On a recent afternoon at Lucy Corr Village, a crowd gathered to view art works in oils, fabric, wood and other mediums, all with a common theme: Heart.
In February, as part of Lucy Corr Village’s 40th Anniversary celebration, the Arts Committee launched the Heart Art Project, according to information from Bonnie L. Meyers. Local artists and craftsmen were invited to create original pieces of art with a heart theme, and nearly 40 entries were received.
A reception for the artists who participated in the program was held on Friday, June 11, after the works were judged.
The grand prize of $150 went to Paulette Nesbitt for Side by Side, an acrylic on yupo. The blue ribbon and $100 went to Kelly Adams for Reminders of God’s Love, and the most creative award and $100 went to Christine Lucas for Best Friends. Honorable mentions went to Beth Spencer for Hearts on a Chain and Carol Ray for Miss Lucy’s Garden.
Ann Erbes submitted two works – both in fabric – to the Heart Art Project.
“I love working with fabric, and you just to look for just the right fabric,” she said. “You look at the fabric and let the fabric tell you what it wants.”
At the reception, Midge Marable, chairwoman of the Arts Committee, said the panel works to bring art into Lucy Corr Village for the residents. A fine artist displays his or her work every month, she said, and student art is also displayed in the community.
Meyers said the artists, who donated their works to the project, were “so generous.” Organizers were very pleased with the response to the invitation to artists.
“It was basically an outpouring of love from the community,” she said.
Some of the Heart Art Project works will be auctioned at the Lucy Corr Foundation’s Anniversary Gala Casino Night on Oct. 23, and proceeds will benefit Miss Lucy’s Wellness Garden. The garden, which will serve the residents and their families, will include a gazebo, a water feature, an open area for children to play and a meditation garden and wall, as well as speakers and security cameras, Marable said.
“Right now, all they have is the parking lot for their wheelchairs,” she said, but the paths in the garden will accommodate wheelchairs. “I think the families would use it [the garden] a lot.”
Paula Burton, a member of the Arts Committee, said the works would be displayed at Lucy Corr Village and Springdale, as well as at some local businesses. Having art in the community is a good thing, she said.
“It just motivates them, because they can look at the colors and styles,” she said. “It brightens up their home, since this is their home.”