2002-05-11 / Community

Art Therapy Sessions Held

Art Therapy Sessions Held

There is a new group of older' artists emerging in Belle Harbor. At BelleHarbor Manor (of the Sages), twice a month on a Thursday morning, Julia Aneshansley, an Expressive Therapist works with eight residents. Of these, about three alternates attend each week and five are regulars. These sessions are for Art Therapy.

If you were there you would see eight residents sitting around a long rectangular table discussing the object they will be painting. Julie asks, "What colors do you see in the flowers?" "Are there shadows?" Today she bought violets. Each resident is given a few violets, paper and pencil and after working on a simple sketch Julia begins to mix the paint. During this time she is encouraging, asking and discussing, with the residents what they are doing.

On a nearby easel Julia draws two large violets, so the residents can see them. "Look at the centers," she says. Someone calls out in excited discovery, "I see lines, I see greenish white." After 45 minutes every resident has a painting. Each one is hung up. Most residents are amazed and proud at this new part of themselves. In fact Bel Harbor Manor, with the help of the Director of Mr. Friedman, is planning an art show in June. Date and time to be announced.

One thing that would greatly benefit these residents is a volunteer. What they need is some person who would enjoy working with the feeble old and has two loving hands. This will help give the time necessary for more individual attention. No art experience is necessary. This would be on two Thursdays a month, one hour and fifteen minutes each session. If you are interested please call Julia Aneshansley at 718-258-2490 or Joyce/Bel Harbor Manor at 718-945-6600.

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