The Delta Senior Center is honored to display works of art by Marcella Kunes in the dining hall at 247 Meeker Street.
Marcella was born in Iowa, but her family moved to the Boulder area of Colorado when she was young. In 1942 she married Navy man Les Kunes, who was shipped out the day after their wedding and did not return to Boulder until the end of World War II.
In 1967, a job opportunity for Les resulted in a move to Richardson, Texas. In 1974, at the age of 51, Marcella was diagnosed with a rare muscle disease that limited her physical activities. It was during this time she decided she wanted to develop her artistic skills and took a few art classes. Predominantly self taught, she found solace and fulfillment in oil painting.
Les and Marcella moved to Cedaredge in 1997. Marcella never liked bringing attention to her artwork. After much encouragement from her family, she finally entered one of her paintings in the Edge of Cedars Art Show and won an award in the amateur oil painting category. In September 2001 Marcella passed away succumbing to her muscle disease.
The Senior Center is grateful to the family of Marcella Kunes for sharing her paintings. She represents many artists in our community who are hesitant to exhibit their work. The family honors her and inspires many with this reminiscent exhibition.
Marcella Kunes' work will be on display through April. 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. All are welcome and encouraged to view this impressive display of Marcella Kunes' work.
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.