Opening Reception Saturday October 8, 2016
Open during Second Saturday ArtWalk
On exhibit through November 1, 2016
Red Circle Sponsors: Dennis and Angie Lehane
“One in six seniors living alone in the United States faces physical, cultural, and/or geographical barriers that isolate them from their peers and communities,” reports the National Council on Aging.
The Studio@620 welcomes a group of senior artists from Westminster Palms who will exhibit their works in the Ellis Gallery October 8-November 1, 2016. This exhibit is generated from the Re-emerge project as a way to engage seniors and introduce them to the art community and provide opportunities to foster new relationships and build social interaction using art as an impetus.
"I currently work at a retirement community where I meet individuals from a variety of backgrounds. Many of these seniors become active and make friends very quickly while others become isolated. They are leaving behind their homes filled with memories, their friends, physicians, church and sometimes their family. This change can be a difficult one but there are ways to help improve their quality of life. I have witnessed first hand how a basic art class, taught by local artist Gene Rizzo, has brought seniors together and helped to boost their confidence. They feel a sense of pride when their finished art is put on display for other residents, staff, family, friends, and guests all to enjoy. My goal is to help these artists re-emerge, to come into sight once more and be connected to the community around them."--Tonya Zalick,Re-emerge Project Director, Administrative Assistant at Westminster Palms and Current Student at Eckerd College