Fri, September 1, 2017
Members of Twin Fountains Home’s Canvas Art Group displayed their works at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta earlier this year, and now they are seeking permanent homes for those paintings while raising money for two worthy causes.
The senior artists will hold a community “Art for Memory" Silent Auction on Thursday, Sept. 7, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the South Tower Lobby of WellStar West Georgia Medical Center.
Eleven of their works will be for sale. Bids start at $25 each with $5 increments thereafter. Half the proceeds will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association, and the other half will be used to buy the group new art supplies.
The group’s eight artists — Gary Jenkins, Nancy Jones, Charlotte McClendon, Bonnie O’Brien, Brenda Register, Mattie Stinchcomb, Jeanie Walker and Jackie White — all had a hand in creating each acrylic-on-canvas painting.
“I usually provide a picture of something we can model the work after, and of course, their art turns out to be rather different from the picture because several people are involved in creating it,” said Andria Powell, Twin Fountains’ activities coordinator, who leads the monthly art gathering. “I’m not an artist, so it really makes me feel good to see a blank canvas and then see how everyone puts their own touches on it and brings it to life together.”
It may be hard for the residents to say goodbye to their art, for it represents a moment in their lives when they truly had a once-in-a-lifetime chance to shine, Powell said. Still, they are excited about the new possibilities their fundraising efforts will bring.
The artists, family members and several Twin Fountains Home team members traveled together in April to the High Museum to display their art during the museum’s “Second Sunday” program, a time when all visitors receive free admission for family-friendly programming. According to Nicole Cromartie, the museum’s manager of family programs, featuring art from nursing home residents hadn’t been done before at least in the last two years she has served there.
“Andria called me from Twin Fountains and asked about the possibility, and I thought, ‘Well, why not?’" Cromartie said. "We’re always trying to think of programs that will appeal to families and to different age groups, from toddlers to older adults. We thought it was a great idea because their art certainly fit into our programming.”
On the big day, in the museum’s expansive Taylor Lobby in the Wieland Pavilion, each resident sat beside a piece of artwork displayed on an easel and greeted museum guests of all ages, who asked them questions about their work and thanked them for sharing it.
One young girl told them their work needed to be “displayed upstairs in the galleries.” Another woman in a wheelchair with a service dog, said, “Thank you for this. You’ve truly given us a gift today.”
For more information, please contact Powell at email@example.com or (706) 812-2893.