News from Magnolia @ 9th: Collage, Mixed Media, & Watercolors

From Magnolia at 9th Senior Apartments in San Bernardino:

Art with Matt instructor Matthew McMillon leads both beginner and advanced artists in learning about different techniques and mediums while exploring and discovering their own creative potential.

Projects:

  • Collage
  • Mixed-Media Art-Making Materials and Methodologies
  • Watercolor painting with wax resist techniques

Instructor’s Notes: My students really enjoyed moving into the watercolor painting with wax resist lesson. Some of the students were particularly engaged and focused on this project. Furthermore, students seemed to enjoy looking for reference images for the artworks and utilizing the aforementioned images to help build the figurative elements of their work. I’m really proud of this class because they have each started to build individual styles and have a deep commitment to their work. Each student is driven to come to class, apply effort and enjoy themselves, which is great!

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~ Alma Wright, Regional Programs Director

EngAGE offers a variety of classes, workshops, and special programs at each of our communities. These posts highlight just a small sample.

 

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Experience Talks: On Hiatus for the KPFK-FM Summer Fund Drive

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01 - KPFK ListenLiveButtonTune in to Experience Talks, our weekly “Radio Magazine for the Experienced Listener,” on Sundays at 5:00 PM PT on KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles, 98.7 FM Santa Barbara, 99.5 China Lake, 93.7 N. San Diego, streaming live online, and now syndicated on up to 100 Pacifica Network stations! Experience Talks is produced by the non-profit EngAGE, Inc.

 

PODCASTMiss the show? You can always hear it as a podcast on the Listen Page of our website! You’ll also find an archive-in-progress of all of our previous shows there for you to enjoy. New shows are usually posted within 48 hours after broadcast

 


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JUNE 26 through JULY 17 – Experience Talks will be on hiatus for the KPFK-FM Summer Fund Drive. You can show some love for the only radio station powered by the people by donating here. You can also support KPFK by buying merchandise in their Zazzle Store.

Remember: more donations = fewer Fund Drives! Thank you.

 

 

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Profiles: Michael Caine

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“Profiles” is a new EngAGE Blog category devoted to occasional posts about older people who have made a significant creative impact in our world. Today’s subject: MICHAEL CAINE

 

 

 

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News from Portofino: Art Class

At Portofino Villas in Pomona, Art with Matt is a dynamic class introducing residents to an array of art techniques and media while encouraging their own creative potential.

Projects:

  • Exploring watercolor and mixed media.
  • Chinese Sumi Ink Painting and collage.
  • Monoprinting: a form of printmaking in which students ink plates with brayers, create designs, and then run editions of their designs.

Instructor Matt McMillon notes: My students seemed very excited to be making art. All have been eager to learn and are very pleasant to work with. Each week I asked students what they wanted to work on and tailored my lesson plans around their interests. What made me most proud was when my students took their work with them and stated that they were going to display it in their homes. There were several students who had no prior experience making art and genuinely seemed to enjoy themselves in class. That also made me proud. Watching the artistic development of returning students is highly rewarding.

Watercolors, Chinese Sumi Ink paintings, and Monoprints!

Watercolors, Chinese Sumi Ink paintings, and Monoprints!

~ Alma Wright, Regional Programs Director

EngAGE offers a variety of classes, workshops, and special programs at each
of our communities. These posts highlight just a small sample.

 

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News from Magnolia@9th: Gardening

Summer’s underway at Magnolia at 9th Senior Apartments in San Bernardino!

Gardening Club: A community garden has been formed with the purpose of growing herbs, fruits, and vegetables to share among the residents. They are learning how to grow specific plants according to the season, and will eventually learn to prepare delicious, healthy dishes using their harvests. RPD Alma Wright: “I have visited the garden twice this month. The first day, I delivered soil and trellises; the other, I delivered a new plants: parsley, chives, tomatoes, onions, and lettuce, to name a few.  Resident Sandra absolutely enjoys this garden, and always keeps me informed of her neighbors’ wish lists. I try my best to provide whatever is needed. The Gardening Club works diligently caring for the garden and the grateful community has come to love and expect their harvest every week.”

The beautiful, raised beds garden!

The beautiful, raised beds garden!

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The first grapes of the season!

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And the first blueberries!

~  Alma Wright, Regional Programs Director

EngAGE offers a variety of classes, workshops, and special programs at each of our communities. These posts highlight just a small sample.

 

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Creativity at PacArts, Our San Pedro Arts Colony

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At a time of troubling world events, we ask ourselves what we want our world to look like, to be, and we remind ourselves how important it is to keep our spirits high and to connect with those who remind of us of the beauty and joy of living.

Daniel Tyler Poenkhe and his wife Mai, two residents of PacArts – the San Pedro Arts Colony served by EngAGE – are deeply involved in this life-affirming work and will open it up via a live interactive theater experience called, appropriately, “Brave New World.” The show is being presented at the gorgeous, vintage Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro on Sunday, July 10th, at 5 p.m. Ticket and more information here. (Discount available through the 20th.)

International Performer and TEDx Speaker, Daniel Tyler Pohnke, has been creating Empowering Entertainment all over the world with his project, Full Moon Rising. Now back in the USA after 7 years, his interactive theater experience, “Creating a Brave New World,” is a unique fusion of music, culture, dance, multimedia, and self-development.

Recently interviewed on “LA Talk Radio!” with Sam and Cherie, on “Sam in the Morning,” and in the Hollywood Times, Daniel said, “Since we have been back in the US (from Asia, Europe and Israel), we have had a deep longing to create a performance that is both entertaining and empowering. And there’s no better way to do it than by bringing music, dance, multi-media, and practical tools that we can use every day in fun and dynamic ways.”

~ Maureen Kellen-Taylor, C.O.O.

 

 

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Worth Repeating: Artist Ed Moses at 89

“Worth Repeating” is a weekly feature on the EngAGE Blog that will bring you previous posts that we think are still timely, interesting, or just plain fun! From 6/24/15:

WORTH-REPEATINGEd Moses has been painting for over 60 years. His was the second show at the now infamous Ferus Gallery in L.A., but his style of painting and drawing made him an anomaly there. His philosophy: “I asked myself one day, ‘What are you doing, Ed? Are you making pretty pictures? Are you making art?’ I said, ‘No, I’m not interested in art, and I’m not interested in making pretty pictures,’ but I am interested in discovering pictorial images that I hadn’t thought of before, so I invent ideas as I proceed that allows discoveries with the paint in whatever the situation is. One day, I noticed caterpillars, and as they traversed along the concrete, they would leave tracks where they’d been, so I like the idea that a brush could leave a track where it was, and therefore it would be like me tracking where I’ve been and where I’m going.” ~ Learn more about Ed Moses here.

2016 UPDATE: “Moses @ 90” is a retrospective currently showing at the William Turner Gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica through June 25th. More here.

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News from Cotton’s Point: Memorial Day

2016_May-Cottons-Point-2Before we get too far past Memorial Day, here’s a report about how one EngAGE senior veteran marked the occasion:

“Mr. Duffy is a resident at Cotton’s Point Senior Apartments in San Clemente, CA. Each week he goes to the San Clemente VFW and actively attends events. He either takes a taxi or a fellow marine picks him up. The city of San Clemente celebrates several holidays with veterans each year. The last couple of years, I joined him at the Memorial Day event at the San Clemente Marine Memorial. He proudly sits by his comrades. My good friend, Col. Buell, was one of the guest speakers this year and looked for him because I couldn’t attend. They shared stories, which helps every marine get through a difficult day. Honestly, I think Mr. Duffy’s day was made when he was greeted by such a wonderful officer. We are so lucky to have Mr. Duffy in our lives. He truly is a wonderful Marine. Semper Fi.”

~ Jennifer Fallon,  Program Director

 

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Experience Talks 6/19: Bruce Gray

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01 - KPFK ListenLiveButtonTune in to Experience Talks, our weekly “Radio Magazine for the Experienced Listener,” on Sundays at 5:00 PM PT on KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles, 98.7 FM Santa Barbara, 99.5 China Lake, 93.7 N. San Diego, streaming live online, and now syndicated on up to 100 Pacifica Network stations! Experience Talks is produced by the non-profit EngAGE, Inc.

 

PODCASTMiss the show? You can always hear it as a podcast on the Listen Page of our website! You’ll also find an archive-in-progress of all of our previous shows there for you to enjoy. New shows are usually posted within 48 hours after broadcast.

 


SUNDAY, 6/19 @ 5 PM PT
BRUCE GRAY
with host
CYNTHIA FRIEDLOB


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BRUCE GRAY is a sculptor and artist from Los Angeles. His work includes colorful and clever kinetic art, rolling ball machines, mobiles, giant objects, abstract paintings, magnetic sculptures, functional art, modern metal sculptures, and more. It has been featured at many museums, art galleries, in over 36 books, and countless times on TV and in movies.

 

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At left: Recently, several of Bruce’s robot sculptures were exhibited at The Automobile Driving Museum in El Segundo, CA, for the show “After Hours at the ADM: A Vehicle to Art.”  This photograph is of Gray with his giant blue robot, “Tesla,” and some of his smaller robot series.

 

Visit Bruce’s website here, read his blog, The Steel Whisperer, here. You can also find him on Facebook and Twitter. Watch an award-winning short stop-motion video about his work here.

 

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News from Andalucía: Cooking

From Andalucía in Panorama City, CA: Anne Apra is a professional caterer who has been teaching Cooking Classes at Andalucía for two years.  As we enter summer, Anne taught the group how to make Spring Pea Soup (good hot or chilled!) and a lovely simple salad with cherry tomatoes, spring greens, cucumbers, cauliflower, and a Dijon citrus dressing. One of the residents brought her grandchild and we are going to be encouraging more of that in the future.

~ Elizabeth Sampson, Regional Programs Director

EngAGE offers a variety of classes, workshops, and special programs at each of our communities. These posts highlight just a small sample.

 

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