Susan Dull may be retired from the 9 to 5 world but she is quite busy. In addition to painting pet portraits and other subjects, Dull is in charge of organizing art in the gallery space and cafe St. Stephens Episcopal Church. “It is an effort to make more people welcome at St. Stephens and the Episcopal Church in general,” she says.
Dull finds the artists (St. Stephens members only may show in the gallery but non-members are eligible to exhibit in the cafe space), helps publicize the exhibition and arranges for a fabulous catered opening reception. “This art thing has really caught on and a lot of churches are calling me up to find out about how to do it,” she says.
Spring Comes to the Alley, Oil, 16x20, $450
Even with an art opening once per month in the gallery space and six times per year in the cafe, Dull still finds time to do some volunteering. Her other retirement “job” is to help organize the annual READ Art Show to raise funds for The New Community School. “I have been doing it from the start,” she says. “We have grown from raising under $10,000 our first year to $110,000 last year.”
When asked what she is doing while staying home, Dull sited a cleaning up of sorts. She says, “While cocooning I am making myself go back and look at some unfinished paintings to see if reflection will help me to finish them.”
You can find and purchase some of her finished work at her virtual gallery on the CAC website at: https://www.crossroadsartcenter.com/collections/susan-dull-1