Seniors Outreach - September 26, 2018

In our main office at Seniors Outreach, we enable and promote a variety of displays of crafts, art, etc. in order to provide for greater interest in our seniors and community members who visit us daily. We have said goodbye to the unique birdhouses from Laura Lee Sawdon and for the next while have a new display on tap.

Thanks to Heather Hansen of Three Hills, our reception area provides a small display of Zentangle and Zentangle Inspired Art drawings (ZIA).

The Zentangle method of drawing was invented and copyrighted by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas to be both creative and meditative.

Abstract tangled drawings are created using structured patterns.

ZIA’s are “Zentangle Inspired Art” which does not follow the prescribed steps of a Zentangle, but uses some of the structured pattern components. ZIA’s often are larger, have color added, and tend to be more representational in their design. For more information see Zentangle.com. [Source: Heather Hansen, Three Hills Alberta].

In delving a bit further into the Zentangle methodology some of the following insights intrigued me:

1. Life is an art form and that each person is an artist.

2. Deliberately, in doing the art work, we do not include an eraser in our Zentangle Kit or use it as part of a Zentangle practice. We have no eraser in life, so why in a Zentangle Kit? There’s little use for it when you think about it.

3. Pencil strings and borders can be ignored and pen marks can’t be erased. Even if those pen marks aren’t initially what you might have intended , you can use them as inspirations to go in directions that you may not have otherwise explored. Instead of looking at them as mistakes, we reframe them as “opportunities.”

4. By avoiding common blocks to creative flow such as: self-criticism, fear of failure, lack of immediate positive feedback, worrying about outcomes, frustration with lengthy training, lack of inspiration and doubts about what to do next, you can create beautiful art right away.

Through the Zentangle method of drawing, one is encouraged to relax, focus, expand your imagination, trust your creativity, increase your awareness, respond confidently to the unexpected, discover the fun and healing in creative expression, enter a vibrant and supportive world-wide community, feel gratitude and appreciation for this beautiful world and all that you can do, and perhaps most importantly - have fun!

It may look simple, but there’s a lot going on here. Their motto seems to be - “Life is an art form and each of us is an artist.” [Source; https://zentangle.com/pages/what-is-the-zentangle-method]

Come and visit us at the Seniors Outreach Main Office and enjoy the interesting art work that Heather Hansen has provided. Further to this, we have some helpful and open activities over the next while that may also be of assistance to you:

• Grief & Loss Support Group – join us at the old provincial building, Three Hills on Wednesday mornings from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. in the conference room with Janet Cullum, RSW for 6 sessions from October 3 to November 7.

• Alzheimer/Dementia Care Partner Support Group – hosted at the Westview Care Community in Linden in the Assisted Living Family Room on the 4th Wednesday of each month from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Call 403-342-0448 ext 1 for more information.

• Seniors Outreach Monthly Information Meetings on the 3rd Thursday of the month across Kneehill County in partnership with our local Seniors Centres:

Thursday, October 18 – “CPR & AED’s” presented by Caroline Terpstra (EMT) at 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 .m. at the CommUnity Drop-In Centre, Three Hills; 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Silver Willows Centre, Torrington; 6:00 p.m. at the 50+ Club, Care & Share Centre, Linden (Potluck at 6:00 p.m. and Information Meeting to follow at approximately 6:45 p.m.

For all these and other activities, trips, supports and information do not hesitate to contact Seniors Outreach at 403-443-2555 or from Carbon at 1-888-443-2555.