Residents of The Arbors at Spring Lake were laser-focused on their American flag paintings during an art class on Wednesday, June 30. PHOTO BY HOPE PATTI

SPRING LAKE — An art program at The Arbors at Spring Lake that began during the pandemic has instilled a newfound love of art and painting in several of the facility’s residents.

Activities Director Kim Murray said the art program started during the pandemic just as a way to keep residents busy while they weren’t able to go out or have visitors. What started out with only five participants quickly grew to 15.

“It’s gotten to be very popular,” Ms. Murray said. “Art has become a very big thing since we started this. It’s great because some people don’t come out for anything, but they come out for this.”


“You can see the difference in quite a few of them and how far they’ve come in just ability,” Ms. Murray added. “We’re really proud of this program.”

When the program first started, Ms. Murray said, she would give the residents an object or a picture to paint from scratch; however, that became difficult for the residents who were new to painting, so the program was altered.

“What we’ll do is we paint the background and they can elaborate on the background and we’ll put the basic design in and then they paint,” Ms. Murray said.

While all the residents begin with the same base, each painting is unique. And when class is in session, all residents are laser-focused on their paintings.

“They all have a different way of doing things, so we just present them with the picture,” Ms. Murray said. “Each one is different because it’s their own interpretation.”

After a project is completed, the residents’ art is proudly displayed in the common areas of the facility and in many of the residents’ rooms. 

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