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Waltuch Gallery at Kaplen JCC Presents ‘Aging and Creativity’

(Courtesy of Kaplen JCC on the Palisades) The Kaplen JCC on the Palisades Waltuch Art Gallery presents “Aging and Creativity,” a special exhibition that showcases artwork created by senior adults who attend “The JCC Art Club,” a dynamic social group at the JCC geared for senior adults. The show will be on display June 2-28.

This must-see exhibit, for young and old alike, features paintings, photographs, prints, fiber arts, crafts and other imaginative works. The goal of this unique senior program is to encourage participants to experience growth and individualism through projects that provide them with a heightened sense of purpose. In many cases, they work collaboratively, where no one artist is the star, each adding their own individual “signature” to create a masterpiece. A mentor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art makes monthly visits to spark everyone’s creativity.

“Seniors thrive in this program,” says Judi Nahary, director of the JCC Senior Adult Center. “It is now well-established that creative, artistic activities not only help the brain resist decline, they actually improve quality of life. We see living proof of this every day as our participants engage in the activities we offer. There is a remarkable correlation between our clubs and the increased vitality and cognitive skills that our participants demonstrate, and this incredible show aptly illustrates what we are achieving.”

In addition to art and photography classes, other special-interest clubs include dance, cooking, gardening, sports, virtual travel, book discussions, edible art, bowling, nature, reminiscence and fitness. Participants also enjoy round-trip, door-to-door/arm-to-arm transportation in a handicapped accessible vehicle, a light breakfast and a delicious, hot, kosher lunch planned by a nutritionist. The trained staff includes a recreation therapist, program coordinator, social work supervisor and a corps of volunteers. “The Club” meets Monday-Friday in a safe and attractive facility for a full day of programs.

All gallery exhibits and receptions are free and open to the community, where JCC membership is not required. Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; closed Saturday and Jewish holidays.

For more information on gallery exhibitions, contact Nina Bachrach at 201-408-1406 or [email protected]. For more information on senior clubs and programs, contact Judi Nahary at 201-408-1450 or [email protected].

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