Community Outreach

Free Classes during COVID-19

As we go through this pandemic together month after month, the isolation takes a toll on us all, but especially our older adults. Well, one thing we can do together is focus on what we and they can do, and the beauty in and around us.

These complimentary classes are a gift from me and my family to help in this effort. Each episode lasts 20-30 minutes and includes a little journey to find the inspiration for our painting, step-by-step guidance, and inspiration from other seniors I’ve had the honor to have as my students. They too, at one time, said “I can’t paint”, which later became “I can’t believe I painted that!” Oh what joy we’ve shared together and how I miss them so!

Whether you just watch or want to paint along with me, I hope our time spent together is meaningful for you. If you need a list of recommended supplies, please click here.

As an extra gift to those who wish to subscribe to my mailing list, I’ll send written step-by-step directions for all the videos below, and announcements of more resources to help us continue to be inspired and connected to one another.

Episode 1: Painting Virginia Bluebells
Episode 2: Painting Cherry Blossoms
Episode 3: Painting Wildflowers
Episode 4: Painting Beach Flowers

Art Totes for Seniors and Caregivers

It makes me so happy to sponsor and deliver totes of art supplies for seniors and caregivers to be able to paint along with me this spring. I’ve distributed about 25 totes so far, and hope to be able to keep doing so. I never thought I’d be excited about finding two bottles of paint before!

70 Care Packages for Nursing Home Residents

Giving brings me joy! During the first month of quarantine, every resident at my local nursing home received an Easter goodie bag filled with lots of love, little tasty treats and fragrances of spring.

If you’re looking for a way to help others during these trying times, please consider sharing your love with the seniors in your community. Some of the items I included were individually packaged items like lip balm, lotion, candies, cookies, pens, unsweetened drinks, nuts and dried fruits, aromatherapy oils, and flavored teas.

Art Supply Delivery for Nursing Home Residents

During one of my trips to the grocery store at the start of our state’s stay-at-home orders, I found these wonderful scratch art books and decided to buy several and tear them apart to give as an activity for the residents. Unfortunately, there weren’t enough wooden sticks, but thankfully my husband came to my rescue and together we made about two dozen sticks from dowels we happen to have tucked away. I love how during COVID so much of our time is able to be spent working together to bless others.

Two Families Use Facebook Fundraisers to Support Art Classes at Nursing Home

In the fall of 2019, two families asked if they could each do a Facebook fundraiser to help underwrite my programs so more residents at the nursing home could continue to paint after our summer grant from Dementia Society of America had run out. You can imagine my joy – and that of the residents who got to keep painting!

Here are just a few of the happy faces and beautiful paintings which resulted from over $2,000 of kindness and generosity! I’m so thankful for all who have allowed me to take pictures so that I can share their joy and mine with you.

Community Art Celebration at Inova LNRC

This spring Art Together partnered with Inova Loudoun Nursing & Rehabilitation Center to apply for a grant from the Dementia Society of America to help underwrite art enrichment programming for its nursing home residents. We were awarded a $1,000 grant which was a dream come true for us as we strive to find ways to fund our creative enrichment programs for our local seniors who are so eager to paint.

In celebration and with abundant gratitude, our summer art program culminated with a Summer in the Arts Exhibit, Demo and Artist Reception on Sept. 20, 2019. We also honored a few special guests who have made our joy possible with their support: Mabel Costello, Director of Activities, Connie Gier and Sharon Connor for underwriting one art scholarship monthly for two years, and Alicia Holz for her time and loving dedication as a monthly volunteer painting companion. A special thank you to Jerry’s Flowers and Gifts of Leesburg for donating bouquets of flowers as gifts for our resident artists and honorees. We had such a wonderful time together celebrating the gift of the arts in our lives, and can’t wait til we get to do it again!

Daughters Open Doors to Creativity for Others

Since the summer of 2017, the daughters of one of our former clients have been sponsoring other nursing home residents to participate in our creative aging programs through a scholarship in their mom’s honor and memory. We are so very grateful, as are the many seniors who’ve painted because of their generosity!

“Our mother, Marion McAboy, had the rewarding experience of painting for the first time due to the generous gift of a late patient and his family. The fact that Mom had dementia and a stroke did not stand in her way of enjoying this creative activity.

After seeing how much our mother enjoyed her experience, we wanted it to continue. It proved to us to be a beneficial and needed therapeutic experience for both patient and family.  Mom used to tell us as kids that embracing the unknown of new experiences can be challenging but exciting, like an adventure.

Thus, in memory of our Mom, it is our honor and privilege to establish ‘Marion’s Adventures.’ This is a monthly gift for other patients to enjoy an opportunity to enjoy a fun and rewarding creative experience and thereby allowing them as well as us to share in Mom’s fulfilling adventure.”

Connie Gier and Sharon Connor , October 2017

Over $2,000 in art scholarships awarded in 2018!

Recognizing that many of our seniors have very limited financial resources, we offer scholarships through our Benevolent Fund for those who need a little help to be able to participate in our private-pay programs. We fund these scholarships for seniors in our community by donating a portion of our profits, as well as partnering with our client families and members of our community who help us with donations through memorial gifts and sponsorships.

In gratitude for the blessings we have received from some of our anonymous client families in 2018 who have generously provided these opportunities for others, we offer a huge and color-filled thank you!

Just a few of our happy recipients!

April 28th Luncheon & Art Party Fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association

Learn to paint something beautiful and support a great cause!

Join us at the Camino Real in Berryville, VA for a fun afternoon of painting, and help us help others all at the same time! We’ll start off with a delicious Taco Bar lunch, and then receive step-by-step guidance to complete a beautiful spring landscape. All supplies will be provided, and don’t worry, no prior art experience is necessary! Profits raised benefit the vital work of the Alzheimer’s Association.

General Admission $60   Fee includes instruction, all supplies, as well as a delicious Taco Bar from 12:00-1:00 (with chicken, beef and all the fixings!) and soda, tea and water.

Get Your Tickets Today!   Click Here    Space and supplies are limited to 30 participants.  

I’m excited to partner with Team Greenfield again this year to help raise money in support of the Alzheimer’s Association. Last year our art party event raised over $1,000!

Meadow Glen’s Open House Celebrates Their Resident Artists

On June 1st we had the great joy of showcasing the beautiful artists we get to work with at Meadow Glen Assisted Living. Residents and visitors enjoyed our slideshow and exhibit featuring a sampling of the hundreds of paintings Meadow Glen’s residents have created in the nearly four years they’ve had me coming there. As a special added treat, attendees were given an opportunity to experience for themselves just how easy and enjoyable it is to follow our guided painting process! Two beautiful collaborative beach paintings were created that night by eight brave residents, families, staff and visitors!  

A special thank you to the Executive and Activities Directors at Meadow Glen for inviting us to be part of their Open House. Here’s to the beauty and joy their residents are bringing into our lives!