News Release - December 16, 2009

Celebrating Art with Elders

For Immediate Release: December 16, 2009

Contacts: Michelle Jeffers (415) 557-4282 mjeffers@sfpl.org

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Celebrating Art with Elders

Exhibition of original artwork from ELDERGIVERS program on view at S.F. Main Library, Jan. 9-Feb. 28, 2010

A remarkable display of original art created by elders, most of whom only recently discovered their artistic talents, will be on view in the Jewett Gallery at the San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin St., from Jan. 9 to Feb. 28, 2010.

The participants in the gallery show reflect an ethnic and cultural mosaic of African American, Asian, Filipino, American Indian, Hispanic and Caucasian seniors, ranging in age from early 60s to 102 who have found fresh meaning in life and a new way of expressing themselves through the visual arts.

Celebrating Art with Elders showcases exquisite watercolors, acrylics, oil pastels, crayon, pen & ink and pencil drawings, and collages created by elders who reside in long-term care facilities around the Bay Area.

The show is sponsored by the Library, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and ELDERGIVERS, a nonprofit organization committed to reconnecting the isolated elderly with the community at large. ELDERGIVERS is now in its 18th year of offering art classes to seniors in residential facilities.

For many of the class participants, learning color theory, composition and perspective becomes a revelation. “I’d like to live to 100. I’m finally doing now what I should have done years ago,” said artist Charles Crookston, 80.

Related Programs:

Thursday at Noon Film Series: It’s Never Too Late to Paint

Jan. 7 The Cats of Mirikitani

Jan. 14 Chris & Don: A Love Story

Jan. 21 I Build the Tower

Jan. 28 Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine

Screenings at Noon, Koret Auditorium, Main Library

Creating Space for Creativity

Lillian Cartwright, Ph.D., will discuss the role that environment plays in nurturing creativity. Artist-instructors from the Art with Elders program will also discuss the artwork on view in the exhibition.

Jan 9 at 2 p.m. Koret Auditorium, Main Library

Creative Ways to Tell Your Life Story

Hands-on workshop by Hope Levy, Ph.D., will show samples of memoir projects, offer a brainstorming session and other activities. Bring pens, pencils and paper. Workshop is limited to 25 people. To register, call 415-355-5600. Jan. 21, 2 p.m., Richmond Branch Library, 351 9th Ave.

Better With Age: Screening of three documentary films on aging

A screening of the films Bella Bella, profiling Bay Area artist Bella Feldman, Shadow & Light, focusing on the art of Elaine Badgley, and Smitten, which tells the story of art collector Rene di Rosa, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Sheila Malkind of Legacy Films.

Feb. 20, 2 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library

All programs at the Library are Free. For more information, please call (415) 557-4277.

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