Copeland Oaks celebrated the first day of spring with their Inaugural Assisted Living Art Show. Over 34 residents from assisted living submitted artwork to be displayed in Bennet Auditorium. There were many different pieces of art ranging from published poetry, painted rocks, quilts, and large oil paintings. Many guests came to appreciate the art, including other residents, staff and family members.

Trinette Jones, Director of Nursing for Assisted Living, explained, “We wanted to do the art show to showcase the vast amount of talent our assisted living residents have. We wanted to let the independent living residents know that life goes on as they go through the aging process.”

Creating art is just one small part of the activities assisted living residents at Copeland Oaks partake in. It is important that these residents are still given the opportunity to do the things they have always enjoyed. Many of the residents described art as a way to express themselves and gives them great pleasure. “Art makes the world brighter,” said contributing artist, Thelma Liebhart.

“The residents were honored to show all they have created in the past as well as recently. We learned a lot about many of the residents from their artwork and their stories about it. The residents were very proud,” added Trinette Jones.

Copeland Oaks will be hosting the 2019 LeadingAge Regional Art and Writing Show on June 12. LeadingAge Ohio is a nonprofit trade association that represents approximately 400 long-term care organizations and hospices, as well as those providing ancillary health care and housing services, in more than 150 Ohio towns and cities. All residents and clients of LeadingAge Ohio members are eligible to enter art into the show. Participants can choose from 16 art categories and 4 writing categories.