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One of the portraits in our exhibition

 

This week we exhibited a collection of stunning  portraits of some of our residents, drawn by young artist Anamaria Marzec-Smith. It was just wonderful to see how she had captured their personalities and many of the relatives came to admire the portraits. Some of the relatives decided to buy a portrait which certainly brought a smile to Anamaria’s face!

Two of the portraits in our exhibition

 

Our activities coordinator Alice put together a brief life history for each of the residents in the collection, and it was wonderful to be able to read about people’s lives while admiring the portraits. I found it to be an intensely personal experience. If art is about eliciting an emotional response then this exhibition certainly did that for me.

Part of the portrait exhibition in our quiet lounge

While the exhibition was well attended and received by staff, relatives and friends of the residents, the response from the community was perhaps a little disappointing. I guess many people are uncomfortable about stepping into a dementia care home – perhaps they expect to see a lot of suffering (they wont at Rose Lodge) or maybe they just dont know how they will respond. Whatever the reason, it would be great if we could let the wider community enjoy these portraits so we will see if we can display them at a more ‘neutral’ venue somewhere in Exmouth.

 

 

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