Art exhibition highlights Westhaven Residents’ Creativity

A unique art exhibition showcasing the creative work of residents at the Westhaven Aged Care Facility will be held in Roma from mid-July.

The exhibition will be held at the Walk of Art – Roma on Bungil Art Gallery in Hawthorne St from 13 July until 10 August.

Ethel-Munn-artwork

Westhaven resident Ethel Munn with the artwork developed by herself and late husband Gordon that will be among the works on display in the upcoming exhibition.

The exhibition is being supported by the art gallery, the South West Hospital and Health Service and Maranoa Regional Council.

A grand opening of the exhibition will be held at the gallery from 5.30 pm on 13 July, with light refreshments available.

Westhaven Recreation Officer Trish Jamieson says the art exhibition offered a unique insight into how residents saw the world.

“It’s an expression of how they feel in the moment.”

As a second-generation diversional therapist, following in the footsteps of her mother, Ms Jamieson is a passionate advocate of the various benefits complementary therapies like art can provide for older adults.

“Diversional therapy and aged care facilities have come a long way and now we are able to implement initiatives that make aged care facilities seem much more like home. There is extensive scientific research supporting the benefits of artwork, music therapy, animal assisted therapy, cookery and even aromatherapy to reduce pain and depression and improve sleep amongst the elderly.”

“While creating a piece of art or canvas people become self-aware and once they complete a canvas the sense of achievement can be very rewarding. It is so important to remind the residents that even though they now live at Westhaven they are still wonderful individuals who can contribute and participate in society.’’

Once the exhibition is finished, the residents’ works will be hung in the hallways of Westhaven for visitors and families to see and enjoy always.

One of the artworks to be featured in the exhibition is by Westhaven resident Ethel Munn and her late husband Gordon.

Ethel and Gordon worked on their canvas together, the end result of their work was named ‘Outback Wanderings’ – this name represented the colours of the bush, water, sky, earth, sunsets, animals and plant life.
Mrs Munn, 87, and her late husband had been married 67 years and had four daughters and two sons.

She received an Australia Day Award for Reconciliation in 1991 and has also been inducted into the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Council.