Please join us for an
Art Show and Sale dedicated to the memory of Polly King Evans benefiting the Lisner-Louise-Dickson-Hurt Home Featuring the works of resident artists and photographic essays of the artists by local photographer Walter Grio of “Shoot for Change”
Thursday, May 26, 2011 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Lisner-Louise-Dickson-Hurt Home 5425 Western Ave., NW Washington, DC 20015
RSVP response card enclosed or call 202-966-6667, ext. 3430 Purchases may be made by personal check, VISA/MasterCard, or cash
The Home’s Resident Art Program was established in 2007 by a former employee of the Home, Bonnie Grover, who is recognized as its founder. Bonnie’s mission statement for the program noted that “the Resident Art Program is dedicated to enhancing the lives of the resident seniors through a rich and varied curriculum in the visual arts. The primary focus of the art program is to promote creative engagement in later life by offering a full range of stimulating art activities to residents of the Home.” The program encourages even non-artists to participate, allowing each to enjoy the positive effects of creativity on aging. While no longer living in the Washington, DC area, Ms. Grover has continued to volunteer her time in support of this effort, often traveling a significant distance to do so. Another individual also played a remarkable role in the Resident Art Program. Polly King Evans, who herself was a very talented artist, guided the residents in creating more contemporary, expressive pieces using a variety of different artistic mediums. Large canvases became the focal point of her efforts and she encouraged the residents and support staff who assisted in the program to dispel the thought that they lacked creativity. Using a myriad of colors and techniques, Polly encouraged bold expression and dynamic statements. Polly’s untimely death in late 2010 served to inspire the residents and staff to continue to actualize her vision. The art show and the talents of the Home’s resident artists continue to flourish. Two of the resident artists have won honorable mention in city-wide senior art shows. Further, the artwork is on display at the Capital Breast Care Center in downtown DC as well as at both the Chevy Chase and Glover Park locations of Sushiko Restaurant. F. Stone Roberts, an award winning filmmaker, was intrigued by the pieces on display at Sushiko and has since made a documentary about the program at the Home. Equally moved by the creativity of the Home’s resident artists was Walter Grio, founder of “Shoot for Change,” a philanthropic photographic undertaking based in Washington, DC.
Walter Grio and “Shoot for Change” Since 2007, photographer Walter Grio has raised over forty seven thousand dollars through “Shoot for Change” for numerous organizations both nationally and globally, including SOS Children’s Villages, One Small Step, Capital Breast Care Center, Women Empowered Against Violence, and the Children’s Law Center. Additionally, he has captured the fashion runways of Donna Karan, Tommy Hilfiger, Monique Lhuillier, Diane von Furstenberg, Christian Siriano, Carolina Herrera, and many others at the world-renowned Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York. Walter and “Shoot for Change” have been featured in NBC Washington, the Washingtonian, The Washington Examiner and Washington Life Magazine.
We wish to thank our generous sponsors Platinum ($5,000 and above) Ergo Solutions, LLC Morrison Healthcare Food Services Gold ($2,500 and above) Hamilton Insurance Agency Silver ($1,000 and above) Rodman's Sushiko Restaurants In-Kind Gifts Ace Beverage Bistrot Lepic & Wine Bar K&R Industries Plaza Artists Materials Signs of Progress Sir Speedy Trademark Vending Services York Flowers