Residents from Brandywine Living in Upper Providence and Haverford, Pennsylvania were joined by family and friends at an exclusive reception and exhibition of their art Saturday afternoon. The residents, who recently took part in personalized art classes through a 10-week educational partnership between the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA) and Brandywine Living, now have their masterpieces proudly on public display.
“Everyone can be an artist. Our residents learned from PAFA that art comes from within. The residents did not just paint pictures, but rather, painted memories,” said Maria Nadelstumph, vice president of program excellence and organizational development at Brandywine Living.
“The program not only opened a creative door, but also created a proud moment of achievement and opportunity to share their legacy. We look forward to expanding this program and creating more innovative opportunities with PAFA to advance art expression for seniors.”
In the opening reception, residents, instructors and invited guests came together to share the works of art created during the pilot program “Life Through Art – My Story” that began earlier this year. Saturday’s event launched a three-week public exhibit at PAFA’s Sculpture Study Center.
“We’re extremely grateful to Brandywine Living for creating the opportunity for us to work with their residents and fulfill PAFA’s mission to promote the transformative power of art and art-making,” said Michael Kowbuz, director of continuing education programs at PAFA. “If the value of art comes from the stories it tells, then older adults have a definite advantage because they have a lifetime of material. It’s been a real pleasure to help them to tell their stories through art.”
The artists invite you to view the work that celebrates their life story at the featured exhibit, which will remain on display through Sunday, May 1st at PAFA’s Historic Landmark Building, 118-128 North Broad Street.