Web posted Thursday, April 4, 2002

Elders enjoy art program Dear Editor,

For the second year, the Homer Foundation has awarded Homer Senior Citizens Inc. a grant to continue to conduct art activities for the residents of Friendship Terrace. Many of our residents have enjoyed this opportunity to come together for a weekly exploration in art. While many "artist in residence" programs exist for youngsters, similar programs for seniors are rare.

Over the course of the year we learned mask making with Gail Baker, watercolors with Leslie Klaar, "shrinky-dink" art with Linda Richardson, stamp art with Pamela Williams and modeling clay sculpture with Brad Hughes. Under Brad Hughes' guidance, the residents also created an outstanding, lifelike collaborative sculpture of horned puffins <> mostly out of recycled paper! We are currently exploring decoupage, using colorful tissue paper to create a tropical mural.

We thank the foundation for recognizing that the enjoyment and expression of art is important at all stages of life. The Bunnell Street Gallery and the Homer Council on the Arts have also supported our project. We invite the community to visit the Friendship Terrace to see the creative efforts of our seniors. Our class meets at 2 p.m. on Sundays.

Betsy Pitzman, activities coordinator Friendship Terrace