Activity Connection’s Art in Action Gallery

An online art gallery to honor the artwork from artists in your community

For many people, the process of creating art is an enjoyable and relaxing way to truly live in the moment. The purpose of Activity Connection's Art in Action gallery is to offer an opportunity for people at senior care communities and adult day centers to display their artwork to family, friends, and the general public.

Do you have a special artist in your community? Let us exhibit their work in our virtual gallery!

How to Submit Artwork*

  • Send a picture or scan of the person's painting, drawing, or other project to us at hello@activityconnection.com.
  • We encourage you to include a photograph of the artist and a few sentences about him or her.

*Please make sure to obtain permission to use artists' photos and art projects before submitting to Activity Connection.

 

Woodside Senior Living , Bedford, OH
Art submitted by Vicki Crayne, Activity Director

Pauline Carr creates art from the heart. She is very creative and loves to draw, whether it be an original or a reproduction. Give her a simple craft and she brings life to it! The poster with giraffes is the winning poster from Black History Month. Pauline combines her talent with a concern for others, and the product is beautiful art that has a heartfelt message for anyone that sees it. In this difficult time, it is a joy to be able to share such hopeful and inspiring work.

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Byron Center Manor, Byron Center, MI
Art submitted by Anja Smith

Anja Smith of the Byron Center Manor wrote in to share a beautiful project that her artists in Memory Care have worked together to create. This large-scale piece hangs proudly on their wall and acts as a conversation starter about the art and the artists themselves. The placard that hangs beside the colorful piece is a great conversation starter itself. We encourage you to read it, look at this art, and see what resonates with you.

"This art piece has been a large group project presented by the residents at Byron Center Manor. Just as our minds are complex and one may have a lack in one area, but an abundance in another area, so does this art piece represent the differences in each being, but putting them together makes an art piece that is one-of-a-kind, and if one piece would be missing, it would be incomplete. It shows unity in the shapes, colors, and even imperfections. Embrace your talents, your deficits, your knowledge, and experiences, and live in the now, the moment you are in and let your life shine."

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EOC Tech Adult Day Services Choctaw, Oklahoma
Art submitted by Mary Thoma, Activities Coordinator

Mary writes, "We made greeting cards for family caregivers with the paper art project "Looking Forward to 2020." I asked the participants to personalize their cards with their own eye color drawn inside the eyeglasses. Some really went all out making full self-portraits. Thought you might enjoy the results."

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Bayberry Place, Lower Burrell, PA
Art submitted by Amelia Soisson, LEC

We know Halloween is over, but couldn't resist sharing these wonderful pictures!

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Wingate at Norton, Norton, MA
Art submitted by Samantha Bennett, ADC, CDP

Samantha shared a collaborative piece from a recent art show in which many of the residents contributed to the project. It is mosaic sunflowers inspired by Vincent Van Gogh. It seems as if the art of Van Gogh is alive and well in Norton, Massachusetts. Thank you Samantha for brightening our day with this sunny collage.

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Windsor Care Center, Mount Sterling, KY
Art Submitted by Inez Napier, CAD

This beautiful painting, the overall winner at a recent art show held at Windsor Care Center, was painted by resident artist Nancy Garrett. A big thank you to Inez for sharing it with us. Inez writes "We recently held an art show and found many of our residents were budding artists, however we uncovered a hidden diamond when Nancy submitted her works of art. She learned to paint late in life…in her 50's – her attention and creativity was captured during a seminar by a professional artist visiting the senior citizens center she was attending. She is truly an inspiration." We couldn't agree more!

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Harmony Homes by the Bay Durham, NH
Assisted Living and Memory Care Facility
Art submitted by Jenny Jones, Activity Director

Jenny writes that every month there is a painting class and in April the subject matter was birds. The attached pictures demonstrate the lovely work of the many talented artists. We are thrilled to be able to share these happy and colorful birds to help us celebrate spring.

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The Oasis Assisted Living at Fellowship Square Tucson, AZ
Art submitted by MaryAnn Conway, Life Enrichment Coordinator

MaryAnn writes, "Our "Blooming Fingerprints" for 'Flowers in Art' Day yesterday by the residents." What lovely, colorful blossoms to help us welcome in spring. Thank you for sharing.

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Hellenic Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Canton, MA
Art submitted by Aviva Schmuckler, ADC/MC, CDP

Aviva writes, "Lionel Reinford is a resident of Hellenic Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Canton, Ma.
Lionel has been painting for 40 years and described his paintings as "bright colors, sinuous lines, and clear crisp compositions."
Lionel was born in Honduras and became an educator specializing in Spanish teaching at Fitchburg High School and public schools in Worcester County."

We would agree that Lionel is a gifted artist! Thank you Aviva for sharing his beautiful paintings with us.

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Park Place Assisted Living Seattle, Washington
Art submitted by Amanda Goodson, Activities Director

Amanda writes: "I just wanted to share a resident here at Park Place that I am so proud of. Her name is Celia and she cares about everyone and everything around here….including our environment. Upon hearing about all of the plastic bottles that end up in the Puget Sound and harm the marine life she decided to do something about it. Celia reached out to our community art program and they decided to turn the water bottles into beautiful works of art that could be displayed and enjoyed instead of causing harm. So far Park Place has upcycled over 500 water bottles due to Celia’s big heart and great efforts."

We are amazed at Celia’s gorgeous works of art. They are definitely proof of the saying, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Celia’s creations are truly treasures. Amanda, thank you for sharing them with us.

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The Ursuline Center Toledo, Ohio
Art submitted by Amanda Vaughan

Amanda writes, "We'd like to share how we incorporated an idea from Activity Connection: Building from the "Spring Birds" craft (March 2019) we had our residents help with decorating for our Volunteer Appreciation party. We built bird nests from paper bags, balloons and modge-podge. Our residents stuck with the crafts and really loved how well everything turned out." And we do too, thank you for sharing!

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EOC Tech Adult Day Services Choctaw, Oklahoma
Art submitted by Mary Thoma, Activities Coordinator

Mary writes, EOC Tech Adult Day Services, Choctaw, Oklahoma, provides care and recreational activities for community residing adults with disabilities so their caregivers can work and/or have respite from full time caregiving.

Participants made this project from the pattern published in Activity Connection “Spring Birds”.We love seeing our crafts so beautifully used. Thanks to Mary and her talented group.

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Mt. Greylock Extended Care Pittsfield, MA
Art submitted by Hope Fontaine, Activities Director

Thank you Hope for submitting these amazing paintings by artist Josephine Rotti, They are so beautifully done and such fun to see.

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EOC Tech Adult Day Services Choctaw, Oklahoma
Art submitted by Mary Thoma, Activities Coordinator

We thank the EOC Tech Adult Day Services participants for sharing their mixed media art project with us. The snowmen were created using acrylic paint on a canvas board with a ribbon for the hat band and a snowflake for decoration. A special thanks to Mary Thoma for sending these adorable snowmen our way.

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Assisted Living Grenada Mississippi
Art submitted by Tammy Johnson

Maxine Ezell, 84 years young, is a new resident at Providence Assisted Living. Painting has been her hobby for some 40 years, but she found herself slowing down after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. With staff’s encouragement, this is her third painting in two months and, as you can see, she is quite good at it. In Tammy’s words, “We are so proud of her.” And we are so proud to be able to shine the spotlight on this very talented artist.

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EOC Tech Adult Day Services Choctaw, Oklahoma
Art submitted by Mary Thoma, Activities Coordinator

The EOC Adult Day Services serves community residing adults with disabilities: cognitive, intellectual, memory and physical. It is located on the campus of a career technology center and is operated by Eastern Oklahoma County Career Technology Center. To Mary’s knowledge, it is a facility that is one of a kind in the United States. How wonderful to hear about such a special place and to see so many happy faces sharing such beautiful pictures.

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Crawford Continuing Care Center Grayling, Michigan
Art submitted by Cheryl Wolkens, ADC Coordinator of Community Life

Cheryl writes, “Once a month we have a painting class that is led by a local artist. This class has become very popular and at times the attendance is bigger than BINGO.” Imagine that!

Here are some of the beautiful paintings from their September class:

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Lodge Lane Assisted Living Wilmington, Delaware
Art submitted by Danielle Shaw Activity Director

In the words of Danielle, "At Lodge Lane we strive to give residents the quality of life they desire, by doing the activities meaningful to each individual. This artist, Mirium, has a passion for art and loves to paint. Earlier in life she had the pleasure of studying modern art in college. Although she often has a busy schedule she still makes time to appreciate works of art, as well as create them.” Thank you Danielle for sharing Mirium's amazing creation.

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In the words of Danielle, "At Lodge Lane we strive to give residents the quality of life they desire, by doing the activities meaningful to each individual. This artist, Mirium, has a passion for art and loves to paint. Earlier in life she had the pleasure of studying modern art in college. Although she often has a busy schedule she still makes time to appreciate works of art, as well as create them.” Thank you Danielle for sharing Mirium's amazing creation.

Brookdale South Charlotte, Charlotte, NC
Art submitted by Shannon Smith, Clare Bridge Program Coordinator

Shannon writes, "Our residents are in memory care and we had a Andy Warhol inspired art Gallery. All of our residents are creative in their own right and did such a great job posing for pictures.” Shannon, thank you for sharing this fun project with us.

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Traditions Healthcare of Washington, Washington, PA
Art submitted by Marie Elaina Guarascio AD CDP

Traditions Healthcare is a 120-bed long-term care and rehab facility. One of their recent art projects is this beautiful “quilt” made out of pieces of fabric painted by the residents, many of whom have dementia. Black ribbon was glued on to make the blocks, and buttons were attached for decoration.The quilt hangs proudly in the main dining room for all to see. Many thanks to Marie Elaina for sharing this fun project with us.

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Assiniboia Union Hospital Integrated Facility, Assiniboia, Saskatchewan, Canada
Art submitted by by Tara Pedersen, Recreation Coordinator

This is a 22 bed LTC facility is located in Southcentral Saskatchewan, which accommodates Level 3-4 needs. While dementia plays a big part in the resident population, they are still able to create beautiful art projects to display on the walls. An example of their lovely work is this painting done on a large canvas. A big thanks to Tara for sharing this project and kudos to the artists who created the artwork. It goes to prove that creativity endures despite declines in cognition.

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Piner’s Nursing Home and Piner’s Guest Home, Napa, CA
Art submitted by Jennifer Shugar, Activities and Social Services Director

“Piner's is a small, family owned, Eden Alternative Home and so we strive to make Piner's their home. I was so excited to have them help with this board. I enlisted the help of some of the residents who don't often come to group activities and told them we were working on a "special" project! The flowers were done by Colleen, Rosie, Rita, Tillie, & Norma, and Billie-Marie. The spring collages were done by Tillie, Billie-Marie, and Jean. And the butterfly was courtesy of Norma. I can't wait to show them that they made it onto the website!”

And, we can’t wait to share this lovely bulletin board with our Activity Connection subscribers! Thank you to Jennifer and all the “budding artists” who helped with this project.

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SSM Health – Adult Day Health Center, Madison, WI
Art submitted by Sarah Wirth, Activity Team Member and Volunteer Coordinator

The clients of SSM Health Adult Day Health Center in Madison, WI created some Circle Art pieces that they would like to share with the Activity Connection community. This was an adaptation of your “Flowers all A ROUND” project (March 2018.)

Thank you, Sarah and the amazing artists who created such lovely circle art pieces. We love to see how people use our projects!

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Mt. Greylock Extended Care, Pittsfield MA
Art submitted by Hope Fontaine, ADC

Every month at Mt. Greylock Extended Care Facility hosts a paint and sip for our residents. Hope Fontaine, ADC selects a themed canvas to paint. Our residents pour into the activity room awaiting the activity to start. We offer a small sip of wine at the start of the activity but most refuse as they like to concentrate on the painting. All residents are encouraged to attend. The painting can be modified so that all of our residents succeed. The canvases are proudly displayed throughout the halls of the facility. The residents at Mt. Greylock ECF find this activity fun, relaxing and rewarding.

Created at the monthly paint & sip.

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Meadows Assisted Living and Memory Care in Spring Green, WI
Art project submitted by Brenda Gasch Mittelstadt, Activity Director

A special thanks to Brenda for sharing the fun residents had exploring Keith Haring-inspired art in January. In Brenda's words, "Activity Connection offered us detailed instructions on how to create pipe-cleaner figures and transfer those to paper silhouettes full of action that resulted in this colorful collection. Our residents were challenged when doing the art and very satisfied with the entertaining results. We read about Keith and looked at a variety of his artwork before our project, and afterwards had some good conversation when a piece of his work came up on Antiques Roadshow and was valued at over 30K! Jim Huston, pictured holding his art, was able to achieve a good level of success with just one usable hand and a little help with the scissors. Thanks Activity Connection for your diverse ideas."

We are inspired by Jim Huston and activity professionals like Brenda (and you) who make our projects come alive.

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Autumn Leaves of Stone Oak, San Antonio, Texas
Art project submitted by Alma Munoz, Life Engagement Manager

These beautiful creations of quilt art on canvas and abstract art were made by residents of Autumn Leaves of Stone Oak. Every year they hold an art show to raise money to help out the charities in their community. What a wonderful way for beautiful art to make beautiful things happen!

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Strong House Adult Day Center, Madison, Connecticut
Art project submitted by Diane Gauthier

We are always happy to spotlight one of our completed art projects. This was from December and Diane reports the clients "absolutely loved working on their art project and we look forward to seeing more of them!" And we look forward to seeing other examples of the art projects we provide on Activity Connection being utilized so well.

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Brookdale Assisted Living, Freedom Pointe, The Villages, Florida
Art Project submitted by Kristin Smith, Resident Program Coordinator

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Oasis Assisted Living at Fellowship Square in Tucson, Arizona
Art project submitted by Mary Ann Conway, Life Enrichment Coordinator

We are always thrilled when we hear from our subscribers about how our activity programs are being used. Mary Ann wrote to us about our P. Buckley Moss Schoolhouse painting activity featured on our August 2017 art page. She wrote, "I read the Activity Connection bio and we discussed her, her style, and the residents shared styles of painting, etc. It was a very special afternoon and lasted much longer than the typical afternoon program, but no one seemed to mind. Out of this program came an idea we will do in October titled 'Oasis Artists Home Tour' in which we will gather together and go to each of the resident artist's apartments to view their 'masterpieces' that decorate their living space." Sounds like a fun time. Here are some pictures from the schoolhouse painting project.

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Adult Day Service – Gilmore Lodge, Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada
Art project submitted by Debbie Wright, Recreationist

Debbie writes, "We sometimes make collaborative art at our Day Program and this piece was created by our seniors from community living. I have a client with cerebral palsy who loves to paint and she did the background while the others traced or cut out the fish and then glued them on. We framed it and have it hanging in our Day Program room. We also created fall leaves by dripping food colouring on coffee filters and cutting out leaf shapes. We glued them to white cardboard and framed it too. They are so proud of their work."

Debbie, thank you so much for sharing this special project.

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Newmarket Health Centre, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada
Art project submitted by Sandra Jayne Christie, Activationist

Sandra submitted these pictures painted by the residents at the Newmarket Health Centre. One is titled "Snap, Crackle, Pop" and the other "A Happy Place." We agree, they are indeed joyful, and we thank Sandra for sharing them with us.

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EOC Tech Adult Day Services, Choctaw, Oklahoma
Art project submitted by Mary Thoma, Activities and Social Services Designee

Mary shared pictures created by participants for a Sunflower Art project. Their work was entered in the Oklahoma State Fair and featured in a display case there. Each of the entries received a ribbon, and it is easy to see why—they are wonderful!

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SENIOR SERVICES, INC. in Woonsocket, Rhode Island
Art submitted by Holly Desrosiers, Director of Senior and Community Programs

Holly writes, "Greetings from Rhode Island. Here at our senior center we started an Artsy Friday! I thought you might like to see how my artists are coming along. This is only the third class, but the results capture the fun they are having. They are surprising themselves with their previously hidden talent. They all start by saying they have no artistic ability, but God gives everyone talent—you just have to decide to use it. Next week we are going to paint on giant quahog shells."

We can't wait to see the quahog shells, though we must confess we didn't know what they were at first. Turns out the quahog is a hard-shell clam, found primarily along the Atlantic Coast from Canada to Texas. Beads fashioned from them were used as currency in 17th-century New England. Today, quahog make for delicious chowder, and the shells are used to make fun jewelry and art projects.

Holly stresses that people don't realize what artistic talent they have until they start using it. She began this activity by downloading and printing out several pictures. She then asked participants to choose the one that most interested them. Generally, Holly provides light colors and pastels for people to use, as they seem to work better than the darker colors. In addition to canvases and shells, Holly's artists also enjoy painting rocks. As Holly points out, "Nature provides materials free for the taking."

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Newmarket Health Centre and Maple Health Centre in York Region
Art submitted by Sandra Jayne Christie, Activationist, Long Term Care and Seniors, Community and Health Services

The residents, staff and families of the Newmarket Health Centre and Maple Health Centre in York Region made their mark in celebrating Canada's 150th Birthday by making this hand print flag.

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River Terrace Retirement Community in Bluffton, Indiana
Art submitted by April Moellering, Activity Director

Art by Dotty Fryback

April writes that Dotty is an avid painter in her community. She started painting about 15 years ago because she “just had the urge to create.” Though mostly self-taught, Dotty did take a class at the local creative art center, and before long, her talent became readily apparent. When asked how many paintings she has done over the years, she couldn’t answer the question exactly because “there are so many.” However, she estimates they total more than 100. When asked if she paints every day, Dotty replied, “Oh no, I’m way too busy for that. I have to play Bingo as well.”

Dotty has a personality that just shines. She is well-liked in the community and is known for always being ready with a joke and a laugh. Dotty has also been nominated for Wells County Citizen of the Year as well as Wells County Volunteer of the Year. In addition, her husband was the Mayor and she was the First Lady of Bluffton, Indiana, for many years and won many community service awards. River Terrace is very proud to have Dotty as a resident, and Activity Connection is proud to have her as our featured artist.

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The Chelsea at Brick in Brick, New Jersey
Art submitted by Judith Rivera, Lifestyle Director

Art by Sergio Caravelle

This month’s featured artist, Sergio Caravelle, was submitted by Judith Rivera, Lifestyle Director, from Chelsea Senior Living in New Jersey. Mr. Caravelle was born and raised in Hoboken, New Jersey. He served in the Navy and is a veteran of WWII. He also served on President Reagan’s Task Force. He worked for the Ford Motor Company for many years and has two children and two grandchildren.

His artistic talents may have been inherited from his father, who enjoyed drawing. Sergio remembers being about 10 years old and his father making him a workbench, sitting him down, handing him a pencil, and directing him to draw. And that he did—it was something that came naturally to him. He has displayed his work in many New Jersey art contests and is the winner of a number of awards. We have included a sampling of his paintings and are sure you’ll agree that his work is very special.

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Adult Day Services at Oakland Centre in Portage, MI
Art submitted by Ashley Kirksey AP-BC, CDP

"Karl’s primary leisure interest is water color painting. Activity Connection enables me to easily support this activity with their simple bold color pages, which are ready to print each month. One of our assistants came up with the idea to highlight his talent in an exhibition. Karl had an exhibition where he gave away his paintings to other guests and visitors. He has done this art show a couple times with hundreds of his paintings. You will recognize them from your archives, I’m sure!"

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Joseph Creek Care Village in Cranbrook, BC
Art submitted by Kristen Polegato

"At Joseph Creek Care Village (Residential care) we have a lovely resident named Leda who has painted for over 20 years. Within the last 15 she was diagnosed with MS and still manages to make beautiful paintings with her talented eye and acrylic paints. On a typical day you will find her fully engaged painting in our common area, her personal leisure pursuit for art is inspiring and gives Leda great joy. She has recently completed this gem called 'Sunset Haven.'"

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Whitby Adult Day Program in Whitby, Ontario
Art submitted by Stephanie

1. Here is a summer fan decorated in the Victorian style. This one is by Edith, has a lovely purple lace trim. We tried our fans out while learning about the Victorian language of flowers. These fans have been keeping us all a little cooler during the dogs days of summer!

2. Tess (right) and Esther (left) holding up her personalized pennant.

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JABA Nelson Community Senior Center in Lovingston, Virginia
Art submitted by Connie Brittle

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Whitby Adult Day Program
Art submitted by Stephanie Labine

"Members of the Whitby Adult Day Program created these fun “Grass Heads” They used Nylon stockings for this project. Each “Grass Head” has it’s own characteristics. The next photo capture just a portion of our shaving cream and acrylic paint art."

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Menno Haven in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

Today we got together to paint and we tried the Blooming Bubbles art project. As you can see we had a great time!

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The Villa at City Center in Warren, MI
Art submitted by Rachel Hojnacki

"Imre is a wonderful man from Hungary. Imre has always had an eye for art and started painting when he was just 12 years old. He attained a college degree in Architectural Engineering and worked as an architect for around 30 years. Besides painting and architecture, Imre also enjoyed hunting and opera singing in his past. Imre’s favorite things to paint are outdoor living."

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The Sisters of Mercy Care Center in Erie, PA
Art submitted by Sally Sykes

"Here are 2 marble paintings that were done by Sr. Timothy Kelly RSM. She is 97 years old and resides in Erie, PA at The Sisters of Mercy Care Center. She loves to paint and looks forward to working on her projects."

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Standish Village in Boston, MA
Art submitted by Shari Sweeney

"This painting is by one of our residents, Cliff Smith, residing in our memory neighborhood. The residents pressed carnations and leaves between paper, and we had them all framed. We have some true talent!"

"The "self portrait" by Julia Malone is a wonderful story. She's hard of sight and hearing, but when you give her a pen and piece of paper and she draws herself every time! She draws a picture of herself from when she was younger."

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EOC Tech Adult Day Services in Choctaw, OK
Art submitted by Mary Thoma

"I was impressed with how much the men enjoyed this. The C.N.A.’s found this “fun”. Our bubble soap and paint combo worked better with acrylic paint the color was more intense. Thanks for the great idea."

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Menno Haven in Chambersburg, PA

"We tried the Magical Mother Nature Prints and as you can see they turned out great! As a side note one of our participants is 104 and a half!"

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"We tried the Tape Resist Painting in our Memories in the Making session. Residents really enjoyed “making it their own”. It was a super simple project but very much enjoyed by all!"

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Elderwood in Waverly, NY
Art submitted by Rebecca Darling

"Here are some photos of our residents at Elderwood in Waverly, NY, who painted the Flowered Landscape Painting featured in May :)"

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Menno Haven in Chambersburg, PA

"Today we got together to paint the Flowered Landscape Painting from the May activityconnection.com art page…as you can see we had a lot of fun!"

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Clearwater Commons in Indianapolis, IN
Art submitted by Kathy Cancilla

"One of our residents, Sally Slaughter, gets Meijer plastic bags, cuts them up and makes balls of yarn, and then crochets them into bowls, placemats, coasters, rugs, and she even made a bedspread(she is sitting on it in one of the attachments)!! One of our local TV news stations came and did a story on her. Sally is 94 years young, gets around with a walker, comes to exercise 2 times a week, and dances when we have entertainment!! She is amazing!!!!!"

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The Monarch Center in Saco, ME
Art submitted by Pat Moshimer

"These are some of the acrylic painting using plastic gift cards that we did last week. They were skeptical at first but the results were amazing. One looks like a fish with its mouth open, one is a beautiful sunrise the other is spring green trees with a brook flowing below."

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The Cove at Waterview in Granbury, TX
Art submitted by Karyn Murillo

"Attached are photos of two residents Shirley and Joyce and their clothespin creations. Our clothespins were assembled as crosses and adorned with beautiful gems and buttons, some even added their initials! They have magnets on the back so they’re great for holding little reminders too. We had such a great time making these, just wanted to share!"

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Sea Mar Care Center in Seattle, WA
Art submitted by Dayanara Silva

"We have a lady who is an Artist and she still paints she is almost at 100 years old and she is so much fun to be around. She was teaching Art to the children from our Intergenerational program, the kids used to visit her once a week!

Her birthday is coming up in April, and her dream has been to be able to share her art with the world so I think this is a great opportunity for her to display her art."

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Trinity Village A.D.P. in Kitchener, ON
Art submitted by Lynda Falkiner

"These are pictures of silk paintings that were done by our clients. You may recognize some of them from your painting designs, but we used silk instead of paper and fabric paints."

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Complex Continuing Care at St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital in St. Thomas, ON
Art submitted by Christine Calhoun CTRS & Dawn Clinton R/TRO Recreation Therapy Department

"The inspiring patients of Complex Continuing Care’s hope fence takes up- cycling to another level! Each board of this deconstructed palette was individually hand painted and remade as a fence by the patients throughout their stay in the CCC program. We are so excited to showcase each person’s individual creativity and ability! This fence is a perfect demonstration how we at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital all work together toward a shared goal of patient wellness."

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Eaglecrest Retirement Community in Salina, KS
Art submitted by Regina Marcotte

"Sunflowers was our theme for August. Here are a few pictures of the “sponge painting” sunflowers. We also made sunflowers outlining their hands. I then taped them to the bottom of the walls in the halls which they were able to see as they entered their dining room. Made such a “happy” feeling hall."

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Riverview Care Center in Spokane Washington
Art submitted by Judy Chatfield

Here are some pictures from our Dot-Painted Pumpkin class from Riverview Care Center in Spokane Washington.

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Heritage Home For Women in Schenectady, New York
Art submitted by Jean Carmichael, Activity Assistant

Jane Gwiazdowski (Age 92), is a resident at the Heritage Home for Women. She was born in Poland and states she has never done any drawing before she came to live with us. Jane's beautiful flower drawings adorn our Home's bulletin boards and hallways. Thank you Jane for sharing your wonderful talent!!!!!

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Chateau Vestavia Retirement Community in Vestavia Hills, Alabama
Art submitted by Aneta Boyd, Life Enrichment Director

Artist Lynn Marley, from Chateau Vestavia Retirement Community

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Fall Creek Retirement Village in Pendleton, Indiana
Art submitted by Amber Austin, Life Enrichment Director

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EOC Tech Adult Day Program
Mary Thoma, Activities and Social Services Coordinator

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Asbury Methodist Village - Wilson Health Care Center in Gaithersburg, Maryland
Art submitted by Murvell Delpino DAP CDP MC

Today during our Tea, Poetry & Art activity, we honored the birthday of artist Jackson Pollock by doing a drip method painting project.

Small amounts of paint were poured on the tip edge of a plastic knife. While residents held their knives pointed end down, paint drizzled down while moving their knives back and forth over 11/17 black construction paper. When our project was completed, we read the biography and our residents' briefly discussed thoughts about Pollock, his work and what they created. We plan to frame and hang their creations in our mini gallery. Below are pictures of our residents in action and the final results.

We hope that you like our creations as much as we enjoyed making them!

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Trinity Village
Art submitted by Kathleen Del Chiaro, B.A. Recreationist Trinity Village Adult Day Program

Photos of our crayon art that we did on our 'singing in the rain' day and also our egg carton bouquets :)

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Aspen Wind Assisted Living and Memory Care in Cheyenne, Wyoming
Art submitted by Erica Kaliszewski, Life Enrichment Director

We are blessed to serve a varity of residents who enjoy a varity of activities including art! This week we unleashed a very unique and bold art and went Picasso Style! And by surprise it was a HUGE success!

Below is the artwork of several Residents and we hope they inspire you and others as it did for us here at Aspen Wind.

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Kittanning Care Center in Kittanning, Pennsylvania
Art submitted by Mary Turner, Activity Director

Once a month, an artist comes in and puts on an art class for the residents. The residents enjoy bringing their creativity to life!

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Sioux Care Center in Sioux Rapids, Iowa
Art submitted by Laurie Tewes, Activity Director

We have a resident named Ron Kracht. He paints a lot of pictures from your brush to canvas section. He has painted over 3000 pictures and has sent them overseas to orphanages in India and Haiti. He has also given several pictures to each resident and their families as well. We have also sent them to the kindergarten classes at our local school. Thank you so much for putting pictures on the website. I am enclosing a picture of him standing in front of pictures that he has painted and taped to the wall in his room. Thank you very much, Laurie

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Fall Creek Retirement Village
Art submitted by Amber Stevens, Life Enrichment Director

Here you see a few of the residents participating in "Amber's Fall Creek Painting Party" where the beauty and creativity flow.

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Bridle Brook in Mahomet, Illinois
Art submitted by Lisa Krall, Activity Director

Thanks to Lisa for submitting this stained glass painting activity. She reports that her artists love using this technique. First, a cotton ball is utilized to cover an entire black-and-white drawing with salad oil. After blotting up the excess oil with a paper towel, the picture is "painted"; with colored chalk. When the picture is hung in the light, it looks like stained glass.

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Lakeridge Nursing and Rehabilitation - Lubbock, TX
Art submitted by Tia Bowen, Activity Director

We have a very talented artist, who has been very excited to submit some of his art to be featured on the site.

A few words about Harris

Harris Spears specializes in oil paintings. He paints from memory, imagination, and daily inspirations. Harris chose these paintings out of many he has done over the past few months, because they are his personal favorites. His art brightens up our facility!

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Zerbe Sisters Nursing Center - Narvon, PA
Art submitted by Sandra Farmer, ADC

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The Heights on Huebner - San Antonio, TX
Art submitted by Diana Castellanos, Activity Director

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St. Agnes Adult Day Center - Valparaiso, IN
Art submitted by Terri Dickus

Terri began the art program two years ago. All participants are cognitively impaired. On art class day there are three groups according to impairment level. Minimal demonstration is presented. The class is process oriented. Participants are usually free to paint whatever they wish.

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St. Mary Magdalen Adult Center - Altamonte Springs, FL
Art submitted by Mary Ellen Myers, Activity Director

Thought you might be interested in some results of last month's scratch boarding art. These two works were done by our very own Grandma (Alma) and Grandpa (Titus) Moses. Both are 90+ years old. This was a very well received art activity which we definitely plan to repeat.

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