I was first introduced to For Love and Art when my mother was in rehab at Belterra in McKinney. After the beautiful presentation, I asked the volunteer if this program could be done at my mother's assisted living, The Village at Stonebridge. She gave me the contact information which I passed along to the social director at The Village. On the first Wednesday of June, Mark Lombard came with all the beautiful art, and he has been coming every other Wednesday since then. Because I do volunteer work the hour before he arrives, I have been able to be a part of his audience. To spend an hour viewing magnificent works of art and hear Mark tell stories about the artists who created them is an incredible experience. I love to listen to the residents comment as Mark draws them into the paintings. For Love and Art is truly a unique experience and I know the seniors at The Village feel as blessed as I do from this enriching program!.
I have experienced For Love & Art on more than one occasion, and it is truly a gift to those in attendance. This program brings sunlight to residents of nursing homes or other long term care facilities. Mark takes patients on a journey, and each journey is a work of art. He takes them into each painting, or piece of art, and explores with each patient what they see, think and feel, while viewing the piece. As a result of my own experiences with For Love & Art, I now see many more aspects when I view works of art. I still see beauty, but now I also see the different elements of each piece, the colors, the time of year (if scenic), the expressions, the clothing, the culture, and, often, what the artist is trying to show us.
Mark brings more than joy to these residents. He has a tool that reconnects them to the outside world. It’s quite unique, and very beautiful.
When I was told about this organization and its mission statement I thought..."BRILLIANT IDEA" i work with some senior citizens and whether its a disablility, lack of energy or a transportation issue these Virtual Art Books provide hours of enjoyment to seniors who otherwise would not have access to artwork that they were once able to admire ina gallery or musuem.
When I heard about this organization I thought...what a fantastic idea!!! For Love and Art is so smart, they bring the art museum to people that can no longer get there on their own.
This organization has a blessed mission and has touched many lives with their electronic art display. Mark has a beautiful collection of many periods of artistic expression on a special device that electronically displays these to people who would otherwise not be able to have access to them. Mark has a genuine caring spirit that reaches into hearts to transform their life experience. He is awesome in action.
Being a cancer survivor and a long time volunteer with various non-profits, I know how very very important the hospice work is. Mark has been so innovative in his work and has brought much joy to those who are so in need of a respite from their suffering! Keep up your wonderful work!
I have been impressed with Mark Lombard's caring and loving nature since meeting him at a leadership event during 1985. Though we live at opposite ends of the country, Mark has always stood steadfast in my life with upbeat and joyful communications and inspirations. What he has created with For Love and Art is such a valuable contribution to those who need it most! To present true beauty through art into lives that thirst for encouragement and motivation is the greatest gift I can think of - replacing doubt and anxiety with wonder and awe. There could hardly be a better cause, a more just recipient of support than For Love and Art. I feel better about the world we live in, just knowing that this organization continues to grow and have influence, lighting a path to the heart of the matter: the human soul requires elegance and artistry, especially when we are vulnerable and threatened by our own mortality. For Love and Art shifts the focus to a higher hope, to a more pleasing possibility, to a vision of a glorious reward.
Mark Lombard is not only genius with the utter brilliance of his desire to serve and contribute to people. I have been a good friend of Mark Lombard's for year and I am more than confident when I tell anyone that Mark loves people, he has a deep passion for art, and he married the two into the charity of For Love & Art.
How can anyone not fall in love with the artwork of the great maestro’s of our times? And being that their artwork touches the heart, transforms the current experience into one of joy and love, and soothes and feeds the soul, and brings peace of heart and peace of mind to the patron – what more could ever offer those who have limited ability to visit the museums?
For Love & Art brings love, charity, joy, and transcendence into the hearts and minds to those that are not able to make the trip to the museums. Instead, they bring the museum into some of the most inhospitable places they help remind those in hospices that those patients are still respected and love and cherished members of our society.
Mark has my love, my dedication, my admiration, and I feel proud to call him my friend and to say that I know such a magnificent man.
-- Grant T.
For Love and Art is such an inspiring organization. It gives people who are in their last stage of life to enjoy beauty and get lost in the magnificence of a piece of art.
As a classically trained musician, I know the value in music therapy for people suffering through illness, aging and pain. When I think of For Love and Art, I think of art therapy. This group brings the art experience to people who wouldn't be able to experience to such a full extent any other way.
I had the marvelous chance to meet two people that Mark visits as a volunteer for Hospice in the Dallas, Texas area. One was the indomitable Miss Billie, the inspiration "For Love and Art". I experienced first hand the tangible as well as intangible support Hospice volunteers provide to those they visit. The "For Love and Art" project that blossomed as a result of their relationship is a fantastic tribute to Miss Billie, Hospice and those we love.
I spent several years researching nursing home and assisted living care. When I learned about For Love and Art, I thought is was such a wonderful gift to residents who don't get to see art and beauty. The images are magical. And I think it's even more wonderful because a caring volunteer spends one-on-one time with a resident sharing their joy and appreciation for art and beauty. It's a wonderful way for residents to feel cared for, loved, inspired, and connected in a way that is out of the ordinary - which leaves them feeling special. This project is from the heart and deserves to be recognized and known. Every facility should have one of these amazing books that draws the "reader" into a world of visual delight.
When a person is winding down their life and can't get around, how inspiring it is to be able to see great works of art from major museums to liberate the spirit and counter fear of the future. As an artist myself, I am delighted that this project was created to inspire people facing their transition. As soon as I heard that Mark was developing For Love and Art, I knew I wanted to donate an art book. I am not a television watcher myself and think it is fabulous that this nonprofit offers an alternative to the boob tube for people in hospice.