When many people think of retirement communities, they picture knitting needles and rocking chairs. At the Samarkand, however, it is far from the expected. Artists and staff living or working within this nonprofit faith-based retirement community are encouraged to express their creativity with watercolor, oils, acrylics, pastels, photography, pen and ink, pencil sketches, charcoal, and even sculpture!
Every year, the Samarkand hosts a Spring Art Show displaying the artworks by both seasoned professionals and beginners within the retirement community. “Our residents are a creative and talented group,” says Jennifer Leggett, The Samarkand’s resident life director. “Even those who don’t consider themselves artists find they have an inner artist. Our residents prove you’re never too old to learn, create, or try something new.”
This year, the exhibit features 150 art pieces of two- and three-dimensional creations, and the signature promotional piece is entitled, “Catch of the Day,” created by resident artists Tom Ginn and Roger Bradfield.
This free exhibit continues from Friday, May 12, through Monday, May 15 in the Mountain Room (2550 Treasure Dr.) and is open for viewing on Friday from 10 a.m.- 5:30 p.m., and Saturday-Monday 10 a.m-4 p.m.