The Delta Senior Center is honored to display works of art by Hendrika Cegielski in the dining hall located at 247 Meeker Street.
Cegielski was born in Vookhout, The Netherlands. Her family immigrated to the United States to Pennsylvania when Hendrika was a small child. She grew up there and met her husband, Marty, at a church sponsored teen club. They became high school sweethearts and married in 1965. While raising a family, Hendrika became interested in the furrier field and began designing and creating chinchilla coats and fur accessories. She became active in the national chinchilla industry and she and Marty travelled to annual meetings in Denver. While there, they decided to take some time to explore Colorado. They fell in love with the Western Slope and moved to Crawford in 1992.
Hendrika says, "Since I was in the first grade, I wanted to be an artist." With her children grown, Hendrika had the time to pursue that dream. Opportunities to work with Crawford artist Kathy Steckel began the process of developing her skills. In collaboration with Steckel, she worked for over six years teaching classes to both children and adults at the art school in Crawford. She credits Steckel as her mentor.
Cegielski served as a mentor to a young man through the Art Partners program for several years developing his creative skills. He is now in college on a career path to success. She was an artist member of the Creamery in Hotchkiss and has devoted hundreds of hours of volunteer time. She was president of the West Elks Arts Council for many years organizing and participating in the annual "Render the Rock" event, winning a Best of Show award. Now living in Delta, Hendrika says, "I feel so fortunate to be able to pursue a career in art."
Hendrika Cegielski's work will be on display until mid-January. The Senior Center is open from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Thrift Shop in the center is open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Lunch is served at noon in the hall. Donation for lunch is $3 for those 60 years old and older, $8.40 for those younger. All are welcome to view this impressive display of Cegielski's work.