Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Waltuch Gallery at Kaplen JCC on the Palisades Presents “Aging and Creativity—Artistic Inspirations by JCC Senior Adults”

Aging and Creativity
a special exhibition showcasing artwork created by senior adults who attend The Club, a dynamic social group at the JCC geared for senior adults

WHEN: June 2-28. Gallery hours are Monday – Thursday, 9 am - 10 pm; Friday and Sunday, 9 am – 6 pm; closed Saturday and Jewish holidays.
Kaplen JCC on the Palisades Waltuch Art Gallery, 411 Clinton Ave., Tenafly
ADMISSION: free and open to the community
For more information on gallery exhibitions, contact Nina Bachrach at 201.408.1406 or nbachrach@jccotp.org. For more information on senior clubs and programs, contact Judi Nahary 201.408.1450 or jnahary@jccotp.org.

This must-see exhibit, for young and old alike, features paintings, photographs, prints, fiber arts, crafts and other imaginative works created by senior adults who attend the JCC Art Club for seniors. The goal of this unique senior program is to encourage participants to experience growth and individualism through projects that provide them with a heightened sense of purpose. In many cases, they work collaboratively, where no one artist is the star, each adding their own individual “signature” to create a masterpiece. A mentor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art makes monthly visits to spark everyone’s creativity.

“Seniors thrive in this program,” says Judi Nahary, Director of the JCC Senior Adult Center. “It is now well established that creative, artistic activities not only help the brain resist decline but they actually improve quality of life. We see living proof of this every day as our participants engage in the activities we offer. There is a remarkable correlation between our clubs and the increased vitality and cognitive skills that our participants demonstrate, and this incredible show aptly illustrates what we are achieving.”

In addition to art and photography classes, the special interest clubs include dance, cooking, gardening, sports, virtual travel, book discussions, edible art, bowling, nature, reminiscence and fitness. Participants also enjoy round-trip, door-to-door/ arm-to-arm transportation in a handicapped accessible vehicle, a light breakfast and a delicious, hot, kosher lunch planned by a nutritionist. The trained staff includes a recreation therapist, program coordinator, social work supervisor and a corps of volunteers. The Club meets from Monday-Friday in a safe, and attractive facility for a full day of programs.