Art group a confidence boost
DESPITE some physical limitations, a dedicated group of art lovers gathers weekly at Stockland's North Lakes Retirement Village to share techniques and explore their artistic style.
Run by award-winning artist Janeen Fedrick, the group has been meeting for more than 14 years.
It's a place where lifelong friendships have been formed and people are encouraged to pursue their passion.
Members also help residents with physical limitations who still want to participate.
"I think it's really important to create an inclusive environment where we all feel like we can share and learn from one another without judgment," Mrs Fedrick said.
Elaine Johnson said for her and a couple of others, one of the key aspects was that the art group enabled them to work within their means.
"I have mobility issues, so my husband takes photos and I use them as inspiration for my art,'' Ms Johnson said.
"To me, art is a way of creatively expressing yourself.
"I also love that I can meet with friends every week to chat and socialise while we all work on doing something we love."
Gloria Pritchard, another resident at North Lakes, valued the art group and said her style and ability would evolve over time.
"I have certain limitations with my arthritis, so know that I will need to change and adapt the way that I paint and draw,'' Ms Pritchard said.
"It's comforting knowing that I can do this alongside some of my friends at the village, who some are also having similar experiences.''
North Lakes resident Julia Holston said the art group provided valuable help to explore her style and develop her confidence.
Organised exclusively for residents at North Lakes Retirement Village, the annual art November exhibition is a highlight of their calendar.
Art group members can submit up to three pieces of original art for the exhibition, and at least one must be available to buy. A recent show had three works bought and many others displayed in the main area of the village for residents to enjoy all year.
Mrs Fedrick said for her, the best part of the art exhibition was spending the time with friends at a wonderful afternoon tea while listening to music, surrounded by unique art.