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Resident artists in the spotlight

02 January 2020

Visual arts activities are a popular pastime at many St Vincent's Care Services facilities, with participants ranging from those who have spent a lifetime in front of an easel or sketchbook, and others who had never before picked up a paintbrush.

Art activities are a staple at many aged care facilities, due to the high enjoyment by residents, and also the increasing evidence that creative activities have a huge positive effect on health and wellbeing in the elderly. 

For some St Vincent's artists, the products of their relaxing leisure time have been selected for a wider audience, with paintings and illustrations being turned into greeting cards. 

In addition to St Vincent's Care Services' annual Christmas Card fundraising initiative, where each pack of cards features artwork by residents from different facilities, two more resident-created artworks have been selected for use for birthday and sympathy cards to be given to residents and families.

Edna O'Neill's serene painting of a bayside landscape has been selected as the artwork for the sympathy card, while Barbara Thane's beautiful still life depiction of a floral arrangement is the artwork for the birthday card.