Age - No Barrier to Senior Creativity

Age - No Barrier to Senior Creativity

35 Campus Residents Shine in Jewish Community Center's Annual Art Exhibition

Edith.BloomA Lifetime of Perspective: Art by Older Adults
Goldman Gallery, Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington
Opening for friends & relatives: May 11, 2014, 2-4 p.m. The show runs through June 1, 2014.
Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., M-F and Sundays
Admission is free.

 
Drop by any art class on our campus and here's what you'll observe: amid bustle and chatter, seniors are having a ball. 
 
Thanks to the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 23 of our residents who love to create art will strut their stuff along with other area seniors similarly inspired at the Center's annual art show focused exclusively on what folks, ages 65 and up, have accomplished - as non-professional artists. It's titled A Lifetime of Perspective: Art by Older Adults, and according to the program's coordinator, Kandy Hutman, who selected the pieces to be exhibited, visitors will be treated to a stunning array of prints, paintings, drawings, sculptures, jewelry, photography, wood and metal work, fabric art, and fine crafts.
 
This year, the exhibition's 16th season, the youngest participating artist is 65, the eldest 99—and that eldest person happens to be an exceptionally spry resident of Revitz House, Edith Bloom, above.
 
For Edith, art became a reawakened passion in the Revitz art program. She immigrated to the U.S. from Poland in 1935, married, and raised a family in Hartford, Connecticut. Drawn to the art world as a young student, she somehow never found time to cultivate her talents until 2004, when she moved to Revitz. Today, many of her detailed acrylic paintings — mostly of landscapes or objects found in nature — adorn the walls of her apartment and her family's homes.
 
Generous funding to support the exhibition of our residents' work is provided by the Ellen Gelman Special Exhibitions Fund of The Herman, Eve and Ellen Gelman Endowment Fund for the Arts at the Charles E. Smith Life Communities.

Campus residents whose art will be seen at the Goldman Gallery:

Revitz House
  • Ronnie Abrams
  • Edith Bloom
  • Jessie Brownstein
  • Julia Gavelek
  • Esther Greenberg
  • Michael I. Mendelson
  • Estelle Palman
  • Connie Reinwald
  • Miriam Rosen
  • Yelena Sadigurski
Hebrew Home
  • Kyung Bang
  • Zelda Clark
  • Gene Cohen
  • Miriam Daen
  • Teddy Deneroff
  • Carnell Hanna
  • Lida Moser
  • Roberta Saperstein
  • Maury Lasky
  • Thelma Roth
  • Paula Wolff
  • Laura Tranen
  • Ellinor Yedwab
Ring House
  • Sylvia Berkowitz
  • Ruth Boorstein
  • Anne Gordon
  • Rose Grossman
  • Pearl Krepchin
  • Celia Parker
  • Doris Shnider
  • Marilyn Simon
  • Al Stein
  • Edith Stein
  • Judith Stein
  • Katarina Szabo
 
The JCC art exhibit, chaired by Karen Kaplan, is made possible through the auspices of Deena and Jerome Kaplan in memory of Deena’s parents, Eve and David Berliant. It is underwritten by the Kaplan Family, the JCC’s Deena and Jerome A. Kaplan Fund for Senior Adult Programming, and the Berliant/Kaplan Fund of the Jewish Endowment Fund of the United Jewish Endowment Fund of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. There are 120 works. 
 
 
"I love the whole process and the joy of the opening reception when the grandchildren and children are the ones who get to say what a great job their loved ones have done. There are few things more moving than seeing them honor their grandparents and parents rather than the other way around."
 
 
~ Kandy Hutman, Program Coordinator, Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington 

 

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