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Posted: Sunday, Aug. 30, 2009

Physician had no time for painting before he retired

Lisa Daidone
Published in: Regional News

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Join the Cornelius PARC Department and The Community Arts Project for an exhibit by Cornelius artist Dr. Emanuel “Manny” Rashet.

The art will be on display both at the Cornelius Arts Center Gallery and at Cornelius Town Hall from Sept. 7 through Oct. 30.

Rashet was born in Hamadan, Iran. Growing up, he enjoyed drawing and sketching with pencil and India ink but never had paints and brushes. After high school, he came to the U.S. but “never had any time for art,” he said.

Rashet received his medical degree at the University of Illinois. For 34 years he was a pediatrician in Belleville, Ill. .

When he was a practicing pediatrician, Rashet said, he had no time for art, even though he “always liked the idea of painting.”

In 1993, an associate joined Rashet's practice. “I worked two weeks, and then she worked two weeks,” he said. “The two weeks I was off, I was able to take it up (painting).… A lady taught oil painting to about 12 students, all adults. We painted once a week for three hours, Tuesday nights, did this for six years.”

He and his wife had planned to move to South Carolina when he retired. But his daughter was pregnant with twins, and she and her husband moved to Charlotte.

Rashet's wife, Nancy, drove “up and down highway 77” from Illinois to North Carolina and back, taking care of their daughter. Nancy said how much she liked the Charlotte area. So, Rashet said, “The next time she came back, I came along with her. We both decided this was an ideal place to move.” They moved to Cornelius in 2000.

Rashet usually donates two paintings to the Peninsula Club's fundraiser. Two of his paintings are on display in the clubhouse for the next one in September. Last year, his two paintings raised $8,600. Rashet has exhibited at Art on the Square in Belleville, Ill., and the Cotton Ketchie Art Show in Mooresville, and he won best-of-show at Boundless Art at The Art Institute of Charlotte.

Rashet paints in his home studio, and he also teaches three classes a week there. Each is three hours long, and he takes five students in each. If you're interested, call him at 704-894-9922.

Rashet said he likes to paint a wide variety of subjects – still lifes, landscapes, portraits – but likes portraits best. He paints from photographs he takes. After a recent trip to Italy and the Greek islands, he returned with about 1,800 photos: lots of material for future paintings.

The public is invited to a reception for Rashet at 7 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Arts Center.

Details: or 704-896-8823.

Boating class

The Lake Norman Sail & Power Squadron will offer the last Boater Safety Course for 2009 on Sept. 12 at the Duke Energy Emporium.

A new law that goes into effect soon says anyone age 25 or younger who is piloting any vessel with a motor of 10 horsepower or more must carry proof they have successfully completed an approved boater safety course. This course meets that requirement.

For information call Bob Yannacci at 704-660-5568 or go to

Lisa Daidone lives in Cornelius. Email her at

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