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Barbara Oertel (Compa)

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The series you see here is the result of a 30 year career working with a nursing home population. As an artist, I naturally am in constant awe of the beauty of the human form and the effects of life upon it….Now a partially retired empty nester, I am trying to find my way back into the process of creating art. I am struggling to find the time and energy to begin again, and am frustrated with what to do with my already created work in terms of “having my say…” For this, I look to my new colleagues (you!) for support. I am happy to be in your midst.


Education: B.S. Art Education State University College at Buffalo

Currently employed at several facilities for older adults as a bus driver
and as a contractor decorative painter of antique gramophone horns.


• “On my own Time” 1986, 1987
• NYSHSA Statewide exhibits 1991, 1992, 1993
• “Images of Older People” a collection of my own work organized initiated by “me”
Williams Gallery, Rochester, NY
Monroe Community Hospital, Rochester, NY
Folts Homes, Utica, NY

• “The Best Time” 2005 Monroe Community Hospital
• “I once Danced with Balanchine” Salon de Refuse at Image City Gallery
• “Breath of Life” Rochester Contemporary Members Exhibition 2007
New York State Figure Study Guild 2014