Barnard demonstrates painting at Golden K

Duane Barnard created a painting during the weekly Golden K Club meeting on Monday. Barnard is a certified Bob Ross instructor.

KINGSFORD — A beautiful morning and an outstanding program about oil painting made for a great start for the week Monday on Presidents’ Day for the Dickinson Area Golden K Club.

John Aune, February chairman of the month, led the group. With Alyce Derwinski at the keyboard and Lois Outcelt directing the singing of oldies and coffee pots already on the tables, it was a very enjoyable morning. Coffee and fresh donuts are a must-have for Golden K members.

The club paused for a moment in memory of Golden K member Aileen Machus. She also was a member of the Golden Throats who sing each week at an area nursing home. The traditional “Auld Lang Syne” was sung in her memory.

Happy Dollars were read by Don Pedo and the winner of the Pot of Gold was Paul Ward.

Outcelt introduced the day’s program presenter, Duane Barnard. Those present were in for a very special treat as they watched Barnard create a beautiful oil painting.

Duane Barnard demonstrates how to start a painting using the Bob Ross method.

Barnard is a certified Bob Ross instructor and artist. He is a recent member of Golden K who grew up in Aurora,Wis,. and is a graduate of Kingsford High School Class of 1954 and Michigan State University in 1963 with a degree in science wildlife management. He and his late wife, Patricia, have four sons.

He was a national park ranger for eight years in Hot Springs, Ark., worked for the U.S. Postal Service from 1972 to 1998 as a clerk and rural letter carrier. His first job was with the Niagara Phone Co.

Now retired, Barnard does custom-made fishing rods of all brands and oil painting, teaching from his home on West B Street in Iron Mountain.

He believes in lifetime learning and is currently learning to play the banjo.

Golden K members watched in awe as Barnard started and completed a beautiful landscape oil painting. It was very much like some of us have seen while watching the famous Bob Ross on PBS on Saturday mornings.

His oil painting definitely was a masterpiece to behold as it came to life.

Barnard then donated his painting to the Golden K Club.

He took instructions from Ross while living in Florida. Barnard specializes in landscapes and flowers. He can be reached at

The Golden K thanks Barnard for this beautiful gift to the club as well as for a terrific and inspiring program.

The next meeting is set from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at First Presbyterian Church in Kingsford. Singing of golden oldies precedes the meeting at an earlier time.

The Golden Throats will sing at Evergreen Assisted Living at 2 p.m. Wednesday.