While I was in Edmonton getting ready for my show and workshop at the Paint Spot. I visited my niece who is the activities co-ordinator at Churchill Manor, a high end retirement facility. She asked me to do a demo for the residents and being a natural ham I accepted. It was absolutely impromptu. I just love ‘performing’ in front of a group like this that is just looking for some pleasant diversion in their day though some had actually done some art in their time. Since it was so low key I decided I would get them involved by demonstrating a simple way to do a figure and then cajoling people into coming up and giving it a try. It turned out to be completely fun activity. There was much chatter and laughter and I think everyone had a good time. By the end of the demo the number of residents watching was equal to what they often get for a performing entertainer so I felt good about that. Here are some shots from the event.
I think that probably the most important take away from this event, even more important than the feeling of a job well done is the sense of using my abilities to help other people. This facility is very nice, comfortable and well equipped but I feel that most people at this time of life are looking to be acknowledged and this was a very positive opportunity to have some fun and celebrate the people who participated.