Westminster at Lake Ridge Blog
Posted: Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Art exhibit showcases works from Ingleside family of retirement communities
Art benefits both the artist and the viewer. Recent research has shown that making art has both physical and psychological benefits. A groundbreaking study of art’s positive effects on health as we age found that, for both artists and art appreciators, art aids relaxation, reduces depression and anxiety, encourages playfulness, improves cognitive functions, increases self-esteem, nurtures spirituality, provides social opportunities and improves communication with others. In addition, art promotes active engagement in life in positive, fulfilling ways.
That is why Westminster at Lake Ridge, an Ingleside continuing care retirement community, encourages residents to pursue their artistic passions, and even to discover art talent they didn’t know they had.
The resident-led Art on Campus committee produces art shows that are displayed in the community’s gallery. The gallery has hosted shows consisting of watercolors, pen-and-ink drawings, acrylic and oil paintings, photography and fabric art created by residents and staff.
The current exhibit at the community is a little different. The show, titled “Three Sisters Traveling Art Exhibit,” features work from artists at all three Ingleside communities. Each community—Ingleside at Rock Creek and Ingleside at King Farm, in addition to Westminster at Lake Ridge—provided about 20 pieces of framed art for the show, which debuted in February. At the end of March, it will move to Ingleside at Rock Creek, in the heart of the District of Columbia, where it will be displayed for two months. It will then be packed up, shipped and hung at Ingleside at King Farm in Rockville, Maryland.
The traveling exhibit was the brainchild of an Art on Campus member, who suggested that Westminster at Lake Ridge get together with the other communities to celebrate the active, creative life that all three communities share.
“We talked to residents at the other communities,” says resident Helen, a member of the Westminster at Lake Ridge Resident Council. “They all liked the idea. This is our first joint effort, and it has worked out very well.”
The art committee members selected 20 works from previous shows at Westminster at Lake Ridge for the traveling show. They cover a variety of subjects and include a drawing by Helen of a rattan shop in Thailand. Descriptive tags accompany each work.
“When we put up the exhibit, we had a wine and cheese reception and invited people from our sister communities to come,” Helen says. “We were able to look at the pictures together, and then we had dinner here. We’ve gotten to know some of the people, and we hope to go to their places, too.”
Westminster at Lake Ridge offers residents a myriad of choices to create a vital, fulfilling lifestyle that includes lifelong learning, wellness and opportunities to feed the spirit. It shares with its sister communities a commitment to engaged living that attracts a diverse, accomplished and talented group of residents eager to make the most of their retirement life.
If you would like to learn more about Westminster at Lake Ridge and the Ingleside family of communities, please contact us at 703-436-8122 or request information here.