If you ask Jane Siebenthall how old she is, she’ll initially reply, “Older than dirt.”

If you ask a second time she’ll cop to being 93 — significantly younger than dirt, but older than most, if not all, of her peers showing new work Sept. 10 at Fall Gallery Night

McAnthony’s Multicultural Studio and Gallery will a host a show with about 30 of her recent pieces from the 1980s to today in a show titled, “Through the Eyes of Jane Siebenthall.” 

The painter, who loves landscapes and makes it a point to pick up a brush nearly every day, so long as she’s feeling well, said a few of the pieces in the show were completed within the past three months.

But Siebenthall doesn’t describe her decades long art as a hobby or a career. 

“I do it because I love it,” she explained.

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Time: 2 – 9 p.m.

Date: Sept. 10

Location:  3270 Canberra Court
Fort Worth, TX 76105

Her love of painting developed shortly after the love of her life, her late husband, Alan, purchased her a set of acrylic paints just before the first of their two children was born. It was the early ’60s and Siebenthall had recently seen a demonstration on acrylics and came home excited.

“The next thing I know, Alan bought me a set,” she said. “But the only time I had ever painted (before that) was with Crayolas in elementary school.”

They were living in Denton when she signed up for an art class to help build her skills and to try her hand at oil paint.

“I didn’t have much help,” she recalled. “The teacher paid attention to the men, and I was kind of left out.”

She had better luck when she signed up for a class after her family moved to Hurst. There, she learned about drawing, mixing colors and paint application.

Eddie McAnthony is a longtime friend of Siebenthall and owner of the eponymous gallery where her work will be displayed. In addition to being an artist himself, he also holds a doctorate degree in arts education from Pacific Western University.

When McAnthony was converting a residential home off of East Berry Street into the gallery that is still used today, both Sibenthalls helped out with encouragement and getting the space straightened out and ready for shows. They filled nail holes and painted walls. They just did whatever needed to be done.

“We were younger and had a little bit more energy then,” McAnthony said. 

He was unwilling to give his exact age, but did share that he’s in his late 80s and joked, “Catching up to Jane.”

The group traveled to art fairs together, showing works in the same tent. For two semesters, Siebenthall took classes from McAnthony. While they never collaborated on a painting together, McAnthony said that they might give each other advice on pieces from time to time.

In their early days selling art, it wasn’t uncommon for people to ask the price of a painting and attempt to haggle it down. That experience frustrated both artists, McAnthony said. 

“When you do art and you put your heart and soul into it, not because you’re trying to sell it, but because it’s something that you want people to remember about you. Do you see?” he said. “You can’t just just give it away for nothing.”

Siebenthall remembers one fair where a man expressed interest in one of her large paintings and came back to the tent two or three times to ask for a lower price.

I got aggravated with him. And I said, ‘Would you work for 50 cents an hour?’” she recalled.

The pair laugh about those experiences today. For them, the number of sales is less important than knowing the painting will be somewhere it will be appreciated. 

As they prepare for the upcoming show, Siebenthall’s daughter Becky and McAnthony’s daughter Beth are with them at the gallery. The group recalls Siebenthall’s last show in the space and jokes about hosting another one in 30 years.

Siebenthall laughs. She said she doesn’t have any other upcoming shows planned, but she says she’ll continue to paint.

“For as long as I can I’ll paint,” she said. “I love it and I will continue to do it.” 

Marcheta Fornoff covers the arts for the Fort Worth Report. Contact her at marcheta.fornoff@fortworthreport.org or on Twitter. At the Fort Worth Report, news decisions are made independently of our board members and financial supporters. Read more about our editorial independence policy here.

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For just over seven years Marcheta Fornoff performed the high wire act of producing a live morning news program on Minnesota Public Radio. She led a small, but nimble team to cover everything from politics...