By Judie Holcomb-Pack
When creative seniors get together, nothing stops them from expressing their passions. This is the experience of what began more than a decade ago as the “adult coloring” group at the Shepherd’s Center. As Vital Living Program assistant Fay Bustos explained, “This year the band changed their name to ‘Artistic Expressions’ because they started doing more than coloring.
The group meets every Wednesday afternoon from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the upper level of the Shepherd’s Center. This is a drop-in group that costs nothing to participate, just bring your art project and join. Some people still color, and there are plenty of coloring books, crayons, and markers available. Others work on drawing, painting, woodworking, cross-stitching, knitting and other creative art projects.
Fay said even the pandemic couldn’t stop this group from continuing their creative endeavors! When the Shepherd’s Center closed to members and visitors, the Artistic Expressions group gathered in the parking lots, staying in their cars and rolling down their windows, continuing to work on their crafts while having conversations with each other. . They never missed a beat! As one member said, “This class has been a ray of sunshine thanks to COVID.”
Another member, Ranada, said she attended because “it’s such a welcoming group.” She suggested that for anyone new to the Shepherd’s Center, artistic expressions are the best way to feel comfortable and get to know the people and all the programs that are offered.
On the day of my visit, several members were happily working on their projects, talking and laughing. Linda Covington announced, “This is our therapy group class.” They have 12-15 regular attendees with more coming as they can.
Amelia Johnson mentioned that she took art classes at the Shepherd’s Center which took place in Sawtooth. She really enjoyed the art classes and hopes there will be more classes offered in the future.
Jim Zimmer, looking at all of the images and artwork the group has created over the years, suggested that they hold an art exhibit to showcase some of their work. They were all there and it wasn’t long before the group had collected over 100 items to show. Zimmer came up with the name and designed the band’s distinctive logo.
It’s now official: the first art exhibition of artistic expressions located on the upper level of the Shepherd’s Center will be on view until April 29th. The Shepherd’s Center is located at 1700 Ebert Street and you can park in the upper lot and walk through the gates. at this level. Art is displayed in the lobby, in the hallway, and on the walls of the room where the group gathers. You can expect to see watercolour, woodburning, acrylic painting, colouring, crochet and knitting, colored pencil drawings, poetry and much more. Some of the artwork is for sale with a portion of the proceeds going to the Shepherd’s Center.
Artistic Expressions welcomes new members. See you any Wednesday between 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. and have fun! For more information, visit www.shepherdscenter.org.