Eight Twin Fountains Home residents will soon cross off a major item on their bucket lists, for their artwork is slated to be featured at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta on Sunday, April 9.
They are Mattie Stinchcomb, Brenda Register, Nancy Jones, Charlotte McClendon, Jeanie Walker, Gary Jenkins, Bonnie O’Brien and Jackie White.
“I’m so proud of them it brings tears to my eyes,” said Andria Powell, TFH activities coordinator. “They are really looking forward to representing Twin Fountains.”
They will be part of the museum’s “Second Sunday” program, a time when all visitors receive free admission to see special family-friendly programming. The average attendance for Second Sundays is 3,000 to 5,000 visitors. Their art debut came about when Powell called the High Museum, told them about TFH’s monthly art gathering and asked if displaying their work was a possibility.
According to Nicole Cromartie, the High Museum’s manager of family programs, featuring art from nursing home residents hadn’t been done at least in the two years she has served there.
“When I got the call from Twin Fountains, I thought, ‘Well, why not?’” she said. “We’re always trying to think of programs that will appeal to families and to different ages groups, from toddlers to older adults. We thought it was a great idea because their art certainly fit into our programming.”
Along with Powell, the eight artists meet monthly to work on a group painting. Along with TFH team members, they will travel to Atlanta to the art showing to interact with visitors and answer questions.