Artists Find a Shared Creative Haven at Wind Crest

HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO (August 30, 2013) - More than 100 artists are finding a shared creative haven at Wind Crest, where their work is always welcome. A six member Resident Artwork Display Committee led by John Lillie, Dorothy Talbott and Anita Jones helps to showcase the artists' work in Wind Crest's hallways.  Rotating exhibits change every two months.  The art ranges from cross-stitch embroidery to bas relief three-dimensional carvings in wood. Watercolors, oils and acrylics complete the creative tapestry, along with photography. Scores of residents (see attached photo) each month participate in "Brushstrokes & Bliss," a step-by-step group art class in which they go home with their own canvases they created. Each two-hour class is subject-themed. "A Retrospective Wind Crest Artists" will be held Sunday, September 15, from 3-4 p.m., at Wind Crest, 3235 Mill Vista Road, when a reception is held in their honor. "Artists tend to be quiet by nature," said John Lillie, a former professor of anatomy and cell biology at the University of Michigan. "The art exhibits and upcoming retrospective are good ways for everyone to meet our artists and learn more about their creativity." Wind Crest, which has nearly 800 residents, offers extensive wellness and prevention programs, balance assessment and fall prevention programs, and Fitness and Aquatics Centers. Also, there are resident-inspired and resident-led clubs, committees and interest groups in these categories: art; cards; computers and technology; dance; faith-based and interfaith; film, fitness and sports; games; gardening; lifelong learning; music; literature, and philanthropy. Wind Crest is managed by Erickson Living.