On January 14, 2016, the 5th annual resident only art show, “Sip and Stroll”, took place in the North Auditorium. More than 45 painting, drawings, lithographs and photographs were on display for the community to enjoy. The featured item, a 23-foot Chinese scroll, had never been seen in its entirety by its owner Steve Brown. The display allowed viewers to enjoy all 23 feet of the epic tale captured in the scroll.
Some of the art was created by residents of Eskaton Village Carmichael while other pieces were from the residents’ personal collections. Marilyn Thomas showed an oil painting she created with a pallet knife. Paddy Shende displayed a water color he painted in 2003.
An image by famous Native American painter, Jerome Tiger (deceased), was on loan from Adele Graham’s collection.
“It brings the community together under the guise of appreciation,” said art lover Carolyn Marmaduke, who spent 17 years as a volunteer art docent at the Crocker Art Museum. Carolyn, a 9 year resident, dreamt up the idea when she noticed the number of residents with beautiful art hanging on their walls.
“Carolyn came up with the idea five years ago,” said Adele, this year’s chair of the Arts and Crafts Appreciation Committee. About a dozen residents participate in this committee to organize the art show each year.
The committee also coordinates the dining room art show, the gallery hall and the memorial gallery in the C Wing at the Village.
Adele Graham began creating art after she retired as a special education teacher with the San Juan School District. About 8 years ago she began taking classes with artist Jan Miskulin of Sacramento. Adele has a passion for acrylic painting and she loves abstracts and Sumi-e, the Asian art of black ink painting. Adele enlisted Jan to curate this year’s art show. The art work was grouped by people, landscapes and history. Many pieces had a special story written by its owner.
Adele teaches drawing to Village residents two times a month in the studio at the community. All residents are encouraged to get involved with art either as an artist or art lover. “You are never too old to learn,” said Adele.