‘Once Upon a Time’ is the theme behind many Calgary seniors' art being exhibited at the North Mount Pleasant Art Centre on June 8, at 11 a.m.
Twelve local senior citizens have spent the past 10-weeks honing their art skills by painting in a variety of mediums, drawing and scrapbooking as a way to tell their stories.
“This is such a diverse group,” said community social worker Marcia Dupuis. “Not only are they discovering hidden talents, but they’re carpooling, expanding their support network and making friends.”
I spent some time with the Once Upon a Time art program students this week and was genuinely amazed at how good these amateur artist’s pieces were, and more importantly how well they seemed to gel.
“We were a shy bunch when we came in here – it’s like blossoming, we are going to be friend’s now,” said participant Edith Croft.
The City of Calgary art program, which was free for participants and funded by Family and Community Support Services (FCSS), will hopefully be offered again in Spring 2010.
Sharon Kurtz, who was working on a pictorial journal about her dreams, said it’s nice mixing with people her own age and learning new things together.
“There’s a big social aspect - some of us will connect after (the program is completed) and maybe even get out to a park and paint,” she said.
The 12 participating seniors will showcase their art with their new friends on Monday, June 8 at Mount Pleasant Art Centre. Here is a map.