Valmore Langevin, 93, is a local artist living at Carroll Lutheran Village in Westminster. Even as a child, he could always sketch and draw. The teachers always held up his art and showed it to the class.
“I always thought everyone could draw and then I found out that was not the case,” he said.
He never did anything with his artistic skills until he retired from Yale University as the assistant comptroller for estates, trusts and taxes in 1989. At that time, his youngest son told him that he should get back into art. Langevin decided to take art lessons at the senior center in Guilford, Connecticut where he was living. He learned some basics in art and met some interesting people.
He and his wife moved to Florida about four years later and he joined a newcomers group, where he was able to take painting lessons. There was an art educator in the group that met once a week. She gave them a lot of good tips on their artworks, Langevin said. He tried watercolor but he liked acrylics the best.
Langevin enrolled in Shirley Lippy’s art classes at CLV.
“She was a great teacher,” he said, noting that Lippy focused on perspective and colors, and gave him lots of advice as he did his paintings. “I really enjoyed working with her.”
Langevin likes to paint water scenes and landscapes. He paints from photographs he has taken throughout his lifetime or that inspire him.
Every year, Carroll Lutheran Village publishes a magazine called “Creative Expressions” which features resident artists and writers. A volunteer committee of local Carroll County artists select the images that will appear on the front and back and interior covers. In 2012, Langevin painted an image of “Bass Harbor Lighthouse” in Arcadia, Maine, that had the honor of being selected for the back cover of the magazine.
Langevin is a member of the Carroll County Artists Guild. The Artists Guild usually has a theme for their spring exhibitions at the Carroll County Arts Council. In 2017, Langevin did a painting from a photograph he had taken many years ago on a family camping vacation in New England.
He did a painting of it which shows the camper his family once owned. It had a striking brown-and-white striped sunroom that zipped onto the pop-up trailer. His old station wagon is also in the painting. Langevin’s campsite was chosen to be on the back cover again that year.
In 2018, Langevin submitted another painting again to “Creative Expressions.” His image “Mountain Retreats” was selected for the back cover. It is a picture of a resort on a lake in the mountains of Europe. He was inspired by another image he had seen.
Recently, he began painting a restaurant called Sharkey’s in Venice Beach, Florida where he and his wife had lived. It was one of their favorite places to eat. He turned 93 years old this year and is still painting.
Langevin’s favorite artists are Monet and Wyeth.
“Art is a great escape. While I am doing art, I forget everything else and I am immersed in it,” he said. “It is very tiring but enjoyable.”