taps Bay Area
artists for gerontology class project
community service assignment that Sacramento State student
Maria Cristina Falasci received in her gerontology class wasn’t
supposed to be a big deal. Falasci’s own work in assisting
the curator for the Arts Commission of Brentwood simply sparked
an idea to put on an art show that older adults could enjoy.
the ball started rolling on a project that would bring pieces
by big-time Bay Area artists to Sacramento in a Second Saturday
Art Walk venue, giving adults age 50 and over the chance to
view art meet some of the artists who made it, and display
same of their own. The “Day of Art and Socializing”
will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 12, at
the Ethel MacLeod Hart Senior Center at 915 27th St. An artist
reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Art lovers of all
ages are invited to attend.
center has never had an event like this before, and I’m
trying to bring together older adults who have artistic abilities
to share with others,” says Falasci, who is planning
this event for credit for a gerontology course. Older adults
can sign up to display their work alongside featured artists.
event, Falasci tapped acquaintance Stanley Mouse, album cover
artist for bands such as the Grateful Dead and Journey, and
friends such as wearable art and jewelry designers Lee Brooks
and Gregory Franke of Alex & Lee Jewelry, whose collectors
include Cher and Salvador Dali, to voluntarily display their
art for her cause.
works on display will be those by sculptor and painter Joe
Cleary, whose art has been in the Ladies Home Journal
and The Saturday Evening Post, and muralist Bill
Weber, creator of the larger-than-life murals on buildings
throughout San Francisco’s North Beach.
and other artists will be on hand to discuss their art with
the Senior Center regulars and the public.
says she hopes this event will help older adults stimulate
their minds while encouraging socialization, a key component
of health during the aging process. “This event is about
making friends, and getting older adults out of isolation,”
Falasci says. It gives them opportunities to enjoy one another
and the artists in a venue that they might feel comfortable
who wish to display their art at this event can register with
Linda Hoschler of the Ethel MacLeod Hart Senior Center at