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SeniorzArt opens creative avenue for Berwyn's older adults

Published: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 12:17 p.m. CST • Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014 4:33 a.m. CST
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Class members in SeniorzArt work with all kinds of mediums. Here, the group works in pastels.

BERWYN – Senior citizens in Berwyn and Stickney who are looking to stimulate their imaginations and improve their overall well-being can consider participating in an art class.

KidzArt, an international art enrichment franchise for kids of all ages, offers SeniorzArt classes to allow seniors to discover a new hobby or reconnect with their artistic abilities.

Gianardo Franco, owner of KidzArt/SeniorzArt, said his senior students are ready to go when they arrive for class.

“They enjoy it,” Franco said. “I have one senior who has been doing art for 30 years. Some times she helps me. They all love it. We all get together and have a good time. When they come in, they just want to keep on going.”

Classes are from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Thursday through May 29 at Proksa Park, 3001 Wisconsin Ave., Berwyn. The summer session begins in June and goes through August.

To register, call Hillary at Proska Park at 708-795-2892, or Gianardo Franco at 708-484-2787.

Classes also will be at 12:30 p.m. April 12 and May 10 at the Stickney/Forest View Library, 6800 43rd St., Stickney. Call Michael Fosses at 708-749-1050 or Gianardo Franco at 708-484-ARTS 2787 to register.

Studies show that creative activities may be as beneficial at extending life as healthy exercise, according to the Berwyn business owner.

“Offering seniors the ability to express and foster their creativity is a beneficial way for them to keep their minds active and improve their general outlook on life,” Franco said. “Grandma Moses started painting at the age of 78 and continued until she was over 100.”

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