Celtic harpist Eve Watters plays at The Village at Gordon House, Dogwood Village Health & Rehab and Senior Living, and OC Free Clinic:
Through both the VCA Presenter Touring Program and the AC Community Outreach Program, Eve Watters shared her stories and harp playing with over 100 county residents throughout the late winter and early spring months of this year, 2016. Her harp playing is exquisite, her presence warm and friendly, and her interactions, in all senses, provide all those who attended her performances with a relaxing and memorable time. Pictured below are photos from the event held at Dogwood Village Senior Living, in their lovely Healing Garden.
Poetry Sessions at Dogwood Village Senior Living:
Writer and poet Hilary Holladay held two poetry sessions at DVSL during the month of April, National Poetry Month. Within those sessions Hilary and the residents studied several examples of poetry. Exercises to help attain creative flow ensued, followed by each resident working on and completing their own poems.
Fig Leaf Rubbings in Oil Pastel:
Residents from The Village at Gordon House spent a relaxing morning celebrating the beauty that the fall season brings. Using soft, rich oil pastels and melding the colors by employing a layering technique, the residents created these beautiful pieces.
Opening Reception for the Art Adventures Exhibit at Dogwood Village of OC – Senior Living
A packed crowd of family, friends and fellow residents joined the Art Adventure artists at the opening reception on September 17th, to view the exhibit showcasing the past year’s work that the Community Outreach Program art sessions produce. Held twice a month, at Dogwood Village -Senior Living, these talented residents explored many different mediums, from painting explorations to papier mache, and more.
Art Adventures Annual Exhibit September 17- 20, 2015
Ink Pen & Colored Pencil Exploration with Dogwood Village – Senior Living Art Adventure Artists:
After studying lovely and delicate hand-cut, paper florals from China the Art Adventure artists first penciled out their renditions of a chosen piece or two upon mat board. They then committed their design in ink pen, and then blended colored pencil in comely fashions to bring life to their floral designs.
Art Adventure members meet twice monthly at Dogwood Village – Senior Living for these Outreach art sessions. The yearly exhibit held each September showcases the work these diligent artists explore throughout each year.
Black History Month – A Music and Watercolor Exploration, with Dogwood Village Of Orange County – Senior Living:
After listening to several piano renditions of certain Louis Armstrong compositions, and Gershwin’s “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess, seniors from Dogwood Village worked in watercolor, creating different versions of musical instruments in cool blue and black hues.
“Operation Firefly” Author Liane Young and a Fireside Reading on Veterans Day at Dogwood Village – Senior Living:
Liane Young’s reading of the inspirational true story about the first African-American United States World War II Parachute Squadron, the 555th – coined the Triple Nickels – and their part in defusing incendiary bombs sent across the Pacific into the US coastal and northwestern states, was a wonderful way to honor the veterans of our fine country. Young is a local author, and Outreach was pleased to share her novel – a little known story – with the seniors at DV, some of them veterans themselves! Her expertise concerning these brave WW II veterans was very interesting. Thank you, Liane Young!
Art Adventures Annual Art Exhibit
Outreach meets with a group of residents at Dogwood Village ~ Senior Living twice monthly. The group sessions have been donned Art Adventures, and the artists explore many forms of fine art, from ceramics to painting, with the past year’s work exhibited every September, at Dogwood, during National Assisted Living week. Here is a glimpse of just a few of the projects, and two of the artists, in the midst of a wonderful representation of the artists and each of their artistic endeavors.
Alex Caton, Dick Harrington and Brad Saylor – Real, Live Square Dancing at Orange Senior Center!
A fiddler, guitarist, and professional square dance caller, and a group of energetic, fun-loving seniors have good old-fashioned fun kicking up their heels at Orange Senior Center. Whether it was partaking in the actual dancing, singing along, or keeping time with clapping, everyone joined in! Time flew and hearts soared!
Ken Farmer Tales from the Road
Antique specialist, Ken Farmer, of Quinn & Farmer Antiques, and frequent guest on the wonderful Antique Roadshow series, spent an afternoon with residents at Dogwood Village of OC ~ Senior Living. Mr. Farmer’s expertise and antique know-how, paired with his humorous and fascinating anecdotes regarding collectible “stuff”, was well received and whole-heartedly enjoyed by a packed audience.
Book Reading with Sarah Collins Honenberger
Local author, Sarah Collins Honenberger, visited Dogwood Village – Senior Living and gave a wonderful talk about how she segued from practicing law to writing short fiction and four published novels. After reading a passage from her newest book, Minding Henry Lewis, Ms. Honenberger held a lively Q &A session, with residents asking questions regarding the subject and sublties of her new novel, and her other published pieces, as well. Her refreshingly open, down-to-earth and humorous personality engaged the residents as she recounted stories and situations that prompt her to get it all down on paper. The hour ended too quickly!
Hawaiian Style at Dogwood Village – Health and Rehab
Among the many fun explorations of Hawaii, during National Nursing Home Week, taking a moment to create a stylized sea turtle and plumeria flower design was a relaxing respite. The wonderful decorations that the staff at Dogwood set up created a lovely mood to match the project, with the residents exploring Hawaii’s beauty through vibrant colored pencils on tinted cardstock.
Frank Walker Presentation at Dogwood Village – Senior Living
Celebrated author and historian, Frank Walker, spoke at Dogwood Village SL, about the rich history of Orange County. Delivered as a lecture and power point, peppered with wry humor, Mr. Walker filled the Community Room at Dogwood with an afternoon of education, fun and camaraderie.
Arts Fusion, from the Alzheimer’s Association – Central and Western Virginia Chapter, visits The Arts Center
After a group viewing of the exhibit in the Morin Gallery at the AC, artist and trained specialist, Kathy, works with seniors,and staff, from Dogwood Village of Orange County – Senior Living, in the studio classroom – guiding them through the creative processes of personal expression.
Dogwood Village Health & Rehab Seniors Celebrate Autumn
There is something about a pumpkin, and watercolor was the way to go!
Art Adventures Annual Art Exhibit 2013
This celebrated, looked-for annual art exhibit, held at Dogwood Village of Orange County Senior Living, showcases the past year’s artwork that is created during the art sessions held twice a month at DVSL. Art Adventures is the name of this talented group of seniors who gather with Outreach at Dogwood to create many wonderful works of art. The exhibit runs from September 12th – 16th, with an opening reception on Thursday, September 12th from 3:30-5:00PM.
Madison Senior Center at the Madison County Fair
The Madison County Fair was held in July’s most sweltering heat, but it wasn’t just the weather that was hot! The talented seniors from Madison Senior Center, a program through Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services, swept the Senior Division, winning a plethora of ribbons! One creative senior not only won a Blue Ribbon, she also won Best in Show for her wonderful clay piece. The works of art entered in the fair were created during this past year’s Outreach art visits, which are held monthly at Madison Senior Center – and reveal this group of seniors’ creativity and style!
Green Pear of Summer
The Village at Gordon House, an assisted living and nursing facility, worked with clay during the last weeks of late spring. Thoughts of the summer ahead and its bounty inspired one resident to create this beautiful pear.
Alex Caton Performs for the Orange Senior Center
Music is a feather in the cap of the Outreach Program. With performances reaching many area organizations, musicians are always eagerly anticipated by people from all walks of life.
Alex Caton – fiddler, guitarist and singer extraordinaire – made a visit this April to the Orange Senior Center. When Alex is performing, the seniors aren’t simply a terrifically entertained audience – they are eager participants, with many a request for old favorites. And Alex can fill them all!
Spring Training: The Art of Baseball
The Arts Fusion Early Stage Program, through the Alzheimer’s Association – Western & Central Virginia Chapter, is a superior early stage Alzheimer’s support program that makes monthly visits to the Morin Gallery at The Arts Center in Orange.
After viewing and discussing the pieces in the Spring Training exhibit, seniors from both Dogwood Village of Orange County Senior Living and Amerisist enjoyed working afterwards in the studio, with the Arts Fusion specialist, on a follow-up art activity that pertained to the traditions of baseball.
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Art Adventures in Papier Mache
Creating papier mache pieces for their upcoming show in September, Art Adventure seniors from Dogwood Village of Orange County Senior Living work hard perfecting their technique during the early stages of this three step process.
Winter Art Sessions in Blue on White
Winter weather brought out the blue watercolor for residents of Belleview Senior Apartments and seniors from The Village at Gordon House. To while away the time, exploring many different painting techniques, and interpreting the world around us using only the color blue, was a relaxing pleasure.
A visit to the Morin Gallery, here at The Arts Center, to view the Spirit & Soul exhibit, was part of the day’s plan for members from Orange County Senior Center. After viewing the exhibit, and garnering inspiration from the paintings, the seniors worked in the classroom studio on clay medallions, drawing upon nature to create intricate works of art to honor both the spirit and the soul.
Art Adventures Autumn Exhibit
The annual Art Adventures exhibit was a great success! With work that represented this past year’s projects, the Main Lobby at Dogwood Village of OC Senior Living was transformed into a gallery. Quite a few of the pieces displayed ribbons – proudly stating Best in Show and more !- that were garnered at this past summer’s County Fair. Many good times were had at the opening -by the artists themselves and visitors alike – as they viewed the exhibit, or relaxed with refreshments in the Healing Garden.
A group from The Village at Gordon House made a visit to The Arts Center’s Morin Gallery to view the VA H2O exhibit with the Alzheimer’s Association Arts Fusion Program. Future visits, by Gordon House and others are being planned! Contact information is provided above.
Oil Pastel Exploration at The Village at Gordon House
During a recent art visit, which Outreach makes at The Village at Gordon House on a monthly basis, these talented seniors explored a form of drawing . Using rich and vibrantly hued oil pastels on black pebbly-textured paper – along with various imagery from magazines acting as inspiration – each artist interpreted nature at its finest.
Dogwood Village of Orange Senior Living Art Adventures through Outreach and the Future Farmers of America from Orange County High School
Beautiful wooden cache boxes, created by members of Orange County High School’s Future Farmer’s of America – with the residents of Dogwood Village of Orange County Senior Living expressly in mind – were painted and decorated during Outreach Art Adventure classes. These classes are held twice monthly at Dogwood Village SL, and have been a mainstay of the Outreach program since 2002.
Father’s Day tiles created by Orange Elementary School First Graders:
As a yearly tradition, Outreach visits Orange Elementary School and works with each of its first grade students on a tile project. This year’s project was a piece for Father’s Day. The students used various colored glazes to create their own seascape. The tiles were then fired at the Arts Center, and returned to each student in time to give as a gift!
Outreach at Lightfoot Elementary School: Printmaking was just one of the art mediums that Outreach introduced to students from Lightfoot Elementary School during their After School Enrichment Program.
Masks by Dogwood Village Senior Living at the General Assembly Building in Richmond:
The Art Adventure group from Dogwood Village of Orange County Senior Living is once again a part of the annual art exhibit that is now hanging at the General Assembly Building, in Richmond, for the 2012 regular session. This year’s entries are papier mache masks, which the seniors at Dogwood Village SL tackled with their usual creative zeal! From start from finish, each artist designed their own unique and splendid piece.
Dogwood Village of OC – Senior Living Annual Exhibit:
The art was fantastic, the ambiance and food wonderful, and the artists were in high form. Family, friends and community members gathered to view the past year’s work, to celebrate with the seniors that comprise the Art Adventures group, founded way back in 2001 by Linda Marston-Reid and June Dunaway.