Lorise W. Maynard is a photography student at the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) and an art student with Southwestern College in Chula Vista. She started her art career 37 years ago and painted over 50 oils in which she sold, gave to family members, and displayed at professional events. She has been deeply involved in the community, belonging to such organizations San Diego Association Black Journalists, Black MBA Association and National Society of Black Engineers San Diego Professional Chapter, Public Agency Consortium and the California Black Chamber of Chamber.
She feels her greatest legacy is one of community service: “Giving something back is a natural part of remembering where you came from and helping others in the way in which we were helped. If I can improve one person’s life and continue to improve conditions ….then everyone benefits.”
Lorise is continuing to encourage the adults to take charge of their lives by investing in their health and taking such classes as Photography and Art Expression. While employed on the East Coast as a promotion director for an upstate New York shopping center, she witnessed first-hand displays of California Performing Artists at the mall and realized how important art was to that community.
Lorise is the current instructor for Art Expression Therapy classes held at the Rock Church in the City Heights community of San Diego which started in March 2016. She also instructed art workshops for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Foundation. In July 2017, Lorise was appointed to the Chula Vista California Cultural Arts Commission.
As a humanitarian, Lorise feels that Senior’s health is one of her top priorities. Performing Art exercises stimulates the brain and assist with the prevention of Alzheimer. Art breathes life into the artists by show them the beauty of our world as they paint and learn more about our surrounding on earth.