During the art program sessions you’ll find them at the end of the Villa St. Joseph du Lac great room; a small group of residents intently working – paintbrush in hand, leaning towards their canvas.
Some of their creations have been selected for the Senior Moments exhibit at Th’YARC lobby gallery for February.
Recreation director Lillian Cunningham says that as the art program begins, the room quiets and peace fills the space.
“Although some feel they are not good at this, they are eager to try as they are drawn in,” she said.
“The art that emerges from them is both story telling and soothing.”
She adds amongst other benefits the 60-90 year-olds experience, the exercise is good for self-expression.
Therapeutic recreation assistant Cheryl Muise says the program is beneficial to the residents because it gives them an opportunity to work their fine motor skills and concentrate, to focus on something recreational.
“You can see the improvement from the pictures on how well they’re doing. You can tell they enjoy it. There’s always a big crowd for it,” she said.
Nature photography by residents Sonny Nickerson and Phillip Devine will also be featured in the show.
The reception for the Villa gallery exhibit is Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 7-8 p.m. at Th’YARC.