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Mandala: Earth

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Spontaneous Ink Imagery

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A beautiful collage made by a woman in her late 90's. Recycled materials and natural objects were used to create this image she called, "Moonstruck".

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Inspired by Autumn..Nature study and watercolor.

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This is a very simplistic form of collage. Created by a woman in her late 70's, who suffered a stroke. She lost the use of her dominant hand and her ability to verbalize clearly. She created a "Life Line" in which she portrayed her happy life, which she felt ended with the "stroke". Art was profoundly important and healing for her, as she could express her thoughts and feelings through this medium.

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A current example of a group collaboration to share with the community. Nature, and individuals coming together to celebrate creativity and the changing seasons.

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Watercolor Dream Catchers. These are simple in nature, but very meaningful as each one contains the wishes and dreams of each of the creators.

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Inspired by Autumn was the title of this task. This was made by a woman in her 80's who was upset at "not being able to use her hands anymore". She was pleased with her work upon completion.

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Spontaneous Mandala image. Mandala means, "Sacred Circle" and is an effective art project on many levels.

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Chalk drawing technique. A nature study.

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One of several striking pieces created by a female artist in her late 80's.

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Creativity is Ageless!

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Mask making can be used in a variety of therapeutic approaches. This one was created by woman in her 70's.

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Monochromatic watercolor assignment created by male veteran in his late 80's.

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Black and white tree made by woman in her 50's with psychiatric diagnoses.

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Black and white reproduction of a color print created by a woman in her 90's.

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Spontaneous and beautiful ink and watercolor created by a woman with limited dexterity due to M.S.

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Colorful Tree painted by female artist in her late 70's.

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watercolor & mixed media nature collage by woman in her 80's

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still life chalk study by male artist

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Dreamcatcher

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Chalk and marker study of things in our pantry. Two separate artists...The potato was made by a woman in her 80's with macular degeneration (amazing!) The apple on the right by a woman in her late 70's with a true love of art.

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A brilliant painting on tile by a lifelong artist in her 80's. She is very deliberate in her color choices and so uniquely her style. This tile was later broken into a mosaic and entitled: "After the Hurricane"

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Abstraction by a male artist in his 80's

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Pastel triptych of landscapes by woman in her 70's

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This is an example of an acrylic painting that was done hand-over-hand with a legally blind woman in her 80's. She also lives with dementia and requires many cues about the tasks. She selected colors from our conversation of the Hudson River as she painted. Beautiful.

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This is a mosaic by a very creative woman in her 80's. She is also hearing impaired. She did not like this piece at all until someone commented that it reminded her of Picasso...She laughed and titled this: "PicasSUE" (her name is Sue)! Then we laughed with delight, and she enjoys it much more!

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Art Rocks at ANY age!

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January Artist of the Month: Mrs. S.

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mixed paper collage by a woman in her 80's and with macular degeneration and dementia. Beautiful!

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This "Freedom" painting was created by a young woman with mild M.R. and recovering from 3rd degree burns all over her body. Using her hands was very difficult. Splattering and blowing paint aided her in creating this. She said she painted fireworks because she used to enjoy going to see them with her young son.

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Weaving project by my January artist...What she at first disliked and thought was a "mess" turned into this striking detailed catfish sculpture that she now really enjoys. Art has no rules!

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This piece of the "Freedom Quilt" was made by a woman in her late 80's with moderate dementia. She had difficulty with this task and was unable to begin the process of putting paint to paper. When I asked her what freedom meant to her, this was her response. I told her to do just that. She then could begin and added her own words and the flag. She smiled and giggled with pride her honest answer. Wonderful!!

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Watercolor and chalk drawing by lifelong artist in her late 80's.

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This was a group watercolor Freedom quilt project made with long term nursing home residents. Each person was asked what freedom meant to them. Most of the group members have moderate to severe dementia. Some of the responses are very profound.

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Monochromatic painting by January artist of the month: Simple Beauty.

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