The residents from Interior Health’s Dr. Andrew Pavilion in Summerland have had some of their paintings chosen for display at the new Interior Health Community Health Services Centre in Kelowna. The painting group has been meeting weekly for over a year.
Painting in a supportive group provides the residents with relaxation, socialization, opportunities for creative expression, recognition from others and a sense of purpose.
The staff adapts the program for each resident, helping them to overcome any barriers that hinder their creativity. The artists featured in this collection had not painted prior to moving in to Dr. Andrew Pavilion.
The top painting in the collection, In Flanders Fields, has been painted by Marion Kean, age 89. Kean, who died Jan. 16, was a long time and well known Summerland resident.
The middle painting, Mount Agur, has been painted by May Rogers, age 94.
The bottom painting, Fire and Ice, is an abstract painting by Mary McDonald, age 98. This collection of paintings reflects community and belonging, achievements and inclusivity.