2017 Campus Artists

2017 Campus Artists

Mimi Ratner

2017 Mimi Krasner JCC ArtShowRevitz House resident Mimi Ratner loves to create. "The artist is in me," she explains, holding one of her favorite paintings, Blue City Scape. When asked to describe this captivating image, she says that it started out as a street scene in Alexandria, Virginia. She then used her imagination to add in the bridge and flowing body of water. After experimenting with different colors, she finally decided to sweep the canvas with shades of blue, producing a bold and unifying sense of drama. 

Mimi is one of 30 residents across campus whose artwork was selected for A Lifetime of Perspective: Art by Older Adults, an exhibit opening April 23 at the Bender JCC of Greater Washington. According to Kandy Hutman, the program's coordinator, "this is the 19th anniversary of an exhibition of works by senior adults featuring paintings, photography, sculpture, crafts, and jewelry."

Special thanks go to Lee Hall and Deborah Rittenhouse, the wonderful art instructors at the Hebrew Home and Revitz House and Ring House and Landow House, respectively, who provided encouragement, support, and outstanding guidance to those residents in their art classes whose works will appear in the show.

This year there are ten contributing artists from the Hebrew Home, ten from Revitz House, and ten from Ring House. CESLC has "the distinction of having the oldest and the youngest artist in the show," Hutman says, adding, "That's pretty cool, huh!"

Mimi Ratner has resided at Revitz House for the past seven years. At 65, she says that her passion for creating artwork was already developed by the time she reached kindergarten. It remained a strong interest throughout her school years, continuing on even into college. "I just keep getting better and better," she admits, with a hint of pride.

In addition to taking two art classes offered at Revitz, Mimi sings in the Revitz Chorus, dances and acts when she has the opportunity, attends yoga and exercise classes, goes on many trips organized by Revitz staff, and for years has volunteered in the Home's Medical Records Department. A woman of exceptional vitality and warmth, we are thrilled that visitors to the Bender JCC art show will have a chance to see and appreciate what she can accomplish with paints and brushes.                                                                 


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