Redefining Retirement: Never Letting the Paint Dry

Redefining Retirement
Make Mine Art party

After years of serving CPS as an art teacher, art curriculum developer, and graphic artist, Patricia Stewart was able to really tap into her artistic side when she retired in 2010. Her works include paintings, collages, dry pastels, and acrylics, with each piece having its own distinctive style. She draws inspiration from her extensive travels, cultural background, and love of jazz, using them to create abstract, spiritual, and whimsical pieces.

Patricia’s dedication to her craft led to her opening the Studio of the Wet Paintbrush in the Bridgeport Art Center, a dedicated space where she can work and experiment that is open to the public the third Friday of every month. Ever the educator, she also uses the studio space to regularly host events where she helps others discover their inner artist.

Make Mine Art parties are three-hour painting workshops where Patricia introduces the basics of painting while participants create a one-of-a-kind work of art, and can be reserved for private events like birthday parties, bridal or baby showers, or any gathering of art aficionados. Her Sip & Sew classes explore the creative side of fashion as guests make a unique article of clothing or accessory while enjoying some drinks and light snacks.

Also on the Advisory Board for the South Side Community Art Center, a member of Sapphire and Crystals (a community of African-American artists), and a former board member of Chicago Alliance of Visual Artists (CAVA), Patricia is reveling in the time she has to dedicate to her passion. You can check out examples of her work on

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