Community Art

The photography class has come to a close!

Now we have this lovely gallery to show for it.

Mixed Bag Update

Essentially this is a dump of art that I've been holding onto.

This is a photograph I took one morning.
"Sentenced to Snow"

During the last Create It Now! night, I made this collage.
"What's On Your Mind?"

 This is a digital collage I made for a collaborative calendar that you can buy here.

These are hot glue sculptures that I've been toying with.
"Brain Cap"

"Falling Organs"



Photography for the Geriatric 2

We are now 4 weeks into the program and have learned a lot as a group.
Many of the residents have great stories to tell about their old film cameras they used back in the day.
Others just enjoy trying something new and having fun.

We tried to focus on stories in this next batch.
After taking the pictures, we discussed various tales we could see in each image.
Many were able to come up with a few for each image.

Next we did a photo booth where they chose the lighting and the direction.
We wound up with some great shots thanks to their creativity and advice!

Next class we will be looking at physical prints and discussing the feelings and memories they evoke!

Photography for the Geriatric

I've started teaching photography at the assisted living home!
Two weeks in and this has already been a wonderful experience for both myself and the residents.

The hope is that they may start to develop new ways to create and maintain memories.
When I look at a photo I've created, my mind fills with memories of everything surrounding that moment.
The sweat on my brow, the conversation I had before the shoot, how embarrassed I was that my battery died, and even sifting through the photos to make a print.
The physicality of doing all these actions associated with creating a photograph really reinforce those memories in my mind when I look at the image in my hands.

So, perhaps these folks may be able to take away something from that.
Maybe they might even learn new ways to express themselves. Get in tough with feelings they've been repressing. Let us know what's really going on.
At the very least, it is a fun way to spend the afternoon.
Here are some of their photos.

Once the class is over, we will print their photos and create a gallery showing in the home along with a reception. 

BIG shout out to the Exeter Community Thrift Shop for their generous donations!
Without their help this class would not have been possible.
Please go visit them at: 96 Epping Rd, Exeter, NH 03833

Art Therapy At Assisted Senior Living Home

As of late I've had the opportunity to try out some art therapy at my local assisted living home. 
So far it's been going great, everyone is happy and having fun.
A lot of them have poor eye sight or other conditions that hinder them and leave them feeling rather useless.
But, I'm delighted to see individuals who claim to have no curiosity in life suddenly trying new things and asking for more.

Here are some examples of the progress we've made.

This set is from a painting to music. They wanted markers over paint. 

This is from "Fill In The Blanks" where the group was presented with half finished drawings and then asked to try to finish them. 

 These are some self portraits from their inner perspective using clay.

Really, I find it quite amazing just how much a little goes a long way.

Lots of updates coming your way!

I've been really busy going in a different direction with my art. 
My focus has been on conceptual, sculptural, and interactive art for the past several months.
I will be posting images very soon of all the different projects I'm working on.

Until then please take a look at a new community project that I've launched:

"Community Art Space"

This is the first of many public events I plan on hosting around New England.
The mission goal is to inspire artists of all skill levels to collaborate and celebrate a healthy community.
It's free, and hopefully you will leave with some great motivation and creative direction.

Please contact me if your interested in this kind of event in your area.