Cynthia, Joyce and the Friendship Centers' Circle of Artists are back again and I love their theme this week. This week's theme is all about gratitude and the beauty around us.
At a time when so much of the world has turned upside down, here's a process I wish could be applied to so many more areas of the world beyond a group of artists in Sarasota.
Cynthia and Joyce are our ambassadors for peace, love, kindness, patience and appreciation for so many things we take for granted!
In honor of the beauty that surrounds us and with gratitude for those who choose peace, love and kindness above hate, our group of 8 talented artists, Larry, Vivian, Bill, Margaret, Barbara, Anita, Jeanne and Mark, focused their creativity on gratitude.
It’s a time of thanksgiving for the blessings and abundance that fill our lives. Being grateful for the people, places, things that bring us comfort, joy, happiness and love is something we all need to place our attention on—not only during this holiday season but throughout the coming year.
Movement + Sharing
We started with some gentle movements and sounds. Then choosing slips of paper with a variety of feelings written on them, Joyce and I encouraged our artists to create facial expressions of joy! boredom! happiness! to name just a few.
After a passage read aloud about gratitude, written by local Sarasota artist, Lucy Barber, we went around our circle sharing memories, stories, thoughts of the people, places, things for which we are grateful. Mark shared his gratitude for his sister who makes sure he is taken care of and safe; Jeanne shared her thankfulness for her 3, yes 3!, cats; Anita shared her memories of enjoying the outdoors—by the mountains and by the shore. We were celebrating the beauty in our lives and the feelings of thankfulness that connect us to ourselves and to one another.
Visual Art: cut-out paper shapes collages followed by Gratitude Collages
For our "creative warm-up", Joyce and I gave our artists colorful cut-out paper shapes to create abstract or realistic pattern collages.
Wishing everyone at Senior Friendship Center a peaceful season of gratitude filled with smiling happy faces.
About Cynthia Bydlinski
Cynthia Bydlinski is a volunteer and helps as a creative arts leader. To find out how you can get more involved as a volunteer at the Friendship Centers, please contact Caroline Allen in Volunteer Development at the Friendship Centers in Sarasota. Getting involved as a volunteer is just a phone call away, 941.556.3249.