A look at people in our community

My Name Is ... Jackie Burson

Artist, choir singer and member of seniors group


Eye through decades

I've been doing photography for a long time — been fiddling with it for 20-25 years. I started doing painting about a year and half ago. I'm not very good at all the technological stuff now, Photoshop and all that stuff. I tried really hard to learn it … With computers, I'm just not so good.

I have had paintings and some photography featured at the Lone Tree Recreation Center and at Southglenn Library. It will also be at Tallyn's Reach Library in Aurora. And it will also be featured, some of it, in October at Eloise May Library.

It's always nature — it's landscapes, flowers, some macro photography of flowers. With paintings, I really am turned on and inspired and affected by colors, particularly light colors.

In the thick of town

I live about a mile north of Southglenn Library, just off South University Boulevard. I've lived here for a couple years … I've lived in metro Denver for about 45 years, other than one year in California.

I'm 71, and I've been a massage therapist for a little over 30 years. I owned a massage school for about 10 years. I sold the school a while ago. Most of my time is taken up by painting or photography, every day.

Seniors-group member

It's a nonprofit that comes out of California — it's called Conscious Elders Network, and we're in the process of starting a group here. We've started, but it's very small, and I would like there to be more people. It's primarily saying that as elders, we need to help what's going on with the planet right now. And we have a certain amount of wisdom, expertise and experience to be able to help. And so, within that group in California, they do things like environmental change and social justice.

What we are doing, mostly on first Sunday of each month at Southglenn Library, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., is our first project (on) microlending.

If I give someone here $100, that's a good dinner. But if we give it to someone in a third-world country, that may really make a difference for them.

We're not doing it to make money — we're doing it because we want to see what happens, and we want to make a difference for somebody.

Look at consciouselders.org for more information.

In the community

I go to something at the Buck Community Recreation Center in Littleton called the 5280 Encore Chorale … During the concerts, we all come together at St. Andrew United Methodist Church on University Boulevard a mile south of C-470, and we sing. It's a choral group for people 55 and older, and we have concerts a couple times a year.

It's non-audition, which is good, because I can't actually sing (laughs). But when you're in a group of 75 people … it's just a great feeling being in the midst of all these people singing. It's just really cool. A concert happens around late November or December and in the spring as well — a couple per year.

I like to take my dog and hang out at deKoevend Park — I love the water there. I've taken lots and lots of pictures there.

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