Honoring my sister, Gloria Gay Stottlemyre, by donating a virtual museum art book to the Vitas Hospice Center where she died was more than enough, however, the simple ceremony with us, her family, was so inspiring. Sweet words shared and acknowledgement of how we all felt she would so love that this was done in her honor. The art book is amazing and beautiful. The staff at the Vitas center were so excited that they want them for all of their centers.
Enriching the elderly with the beauty of art is a beautiful thing to experience.
The slides of works of art from famous museums are wonderful because they can be enlarged so people with low vision can see. The presenter encourages and complements participation. I have seen the joy it brings to these groups. Many of the participants cannot leave because of physical or mental disabilities, and this brings the museums to them. Thank you for this wonderful organization!
For Love and Art is a great charity that brings light and life to the elderly. Its amazing to see how much these people enjoy being presented wonderful works of art and talking with them about how it makes them feel. For Love and Art aims to improve the quality of life and brings love and art to senior citizens that normally would not get to enjoy those experiences.
I am so happy there is a place to post just how wonderful For Love and Art has been to the Kentucky Children’s Hospital….Having the art book to showcase these amazing works is not only a great educational tool for our patients, but a way we can get them interested in recreating certain pieces during art sessions. Some of these kids will never be able to walk into one of these incredible museums, let alone have the time of getting close enough to study the individual work. We have appreciated the donation from the very moment we started utilizing it and it is a sure way to engage some of the older teens. Furthermore, Mark Lombard (who helps run the show) is one of the kindest and most easy going folks I have had the pleasure of working with.
On another note, one of our volunteers accidentally wiped out and deleted all of the memory and Mark was more than happy to have it returned so he could restore the files and resend it our way!
To Mark and all the other spectacular souls who take part in making For Love and Art a reality, a big thank you from your KCH friends!
Much love your way!
Child Life Expressive Arts Resource Specialist
"Captivating and enlightening, this activity is so much different from any other project I've ever participated in. I'll never forget this; I especially liked, "Whistlejacket." This whole community is very grateful to you and your group for giving us the opportunity to see this painting and others and express our joy over their awesomeness! You fully deserve the 5 stars I'm giving you!" – Sherry
"I thought this presentation was spectacular and words cannot adequately express what I feel inside. I'd give you much more than 5 stars for this wonderful and thought-provoking project." – Bonnie
We have been using our For Love and Art Tablet for more than a year and we love it! It's so gratifying to watch our patients lose themselves in wonder over the beauty of the paintings and then begin to travel back in time to a memory that brings them comfort and joy. What a marvelous resource!
“You always bring so much love into this community. God bless you!” – Dru
“I never thought I would enjoy looking at art so much. I didn’t talk much, but I sure looked and listened and learned a thing or two.” – Art
“Takes me back to all those trips my husband and I went on seeing this great country. My, such good memories! I hope you come back soon.” – Marian
“This is probably my favorite activity at our community. I love expressing my opinion and hearing what others have to say. We want you to stay all day!” – Nina
“As my great-granddaughter would say, these paintings are ‘beautimous!’ Thank you, For Love & Art!" – Joy
“As an artist myself, I love to explore the works of great artists - and even those I never heard of. Every painting you showed took us on a great adventure. And we didn’t have to leave the comfort of our home here. " – Fran
As a hospice volunteer, my job as I see it is to generate strong, loving relationships with people facing the end of life...and we both know the clock is ticking.
Using the Virtual Museum ArtBook is excellent with new patients, especially when we have to break the ice. Usually, it takes two or three visits before we are comfortable enough to share our intimate moments. When using the ArtBook, as we share whatever our experience is while viewing the art, intimate conversations are immediately triggered...we converse about people, places and things that matter the most to us. It's not about "I have a grandmother who lived in Pittsburgh," it's about, "Oh! This painting reminds me of every year when my parents took me to Pittsburgh to visit my grandmother. The snow was so high, it was higher than the top of my head! And you should have known my Grandmother, she loved me so much! She always cooked for me and her house always smelled so good...etc., etc., etc." For hours on end, they share unabashedly about "the loves of their lives."
I've personally witnessed people who seemed near death who were completely revitalized by sharing the Art Experience, sitting up in bed and wanting to view some more. It's not that their life is extended, it's about what they think about during that extension. Their end of days are not about fear -- fear of dying, or being in pain, or whether they did what they were supposed to do in life, or whether or not their family is taken care of, or whether they are going to heaven or hell. It is about, "You know, I had a pretty good life. I had people who loved me so much and I loved so many in return." People bask in the glow of a life well lived.
And who wouldn't want such a happy ending for themselves and their family members?
I get to use the greatest art in the world to "love on" people. I have the profound privilege of knowing, loving and honoring them for having lived a great life.
As a volunteer caregiver, I completely triumph...I walk out of that room in love with people, and they are in love with me. I am completely fulfilled!
“Spectacular! I feel fully alive!” – Lois (client served)
I got to admit it, this is the most fun I had in a long time. I didn’t even need my glasses to see the show.
I met Richard at a Meetup, and he invited me to another in which I met Mark – the Founder of For Love and Art. From that point on, I have been a Volunteer with For Love and Art and have enjoyed every moment of this journey. In helping out local communities and their Nursing Homes, Hospices and Children's Hospitals, to expanding the growth of this beautiful organization, to becoming friends with the incredible people where it all started – I couldn't be more blessed. If you love people, and you love art, then this is the best organization out there for lightening up a special someone's day!
When I came into this room, I was sad, gloomy, depressed and tired. Halfway through, my mood dramatically shifted and i became, well, … like I was beautiful and happy! It’s like the sun came out on me and cleared up all the clouds!
I especially liked “The Rose Garden.” Maybe I’ll get to go to the Crystal Bridges Museum someday.
This is so different from other things we do here, and it really makes you think! The mothers and children of Mary Cassatt are my favorites.
I especially like hearing what other residents think about the art. Yes, we often had different ideas, but I didn’t realize we had so much in common.
My name is Matt Harris and I am currently a Volunteer Caregiver with For Love & Art who leads presentations.
Through this organization I have not only been given one of the greatest opportunities of my life but I have learned that through Art, you can create happiness in others. I have also been fortunate enough to experience this happiness with others while leading these presentations.
"For Love & Art" allows volunteers like myself to not only interact with several groups of people that we normally are not able to communicate with but it also provides an opportunity to better your verbal and nonverbal communication skills. On top of all of that, since this is a nationwide organization, it is positively effecting people in every corner of this great nation and it still continues to grow, meaning that there are several more volunteer opportunities.
As for those who do not know anything about "For Love & Art", the mission of this great organization is below as well as the website in which I urge you to at least take a look at:
For Love & Art brings the Art Experience to those with limited mobility. For Love & Art is in the business of healing, rejuvenating and ‘dusting’ broken spirits – even if just for a little while – through simple human love, digital technology and the preternatural power of art…
Lastly, I would like to thank Mark Lombard as well as anyone else who brought life to "For Love & Art". Because of this, life has been brought back to so many others and I will help out in any way possible in order to see this organization continue growing.