Monday, October 15, 2007

Mary's Woods 6th Annual Resident Art Show

Creativity in Retirement: Mary's Woods 6th Annual Resident Art Show

Open to Public Saturday, October 27

10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Holy Names Heritage Center

17425 Holy Names Drive at Highway 43

Lake Oswego, OR 97034

"Awaken the partnered powers of age and creativity to find a new sense of possibility."

- Gene D. Cohen, MD, PhD, The Creative Age

LAKE OSWEGO, OR – In Portland's ever-shifting art scene, one never knows where the newest, on-the-edge emerging artist might debut. Look no further! Mary's Woods at Marylhurst, Oregon's premiere retirement community on the banks of the Willamette River, celebrates the arts in a showcase of talent featuring works by over forty residents. Hosted in the spectacular, newly opened Holy Names Heritage Center, this is the first year Creativity in Retirement will be open to the public.

Amateur art - The stamps - La République des Femmes

Artists in this show work in a wide variety of media. The works range from charming to astonishing, museum-quality. Some artists have made art all their lives. Others have come to it only recently in their retirement and still others have switched to new media because of physical changes that can accompany aging.

Margery, 88, is an accomplished painter who has made art her entire adult life. Event chair Donna Brinati, took up painting several years ago following retirement from a full career in interior design. Within the last year Carol, 85, discovered an enormous talent for watercolor. Tentative when she took her first class last winter, Carol now proudly proclaims, "I can really paint!" Lisa, 81, a life-long painter, made the happy switch this year to ceramics as her vision deteriorated. John, 68, a retired physician startled himself with the success of his first attempt at sculpture – a realistic self-portrait bust in clay.

In addition to paintings and ceramics, the exhibit includes exquisite examples of woodworking, stained glass, quilting and embroidery. Beautiful handmade paper, jewelry and knitware will also be on display.

An essential part of Mary's Woods comprehensive approach to wellness and healthy aging, creativity reverberates throughout Mary's Woods and lends the community a life-affirming energy and vitality. Please join us on Saturday, October 27, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm for an opportunity to discover some great new local artists.

"Being creative is not the preserve of youth . . . in fact the creative journey can get deeper and richer as we get older." - Mamo McDonald, Age & Opportunity Ireland

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