CANTON — What started as a fun competition for program members at United Helpers Independent Senior Living in Canton has blossomed into a relationship with a local artist who now plans to host a series of activities at St. Lawrence County’s only senior community.
Jeff Davis of Trout Lake originally gave the building two oil paintings to display for a week. During this time, program members could vote on which painting they liked best, with the winning work being donated.
One work showed an autumn scene in Saranac Lake. The second painting showed a wintry Amish scene. While the Saranac Lake painting won the competition, program members fell in love with both paintings and embarked on a collection to ensure both could be displayed permanently for all to see.
“I never intended for people there to buy any of my paintings, but when they made it clear that they really loved both paintings, I couldn’t say no to them,” said Mr. Davis.
As a token of appreciation, Mr. Davis added several more prints, both framed and unframed, to his donation, which will become part of the collection there.
“We are grateful to Jeff for this amazing donation,” said United Helpers Community housing manager Jennifer Dean. “Part of what makes independent senior living such a special place is the decor throughout, which highlights the beautiful region in which we live.”
Given the interest people throughout the building have shown in his work, Mr. Davis plans to host a painting demonstration and class where program participants can create their own paintings to display in their homes.
Mr Davis also said he would like to encourage other local artists to donate a work to display at United Helpers Independent Senior Living, either permanently or through a loan to the building.
“I am overwhelmed by the response the people at United Helpers have shown to my artwork. The Nordland is an area with many talented painters, photographers and other artists and I am sure the people there would enjoy the talents of my colleagues in the local art scene.”
If you are interested in sharing your talents with United Helpers Independent Senior Living program members, Mrs. Dean can be reached at 315-379-1428 or email [email protected]