Cre­ative pur­suits en­rich the ag­ing ex­pe­ri­ence

Cre­ative pur­suits en­rich the ag­ing ex­pe­ri­ence

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Res­i­dents of Ken­dal-Cross­lands Com­mu­ni­ties in Ken­nett Square re­flect about the im­por­tance of art.

Res­i­dents of Ken­dal—Cross­lands Com­mu­ni­ties, a con­tin­u­ing care re­tire­ment com­mu­nity lo­cated in Ken­nett Square, re­flect about the im­por­tance of art and how it has trans­formed their ex­pe­ri­ence of ag­ing. Many res­i­dents at the com­mu­nity are very artis­tic us­ing var­i­ous forms of ex­pres­sion such as but not lim­ited to paint­ing, pot­tery, sculpt­ing, weav­ing, etc. and for Judy, Dave, Ge­orge, and Bon­nie, they share their thoughts specif­i­cally about their craft.

Judy Czeiner: Pho­tog­ra­phy

Shortly af­ter I re­tired, I had the chance to travel to Costa Rica on a trip de­signed to teach pho­tog­ra­phy. I found that I liked tak­ing pic­tures even though there was a lot to learn. To­day I am a vol­un­teer pho­tog­ra­pher for Long­wood Gar­dens, and do the pho­tog­ra­phy for the Ken­dal-Cross­lands Ar­bore­tum, as well as per­sonal pho­tog­ra­phy. At Ken­dal, we pho­tog­ra­phers meet weekly to dis­cuss our im­ages, learn­ing new tech­niques and gain­ing en­cour­age­ment and in­sight from these ses­sions. When I walk the Ar­bore­tum pho­tograph­ing the 200 of­fi­cially des­ig­nated trees, I com­bine ex­er­cise and the search of the per­fect image — great way to ex­er­cise! Imag­ine — a whole new ex­per­tise de­vel­oped at this stage of life!

David Feldman: Pot­tery

In re­tire­ment I’ve been able to en­joy many new ex­pe­ri­ences and do­ing pot­tery has been es­pe­cially sat­is­fy­ing. The pot­ters group has sev­eral re­tired pro­fes­sional pot­ters who will­ingly share what they know. Thanks to their en­cour­age­ment my skills have im­proved enor­mously. And I’ve formed many friend­ships — peo­ple who come to weekly meet­ings and also drop in to work and just talk. Our stu­dio is self-sup­port­ing. We don’t re­quire funds from the res­i­dent as­so­ci­a­tion be­cause our an­nual hol­i­day sale cov­ers the cost of our sup­plies. It was a real kick for me the first time peo­ple ac­tu­ally bought pieces I’d made — not to men­tion the plea­sure in know­ing my work was help­ing to sup­port the stu­dio and is be­ing used in peo­ple’s din­ing rooms

Bon­nie Mar­cus: Jew­elry Making

Jew­elry making is an art I can do in front of the TV or I can do it with a com­mu­nity of fel­low ar­ti­sans. The con­ve­nience, the ca­ma­raderie, the learn­ing — it’s all trans­form­ing how I ex­pe­ri­ence life at the com­mu­nity. Work­ing this way has given me the in­cen­tive to try other crafts: lap­idary and glass torch work. My fel­low crafters are sup­port­ive; we be­long to the same so­ci­eties, we at­tend con­fer­ences and shows to­gether and we learn from each other in or­der to fine tune our craft. It has been a great ad­di­tion to my re­tire­ment life

Ge­orge Gille­spie: Wood­work­ing

I learned the hard way, not to har­vest storm dam­aged logs in our woods and try to make fur­ni­ture. Use kiln dried ma­te­ri­als. With help from knowl­edge­able fel­low shop work­ers and ac­cess to a shop with ex­cel­lent power tools, my qual­ity of work has greatly im­proved. Shop work­ers also pro­vide re­pairs for both res­i­dents and the cor­po­ra­tion in­clud­ing bro­ken chairs, ta­bles, can­ing and elec­tric lamps. You name it. It’s phys­i­cal, it’s move­ment and it also helps oth­ers.

Bon­nie Mar­cus

Ge­orge Gille­spie

PHOTOS BY SCOTT ROWAN

Judy Czeiner

David Feldman

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