Somerville, MA – Somerville Arts Council grant recipient Nancy Hall Brooks will preview “Reflections: portraits of seniors in images and words,” a series of portraits of local seniors at a reception at the Ralph and
Jenny Center, 9 New Washington Street, Somerville on Thursday, January 23rd, from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. The show will honor some of the unique and lively individuals from our community who regularly participate in communal activities at COA senior centers across Somerville. It will consist of pastel portraits of 9 individuals who regularly attend day programs at the COA’s Ralph and Jenny Center and who participated in two workshops held in November by the artist. The drawings will be accompanied by text that is based on life stories shared by workshop participants.

The portraits will then be displayed on the walls of the Council on Aging’s Holland Street Center, 167 Holland Street, through Friday, February 21st during COA business hours (M-Fri, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) Brooks hopes to bring her work to an audience that may not regularly attend exhibitions and events in more conventional art spaces.

“I hope the exhibit will highlight the vitality of the mix of seniors who take advantage of programs at senior centers across Somerville,” states Brooks. “So many of the folks I met with at the Ralph and Jenny Center expressed great appreciation for having a welcoming place to gather with friends similar in age and experience.”

Brooks has been awarded a Local Cultural Council Artist Fellowship Grant for 2013 by the Somerville Arts Council. This program is supported in part by the Somerville Arts Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

For further information contact:​Janine Lotti
Nancy Hall Brooks​Somerville Council on Aging​
617-623-3719​ 617-625-6600, x2321

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