Gallery 9, located at 45 Central Street in Norwood will host Mural of Memories, a visual and verbal exhibit created by elderly and disabled clients attending Norfolk Adult Day Health Center in Norwood. The work will be exhibited from November 20 through November 27, 2012. The Gallery is open Monday 11-4, Tuesday 11-6, Wednesday 11-8, Thursday and Friday from 11-6 and Saturday 10-4. Questions? Call Gallery 9 at 781-762-3300.
The creation of this heartfelt body of work was made possible by partial funding through a grant from the Norwood Cultural Council, an agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Julie Vecchio, owner of Gallery 9 explains that “as a community partner I am happy to host this innovative exhibit which demonstrates the creative potential that continues to be so alive within elders and disabled adults.“
To learn more about the art project please call Karole Nicholson at 774-203-1303. Nicholson is Community Outreach Manager for Community Health Systems in Attleboro, the parent company of Norfolk Adult Day Health Center.
In discussing the format of the project, Nicholson identified that the project began by conducting one on one interviews with our project participants who are clients in the Adult Day Health program of Community VNA. The clients were asked to choose a specific topic, such as a beloved pet, a memorable vacation or a favorite flower. The interviewer transcribed each remembrance into a ‘short story’ about one favorite memory.
Next, each participant was encouraged to share that favorite memory in a visual manner, by creating a watercolor painting depicting their story. Once the paintings were complete, they were scanned and incorporated into a profile which included a photo of the artist, their memory story and the scanned version of their original painting.
For many clients, this was a chance to revisit fond memories and share a slice of their past life with their new friends. For their families and the observers of this exhibit, it is an opportunity to admire the creativity that can be found within each individual and to recognize that life continues to be rich through the celebration of quiet, meaningful memories.
The Adult Day Health program of Community VNA is committed to providing quality medical care and supportive assistance to every client at our two centers located in Mansfield and in Norwood. Through projects like Mural of Memories, we strive to help individuals reconnect with old interests, strengthen links to current activities and explore the potential of new experiences as ways to reaffirm and enhance the quality of life.