On 19 October, to celebrate Resthaven’s 85th anniversary in 2020, the residents of Resthaven Marion showcased their artistic talents at a special event at the home at 10 Township Road.
The highlight of the day was the unveiling of a 1.5m mosaic piece by Resthaven Chief Executive Officer, Darren Birbeck, and Manager Residential Services, Stephanie Steensma.
Stephanie says, ‘The wonderful mosaic is the result of a combined effort by residents, staff, and volunteers working together to create a work of art to be enjoyed by the entire site community.’
‘The large mosaic was created on a round table top that was donated by art therapist, Jillian Cheshire. This was the centrepiece of our 85th birthday celebration, which also showcased many other amazing art and craft works on display in the hall.’
Coordinating Chaplain, Rev Dr Bruce Grindlay, hosted the event, and invited Sue Lyons, Resthaven volunteer, to explain the elements of the mosaic. Sue, who was integral to the project, described how the mosaic includes Sunshine, the site cat, butterflies and bees, along with a reproduction of Resthaven’s 85th anniversary logo.
Several residents were invited to comment on their involvement in the project, and they spoke proudly about how much enjoyment it had given to them.
An 85th anniversary cake was cut by Darren and the eldest resident at Resthaven Marion, Mrs Beatrice Wallace, which was then enjoyed with afternoon tea. This gave everyone the opportunity to view the artwork around the room. There was keen excitement in finding their own work on display, with painting, drawing, mosaic, knitting and other works all featured.
Lifestyle Coordinator, Sharon Betty, says, ‘At Resthaven Marion, we devote a lot of energy to encouraging artistic pursuits. The mosaic is the result of many hours of work, and we thank volunteers, Dino, Olga and Brian, without whom none of this could be achieved.’
‘We have introduced many forms of creative engagement, including music and art therapy, entwined with our appreciation of the practice of mindfulness.’
‘Several projects have been facilitated to encourage members of our community to express themselves in a variety of art forms.’
‘We run a weekly art class for sight-impaired residents, and our regular class is now in its seventh year.’
‘At our music appreciation group, Lifestyle Assistant, Jane Juckers, reinvents herself each week as a popular artist.’
‘Mosaic is another art form we’ve now mastered.’
‘Thank you to everyone who came along on the day to celebrate Resthaven’s 85th birthday.’
Celebrating 85 years in 2020, Resthaven Incorporated is a not for profit, South Australian aged care community service associated with the Uniting Church. Resthaven’s residential and in-home care and support options are offered throughout metropolitan Adelaide, the Adelaide Hills, Murraylands, Riverland, Barossa, Fleurieu Peninsula and the Limestone Coast.