Meet Adele


Meet Adele Adele: From Library to Art Studio

When Adele graduated from Syracuse University in 1951 with a degree in Library Science and headed back to her hometown of Buffalo, NY, she never dreamed that life would lead her to the Hebrew Home where she would discover a passion and talent for art. “I discovered my inner self through art and it’s a wonderful feeling,” says Adele. “It brings joy, beauty and happiness to me.”

Adele came to the Hebrew Home in 2001 to be near a daughter who lives in Silver Spring. Her husband had passed away and the time seemed right to bid farewell to Buffalo where she had enjoyed a long and loving marriage, raised two children, and had a brief but fulfilling career at the Kenmore Library, where she was known for her popular reviews of children’s literature. Thus, Adele closed one chapter of her life and opened a new one.

Adele’s love of art was ignited in her very first art class at the Hebrew Home thanks to the encouragement and support of teacher Patricia Dubroff, who was our Artist-in-Residence at that time. When it became apparent that Adele's work reflected unusual spirit, vision, and innate talent, the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA) and The Society for the Arts in Healthcare (SAH) mounted a one-woman exhibit of her paintings and mixed-media pieces, which opened in June of ’06 and ran for six months. The exhibit, funded in part by the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, highlights the efforts of AAHSA and SAH to draw attention to the positive impact of art and creativity on the lives of seniors.

Today Adele attends art classes two to three days a week, where she focuses on acrylic painting, using a style that runs from abstract to primitive. Adele is also an avid reader, devouring romance and historical novels, autobiographies and psychology texts. Every day presents Adele with new opportunities to read, explore, learn…and make plans for another colorful masterpiece.

In 2006 alone, the Hebrew Home allocated almost $225,000 to programs that enrich residents' lives through art, culture, and music.

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