Artistic Ability On Display

A group of senior citizens recently showcased their hidden talents. An exhibit at North Central College brought out the inner-artists in 28 residents from the Monarch Landing senior living community.

They brought abstract paintings, sculptures, and other masterpieces to the Schoenherr Gallery inside the Wentz Concert Hall. Long-time Naperville residents Henry and Evelyn Kammenzind brought their latest cross-stitching work to the exhibit.

“I just hope people like it [and] appreciate all the work that goes into doing it,” said Kammenzind.

That piece was one of 40. Other projects include a penguin made out of a recycled car bumper, a two-faced statue, and abstract paintings. Though each project’s unique, their creators share that same passion for art.

“It’s creative, it’s something to do and it’s enjoyable,” said Ray Nehrus. “You enjoy putting colors down on paper and it materializes into something that you hope is going to be beautiful.”

“Oh you lose yourself in it [the art],” said Maxine Butcher. “And I love the competition, or I should say, the variety of art that you get in this room. Everybody is talented in many ways and I think anybody can be an artist.”
This is the first year for the exhibit. Monarch Landing staff say it provides a great outlet for retired residents to showcase their talent.

”When you go through retirement years, it’s a known fact that when you have things that keep you engaged socially, physically, mentally, you have a better chance of living longer, healthier lives,” said Greg Mrumlinsky, Director of Sales and Marketing for Monarch Landing.

Staff at Monarch Landing are already expecting to make the exhibit an annual event, hoping next year’s gallery to be even bigger and better.

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