Leisureworld exhibit showcases
the Art of LivingResidents possess timeless inner beauty
The symbol of Leisureworld’s
second annual Art of Living Exhibit features an oyster revealing
It’s a fitting image as the upcoming event
promises to show how treasures develop with age, with 27 residents
from 23 Leisureworld long-term care and retirement homes profiled.
This year features a new twist with the theme, The Timeless Inner
Beauty of Age. The exhibit will highlight not only physical talents
but inner attributes.
“Some of them are not artists, their inner
beauty comes through their personality and the way they live their
lives,” Leisureworld communications specialist Colleen Neufeld
Aging isn’t generally associated with beauty,
Neufeld adds, but there are people who in spite of all the odds
have a wonderful attitude towards life that is inspiring.
“They have an art of living. . . . This
may not be traditionally looked at as art, but it is.”
Neufeld says people will leave the exhibit feeling "very good"
and "inspired" because they can see aging in a different
“Sometimes we perceive
older people as not that able or capable anymore, but they still
are and they still have that. Even though they may not necessarily
create art anymore, they still have that within them and (the exhibit
is) to remind people of that, that they still are internally vibrant,”
Neufeld notes she was moved while working on the
exhibit, which also celebrates Seniors’ Month in Ontario.
“In preparing the program and writing (residents’)
stories and sharing some of their comments, I found I was working
with a smile on my face the whole time,” Neufeld says.
One featured resident, for example, has shown
remarkable resiliency, cheerfulness and a zest for life while recovering
from a stroke. Another resident at another home channelled a lifelong
journey of self-discovery through painting.
Being part of the Art of Living Exhibit has come
as an unexpected and pleasant surprise to residents and their families.
Neufeld notes some of them “have been really thrilled.”
At least 14 of the featured residents will attend
the opening reception June 24 at Toronto’s Dylan Ellis Gallery.
Sponsored by Classic Care Pharmacy, the reception
runs from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Free public viewing takes place June 25 from 9
a.m. to 5 p.m., and June 26 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Visitors will be able to read profiles of featured
residents and see portrait photos of them taken by Kevin Viner.
Works of those residents with artistic talents will also be on display.
As well, a special print comprised of all of the
portrait photos will be available for purchase at the event, with
proceeds going to charity. A print costs $25, with a framed version
available for $140.
Since some of the featured residents will not
be attending the exhibit, kits will be assembled for further celebrations
at participating homes.
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