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Awakening the Artist Within

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Over the last year, elder adults at the Windsor Senior Center have been inspired to devote their time and energy to create some really wonderful works of art.  A local artist, Christine MacClintic, is on board to coach, guide and encourage.  But it's obvious that the motivation and focus displayed by these emerging artists doesn't need to be stimulated by Christine.  They are totally involved in the creative process.

Strains of a Fleetwood Mac song play over the stereo, and the vibe in the art room is relaxed and comfortable.  A friendly group of men and women sit around a u-shape table, creating their own interpretations of the sample image provided by Christine.  The mix of colors is stunning and impressive.

A sign at the entrance answers the question, 'Why Is Art Good for You?'  In colorful text, we are reminded that art....

  • Awakens the senses
  • Feeds the imagination
  • Stimulates the brain
  • Teaches problem solving
  • Promotes self-esteem
  • Gives visual validation
  • Opens doors to colors
  • Provides a break from life
  • Gives personal fulfillment

Artistic pursuits have always been recognized as positive and healthy ways to enhance well-being and satisfaction across all generations.  The value of exercising the creative process is not just for a select few.  We all are creative in some way.  One of the Art Program participants shares how much she enjoys these sessions.  "I really didn't think I could paint, but I'm finding that what I've created is really very nice.  I continue to be surprised, and pleased."

Rebecca Joyce, Senior Services Coordinator,  feels that the Art Program has been a success, and represents the Center's desire to expand the creative services that they offer.  According to Rebecca, "The financial support of Homewatch CareGivers has been appreciated, and really helps us to continue to offer this type of activity on a regular basis."

360 Federal Credit Union in Windsor will feature an art exhibit of these paintings, during a Chamber of Commerce event on September 15, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.  There is $5 entrance fee for non-members of the Chamber.  Contact the Windsor Senior Center for more information, at 860-285-1992, or visit their website at http://www.townofwindsorct.com/seniorservices/.

Local artist and teacher, Christine MacClintic's on-line galleries can be viewed at http://christinemacclintic.com/

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