The Artist of the Month program in the West End for February's artists are displaying the theme with flowers for friendship and love.

Artist for the month of February at the Jonas Hotel is Margie Long. She will be exhibiting flowers and paintings of the Jim Thorpe area.

In her hometown of Newark, Delaware, she use to paint store windows for the holidays but has been seriously painting since 1982. She has had several shows of her work in Delaware.

Margie has taken lessons in all mediums but always comes back to her favorite-oils. She enjoys doing florals, animals and local scenes but her favorite is landscapes.

After moving to Lehighton, Margie became a member of the Carbon County Art League and has her work on display at various locations throughout the area, including Stonehedge in Tamaqua and Homestead Veterinary Center in Jonas.

"When I paint, it takes me from this world into my own. I'm happiest with a paint brush in my hands. It's very relaxing," she says.

She lives in Lehighton with her husband, Robert. She has three children and four grandchildren.

Margie's granddaughter, Valerie Bates, 23, is sharing the display at the Jonas Hotel with her Aunt Margie, with her pottery. She is majoring in pottery at Cecil College in Maryland. She is displaying samples of her earthenware from an electric kiln, raku-a Japanese style done in a propane kiln.

"I love working with the clay. I don't think about anything when I'm doing it. I feel comfortable," says Valerie.

When visiting any of these West End businesses, be sure to appreciate the artwork of these local artists on display: Mary Jane Arner at East Stroudsburg Savings Association, Rt. 209 Brodheadsville, flowers; Beverly Lambert at East Stroudsburg Savings Association Rt. 209, Weis Market Branch, Gilbert, flowers; Darlene Hyde at Life Is Good Chiropractic, Rt. 209, Brodheadsville, flowers; Helen Dunbar and Stephaney at Homestead Veterinary Center Jonas Rd., Jonas, slate, animals and scenes.