A new exhibit showcasing the artwork of Cedar Crest resident Patricia Clapp opened February 1 in the Belmont Gallery on campus. The exhibit, on display until February 28, features beautiful oil and watercolor paintings of florals, still lifes, English cottages, and more. Cedar Crest Retirement Community is located at 1 Cedar Crest Drive in Pompton Plains, New Jersey.
"I have always enjoyed art," said Clapp, a retired history teacher from Ramapo Indian Hills High School in Franklin Lakes. "It's my number one way to have fun."
Clapp's passion for art began in elementary school. She continued to paint both with oils and other mediums in high school and college. After college, she settled in Ridgewood, New Jersey, where she and her husband Marshall raised their two children. In the early 1970s, The Barn in Ridgewood exhibited a few of her paintings.
In 2006, she had a stroke following a trip to Budapest. It affected her right side, and during the first month of recovery, she could not walk or talk. The next month, Clapp, who is right-handed, recalls that she started to 'pencil' very well with her left hand.
"It was a miracle," said Clapp.
Today, she is still unable to use her right hand and continues to use her left hand to paint and draw.
In 2013, after the death of her husband, Clapp moved to Cedar Crest and joined the art group on campus. She usually paints on Fridays at the open studio class as well as participates in watercolor classes.
Cedar Crest is one of 19 continuing care retirement communities managed by Erickson Living. The scenic 104-acre campus is located in Pompton Plains, New Jersey and is home to over 2,000 residents and more than 180 resident-run clubs and group. For more information, visit www.ericksonliving.com/cedar-crest.