87-year-old Carmel woman inspires others through her paintings

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    “The Three Girls,” depicting three young girls laying in the sand on the beach, is one of the oldest paintings that Alig has displayed in her apartment. It was painted from a photograph taken of her daughter and two nieces during a family vacation to Florida.
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    Alig learned this “sand painting” technique from a weekend workshop by Maxine Masterfield at the Art League in Broad Ripple (Now called the Indianapolis Art Center). “Hidden Treasures” was a two-process sand painting. “I didn’t like how it first turned out. I did it all over again and loved it,” Alig said.
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    Alig’s apartment at The Barrington of Carmel is filled with artwork detailing her family members and scenes from her life.
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    Over Alig’s bed hangs a landscape painting, a portrait of two granddaughters, and one of her sand paintings.
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    Alig stands among her artwork in her living room.
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    Alig has many paintings showing scenes from vacationing in Florida. Some were sketched or painted in the moment, and others from images taken during the vacations.
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    Alig's family summer home in Harbor Springs, Michigan is the setting for many of her paintings, including this acrylic landscape.
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    Holding her painting “Yummies,” Alig recalls this moment of four of her grandkids eating at their favorite local ice cream shop in Harbor Springs, Michigan where her family owns a summer home. This particular piece was painted from a photograph.
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    Every painting in Alig’s home is delicately framed and displayed with enough space in between works to give your eyes a small break before you move on to the next. Her chosen mediums include acrylic, pastel, watercolor, etching and mixed media.
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    Striking in their comparison are two portraits of Alig’s late husband. The younger Vincent was painted in the 1970s, based on a photo that was taken from before they were married. “He always wanted me to give him more of a tan, but I was afraid to touch it,” Alig said. “It’s a very good likeness.” The older Vincent was painted in the mid-1980s from him posing in person.

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