Art classes help se­niors

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Art classes in a re­tire­ment vil­lage are help­ing res­i­dents ad­dress so­cial iso­la­tion and re­dis­cover pas­sions.

The Mairangi Arts Cen­tre has been run­ning satel­lite art classes at a Aria Bay Re­tire­ment Vil­lage.

Among the re­tirees were both those who have painted be­fore and those who had not.

Res­i­dent Russell Simp­son had pre­vi­ously be­longed to an art class, about a decade ago, and said he sim­ply picked up where he left off.

‘‘We’ve largely been left to our own de­vices,’’ Simp­son said.

The classes had been made pos­si­ble by a grant from the

Hibis­cus and Bays Lo­cal Board, which cov­ered ma­te­ri­als.

Joy Libeau was new to art and said the class was a ‘‘won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity’’.

‘‘I’ve al­ways taken my kids to the art gallery and thought I might one day pick up a paint­brush. I didn’t know it would hap­pen.’’

Mairangi Arts Cen­tre gen­eral man­ager An­gela Suh hoped the pro­gramme would con­tinue and even act as pi­lot.

She said the classes acted as a way for peo­ple to ‘‘re­dis­cover their pas­sions’’ and ad­dress so­cial iso­la­tion.

The art will be ex­hib­ited at the rest home for friends and fam­ily on Novem­ber 15. Suh hoped it would also com­mem­o­rate the for­mer Aria Bay man­ager Pam Lan­nie, who died sud­denly last month.

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Two tu­tors from Mairangi Arts Cen­tre taught abouteith to 10 stu­dents per week.

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