Community Outreach

Announcing FREE Online Spring Classes!

Join me on a creative adventure as we explore the beauty of spring during the next several weeks! These pre-recorded, complimentary classes are my gift to you as we get through this pandemic together. Themes include river banks of Virginia bluebells, flowering cherry blossom trees, and bouquets and gardens of flowers. No prior experience is needed, just a desire to have some fun learning something new. Don’t worry, I’ll guide you step-by-step. I can’t wait to see your painting and hear about your experience.

For a list of recommended supplies, please click here.

Lesson One: Painting Virginia Bluebells

Additional lessons will come out later in April and May.

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!

Art Party to Benefit the Alzheimer’s Association

 

Join us April 29, 2017 1-4pm at Greenfield Senior Living in Berryville, VA for what is sure to be a fun afternoon! 

All supplies will be provided, as well as light refreshments. Seating is limited to 30 guests and we are expecting this event may sell out quickly, so don’t delay. Profits raised benefit the vital work of the Alzheimer’s Association. Get your tickets today! 

Early Bird $50 (until April 15);  General Admission $65 (starting April 16 )

Click here to buy your tickets:   https://www.eventbrite.com/e/art-party-fundraiser-to-benefit-the-alzheimers-association-tickets-32784225501

 

Our clients’ art helps support mission of Alzheimer’s Association

Greenfield Senior Living of Berryville, VA in partnership with Art Together recently hosted a silent art auction with all proceeds to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.

The artwork was created by the residents who have participated in our programs over the past two years. Thanks to the generous donations of more than 25 paintings by residents and their families, and the generous donations by attendees, the event was able to raise $930 in just 90 minutes! Wow!!

Here’s to the gift of the arts in our lives….and the blessings and healing they can bring to others!