Approximately 100 people attended the Art Show and Sale at the Islay Care Centre on March 29, which raised $2,000 towards to Islay Comfort Fund.
Auctioneer Bruce Brock assisted in selling paintings, coasters, acrylic slides, etc. made by the residents. A door prize and silent auction were also held, and guests enjoyed visiting and refreshments throughout the afternoon. Three hundred dollars was donated by the Marwayne Legion.
“The program we offer called ‘Art and Poetry’ is a form of expressive therapy that allows the residents an opportunity to express and understand their emotions. They get to be creative with their pictures in a number of different styles. This has been an ongoing project for a year now that Carolyn has facilitated and it has strong attendance and participation. By adding a poem to their picture it allows the residents an opportunity to reflect upon their inner selves. It enables them to tap into a place they’ve never been before and we receive very positive feedback.
Lots of hard work and help was put into this event. A special thank you to Donna Watt, Dawn Franklin, and Bonnie Loewen, for donating art of their own for the silent auction; as well as the tile coasters created by the residents that Dawn facilitated. Thank you to Deanna Bendixon, her husband, son Anthony, and her mom and dad for all their help today and over the last few days, prepping/making food and getting frames ready. Thank you to all of the staff for helping out during the day of, and leading up to the event; the residents for painting and donating their pictures. Thank you to Carolyn for all her hard work in organizing this entire event and bringing her creative mind and artistic passion to work each and every day, and thank you to all who attended!” said Recreation Therapist, Chelsey Konieczny.
Therapy Assistant, Carolyn McKinnon loves working with the residents on the program, and said that it allows them to live in the moment.
Sherry Bower- Gagne, Client Services Coordinator for the Parkinson Association of Alberta said, “We are so thankful for what you have done, Seeing the artwork was so powerful to me.”