ART AWAKENS THE HEART
Artworks and conversations here are the original thoughts and creations by older adults who were part of Cape Ann Museum CAM Connections program in Gloucester, MA. Many of the participants never had an opportunity to explore their intuitive, emotional and visual responses to the arts. Art opened a door to articulate a vision or unlock a creative instinct. As spontaneous words, paintings, music and poems emerged during the visual experience, our individual and collective identities shone through. There was a kind of common ground we walked through the language of the arts.
Moved together by moments of awe, new found discovery & inspiration.
“Painting is pure expression- a preverbal language, the language of feeling we all started with..."
Chasing Matisse: A Year in France Living My Dream by James Morgan
Lila, living at Seacoast Nursing & Rehab Center, said this before a painting workshop,
"I am not a painter, but I want to express something from inside myself."
Lila then began to paint and said this: "I'm forgetting my worries. This makes me feel peaceful."
The opportunity to try out something new, explore a bit, grow and learn through that exploration, and be a maker of ideas or things- are essential to a meaningful life, a life well lived
Betty, Self Portrait