The artists of Arcare Kanwal had their finest works on show over a week in November, where their community hall became an art gallery.
The gallery featured the residents’ canvas paintings completed over the last few months.
Residents, family members and guests visited the gallery over the week, admiring the fine skills in their artworks.
Every fortnight art easels and paint brushes have been out for their highly anticipated painting sessions.
A very generous Hospital Art program provides residents new canvases with pre-drawn designs and art equipment.
The program has encouraged residents who may have never painted before to discover new talents and develop new skills.
‘We have doubled the number of residents in the activity and we now leave their canvases and paint out for them to work on over the weekend!’ said Lifestyle Coordinator Cristina.
‘We encourage self-directed activities like these and the team are always happy to help set it all up.’
Painting has a great impact on the well-being of residents.
‘I like to join in and do the painting because it is calming and relaxing,’ said resident Lynette Darby.
The exercise of painting itself can help residents maintain muscle elasticity.
Repetitive hand motions even in small movements can improve movements long term and assist their ADL’s (activities of daily Living) such as independently using utensils to eat and brush their teeth.
The gallery week was a great opportunity for residents to show off their work before deciding where it should go!
Whilst some will proudly hang it in their suites, others plan to give their artworks as gifts.
‘I wanted to finish this bear canvas painting, so I can give it to my grandson,’ Joan Chidgey.
There is no rest for these inspired artists, as they now prepare for the next lot of canvas designs.
We look forward to seeing their next Kanwal Gallery in 2019, with some new artists to debut!