorothy Rose touch, "I primarily paint on hand saws, circular saw blades, and stones, but I'll paint on other items if asked." Of particular note are an antique iron and butter churn, both intricately painted with winter scenes.
Although she uses both oil and acrylic paints, she prefers oil paints. "Oil paints are easier for the beginner, and because of their extended drying time they blend nicely and you can move them around more...acrylic paints dry faster but leave less margin for error."
You won't find her artwork in shops or galleries, however. "I only paint for individuals...if someone brings me an object and asks me to paint a scene on it, I will, but I don't sell at shows or out of stores."
Retired for many years, the Roses have had the time to visit every Civil War batttleground on the east coast and they visit Gettysburg every year. "One of the most interesting Civil War sites was Andersonville, the Confederate prison where Union soldiers were detained and severely mistreated."
Jackson Township memories? "I attended the old one-room Gray Schoolfor seventh and eighth grades. The teacher was Orrie Lovell and he looked and sounded like Will Rodgers. My days at Girl Scout Day Camp where we learned to make Smores" (a sweet treat made with Graham crackers, toasted marshmallows and Hershey Chocolate bars). One particular memory was of a period of time during WW2. "We had a Civil Defense Post behind our house in Mundy's Corner; it was used to track airplanes...the type of plane and which direction it was flying. It was there for several years during the war but was torn down after the war ended."
Her hope for the future? "I hope for steady employment for family and friends and I would like to see the old buildings and landmarks, like the old iron furnace in Vintondale, retained for the children of the future to enjoy."
wishing to send greetings can find Dorothy at DDR54@aol.com.
If you have a suggestion for a subject for Where Are They Now, please write to Judy Rose.
mother taught me about WEATHER
—Sent by Mike Harrison
serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold. For if you put
on more clothes as the cold increases, it will have no power to hurt you. So in
like manner you must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs, and they
will then be powerless to vex your mind.
—Leonardo da Vinci