At 91, York County artist found a reason to enter York Art Association competition

Leonard Giknis doesn’t think of himself as an artist. The 91-year-old would rather be fishing or topping fresh-baked cakes with peanut butter fudge frosting or caring for the six cats he inherited from his wife.

If a visitor asks about one of the paintings hanging on his walls, he’ll keep walking. He might offer a few sentences to explain the piece, but for him, fine art is something to do when time allows. Read the rest of the story.

Photo: This painting shows a tollhouse and covered bridge that once spanned the Susquehanna River in Northern Maryland. Giknis of Dallastown decided to recreate the structures after fishing trips to Susquehanna State Park. The project helped him cope with the death of his wife, Jean. Giknis entered the painting into York Art Association’s annual juried exhibit in the fall. It won best of show.

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