They are teachers, farmers, veterans, homemakers, entrepreneurs and nurses, among many others. Some have resumed art after putting it aside for a career, others have been creating beautiful pieces throughout their lives, and others never picked up a brush until after they retired, but all are now expressing themselves through art.
These diverse lives intersect at Rolla Presbyterian Manor this month with the Art is Ageless® program, which reaffirms the agelessness of human creativity. Studies show seniors who are involved in the arts report better health, have more positive attitudes and are more active than those who are not.
“It’s inspiring to see the beautiful pieces these seniors have created,” said Marketing Director Joelle Freeland. “The joy it brings to them and others is wonderful, and that’s something we want to celebrate and share with the broader Rolla community.”
The Art is Ageless exhibit will feature works from local artists who are 65 and older, including a few Rolla Presbyterian Manor residents. The public is welcome to visit the community to view the exhibit of acrylics, oils, photography and various other mediums, including amateur and professional levels. The exhibit is open Feb. 23 to 26 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
In addition to the exhibit, Rolla Presbyterian Manor will honor local senior artists during a reception at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 26.
The Art is Ageless program has been encouraging creativity in seniors for more than 30 years and is sponsored by Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America, a nonprofit organization that owns and operates 18 senior living communities in Missouri and Kansas. Each year the organization publishes an Art is Ageless calendar, featuring works by senior artists. Proceeds from the sale of calendars are reinvested into new art programs and opportunities for PMMA residents.