At Tapestry, wellness isn’t something we offer – it is what we live every day in our communities. Everything we do is inspired by our focus on wellness, from our nutritious and delicious menu choices to our creative wellness programming aligned to the 7 Dimensions of Wellness.
We also know that our wellness culture is co-owned with our residents. We encourage residents to share their talents with us, and where they have a particular passion, to lead programming to enrich our wellness offerings and community life.
Teresa, a talented and engaging resident of Tapestry at Wesbrook Village, was leading art classes in the community’s beautiful Creative Arts Centre when the COVID-19 pandemic made in person learning impossible. Rather than pack up the art supplies and shut down this creative wellness pursuit, Teresa, who has had a passion for art her entire life, decided to develop lessons and guidelines so that anyone interested could continue doing art individually in their suite.
After 14 weeks of inspired effort supported by Teresa, the Wellness team suggested that she and her fellow Wesbrook Village artists display their creations in a public show. This led to the COVID Creations Open Gallery hosted at the community between July 6 and 10 with more than 80 pieces of incredible artwork on display.
“Having an exhibit is so necessary as it lifts people’s spirits,” says Teresa, who after retiring from a career in social work opened a gallery in Ontario where she taught art and conducted hundreds of workshops. “The exhibit acted as a pinnacle for the past 14 weeks as everyone could see the hard work that was done independently.”
Although guests were not allowed inside the building, people passing by the community could look through the window to enjoy the many art pieces included in Wesbrook Village’s COVID Creations Open Gallery. Like those enjoying the art, Teresa was amazed by the quantity and quality of the pieces and thrilled with the fantastic reviews that she and all the artists received.
“To me, art is a necessary thing,” adds Teresa. “Art boosts self-esteem and I am very satisfied with how much people have learned from me, and to see their creativity. I hope the art program continues and we look forward to meeting and creating together in person again soon.”