My name is Barbara, and I live in the Assisted Living Community at Atria Senior Living in Richardson. I saw that our Memory Care Community had something on their calendar this morning about art and I decided to visit them and check this out. I do love art, after all.
What I saw was fabulous! For Love & Art brought treasures from The Frick Collection in New York City and showed them to us. They made it bigger so we could see all the details, even important ones that you couldn't see in the museum. They told us a little bit about each, like the artist and the title, and asked us to share what we thought of it.
Many in the audience made meaningful comments about the level of detail or the beautiful colors, shapes, and other things in the painting. But what amazed me is how the presentation held the attention of all members, regardless of their mental capacity. Bear in mind that I visit these dear people often. They usually wander about and are easily distracted, but even if they didn't speak out loud, I could see captivation in their faces. They were riveted by what they were seeing. I've witnessed music and other activities that cannot do what this has done. I've never seen this level of absorption before.
They say these presentations are like "knocking on heaven's door," and now I know why. I can't wait until they come back. Actually, I want them to come over to our side and give this show to us, too! I highly recommend For Love & Art to your friends and family in senior living.
"For Love & Art is something to love! It's really lovable! I wouldn't miss this show for anything. I've been to a lot of art museums around the world, and I every time you come, it's a brand new experience. I really appreciate your love of art, too! I often think that musicians are in a fortunate position to do what they love and I imagine anyone who loves art would absolutely love to share their love of art with people like us." – Sylvia
"This is a marvelous project. We are learning how to appreciate art. When I went to school in Brooklyn, art was a big part of our curriculum, and it's so missing in school these days." – Bunny
This presentation was "delicious!" Of all the activities, this is my favorite. It puts you in another world, seeing the art. – Beverly
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!
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
“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
“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.
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.
I’m just a good old boy from a small town about 40 miles south of Amarillo and really like when you come around. I never got to visit museums growing up and didn’t know what I was missing. I never really thought I’d like art, but it sure is beautiful and gives me something to think about for days afterwards. Hearing what other folks think and feel about the pictures show me parts of myself I never recognized before. I reckon we’re not that much different after all.