91-year-old swaps brick and mortar for canvas and acrylics Tony Marzo is a bricklayer by trade, but an artist at heart. The near 92-year-old’s work can be seen adorning the walls and offices of Shepherd of the Valley – Niles, where he resides in the Assisted Living. His daughter, Nancy Constantini, brings in the art supplies and before long a new masterpiece is born. “I like to use acrylics,” Tony said when asked about his medium of choice. “Oil paints take too long to dry.” When asked what he would like to do if he had the opportunity, he said “I love art but never had any formal training. I’d like to take an art class.” With that request, the Dream Team from Shepherd of the Valley sprung into action and contacted Melissa Mills, Art Education Teacher in the McDonald School District and Studio Director/Instructor at the Art Studio at Escape (4326 New Rd, Austintown, OH 44515). When she heard that Tony’s dream was to expand his artistic repertoire, she was eager to help. Melissa has graciously opened up her studio on Monday, October 7 at 5:45 for a one-on-one lesson with Tony, fulfilling his dream of taking an art class. By the end of the session, Tony had yet another work of art to proudly showcase to his friends and family.