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Interfaith's Lifetime Art Exhibit
September 7, 2015
By Janice Babcock
Interfaith Older Adult Programs’ Lifetime Art Exhibition at Meadowmere Senior Living Community, Oak Creek is available for viewing through September 13, 2015. It’s a collection of 25 pieces of original artwork created by older adults in the Southeastern Wisconsin area. The Lifetime Art Competition is an annual, juried, traveling exhibition of different types of art created by local Wisconsin artists age 50+.
Christa Shields, Development Director at Interfaith, coordinated the Lifetime Art Competition and Exhibition. The exhibition began its “journey” at the Milwaukee City Hall Rotunda and had its grand opening at the InterContinental Hotel in downtown Milwaukee – “traveling” around the area for 12 months. Interfaith Older Adult Programs is able to sponsor the Lifetime Art Competition with the generous support of the Helen Daniels Bader Fund, A Bader Philanthropy, and the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary L. Nohl Fund, along with the generous hospitality of all of the exhibit sites (see interfaithmilw.org/lifetimeart for a complete listing).
Meadowmere hosted a reception on August 20th expertly coordinated by Ann Salerno, Activity Director. This was an opportunity for residents of Meadowmere, along with their family and friends, to meet some of the winning artists from the 2015 Lifetime Art Competition. Many volunteers facilitated tours of the three floors where the artwork was displayed. Several of the artists were on hand, and gave presentations about their artwork. As guests viewed the exhibition they could enjoy the talents of some of Wisconsin’s finest older adult artists. Different types of art can capture one’s eye and imagination! Guests also had the opportunity to vote on their favorite piece. Some of the pieces are available for purchase, while others simply provide an opportunity for viewers to revel in the various types of art on display.
This reception was indeed a class act. Upon entering the main dining area, live harp music permeated every corner of the room. Talented harpist, Tahlia Morris, set the stage for the ambiance and allure that was to come. While strolling through the gallery, we enjoyed tasty home-made artichoke and hummus dips prepared by Ann Salerno. Hors d’oeuvres, tea sandwiches and champagne were also served. It was very elegant! I was one of the winning artists present. I enjoyed talking with the reception attendees. I sat at a table with resident, Adel Lazarski, and her daughter, Lindell Behlendorf. We developed a camaraderie while discussing mutual experiences living in South Milwaukee. It was like a homecoming for me. Lindell graciously took this photo of the harpist and me to commemorate the occasion.
The event at Meadowmere, Oak Creek was an elegant and very rewarding activity thanks to the many gracious volunteers who gave their time to shepherd the attendees through a delightful afternoon experience. Ann Salerno and the staff at Meadowmere Oak Creek Senior Living Community took care of our every need. Clearly this was multi-dimensional program that involved the talents of many in the community. Come and see it for yourself!