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‘ReAFRAMING’: Silvermine exhibit debunks aging myths

February 5, 2019

“ReFRAMING Aging: Health, Happiness, and the Arts,” the next exhibition at New Canaan’s Silvermine Arts Center, will feature artists whose creative energy and ingenuity have continued over a lifetime.

“ReFRAMING Aging” will debunk myths about aging, deepen visitors’ understanding of why lifelong creativity matters and inspire intergenerational bonds — illuminating what it means to age creatively in our youth-oriented society when people are living longer, Silvermine said in a news release.

The exhibition, which runs Saturday, Feb. 16, through Saturday, March 23, will trace the creative evolution of nine artists, ranging in age from 72 to 87, who are central to Silvermine’s enduring presence as an artists’ community: June Ahrens, Paedra Bramhall, Marilyn Clements, Kathy Conway, Carol Nipomnich Dixon, James Grashow, James Reed, Jonathan Talbot, and Florence Zolan. Paintings by a 10th artist, Binnie Birstein, will be exhibited in memoriam.

“Their visually compelling art addresses socially relevant ideas — climate change and our changing relationship to nature, gender identity and our yearning to accept ourselves, mortality and our capacity for resilience,” Silvermine said of the artists, whose works are represented in museums nationally and in some cases internationally.

The exhibition and the series of programs connected with it are free and open to the public.

On Saturday, Feb. 16, from 2 to 4 p.m., public is invited to the opening reception and keynote lecture by James Kaufman, Ph.D., a professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Connecticut and a leading scholar on creativity.

In his lecture, “The Science Behind the Art: How Everyone Can be Creative, and Why it Matters,” Kaufman will discuss the science and psychology of creativity and explore the ways in which creativity manifests itself over a lifetime. He will also offer some research-based tips on how to enhance one’s creativity.

On Sunday, March 3, from 2 to 3 p.m., Silvermine will host “Better With Age,” a lecture and conversation with Robin Jaffee Frank, PhD, Director of Strategy and Development at Silvermine Arts Center, and an author and art historian, on the revitalized brilliance of renowned artists late in their long lives. Following at 3:30 p.m. is a panel discussion and Q&A on Creativity and Healthy Aging, moderated by Dr. Allison Ostroff, Director of Geriatrics at Stamford Hospital and Founder/Director of the Geriatric Assessment Center.

A day of family programming and adventurous art-making activities will take place on Saturday, March 23, from 2 to 3 p.m. Children, parents, and grandparents can join painter and award-winning children’s book Illustrator and author Leonard Everett Fisher in conversation with Anne Butler Rice, Director of Education at Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.

From 3 to 4:30 p.m., families will enjoy “Exploring Art Together,” where they will listen to stories about how making art unites us across generations and choose from a variety of fun, hands-on activities led by Silvermine Teaching Artists that reflect the work on view in “ReFRAMING Aging,” from a sense of self and community to concerns about our natural world.

Exhibition support was provided by Sam Ingram in memory of his wife, Guild artist Jane Ingram.

Connecticut Humanities (CTH), a non-profit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), has awarded a Quick Grant for $3,500 to support programs accompanying the exhibition.

“We’re most grateful to the Connecticut Humanities for funding programs — a keynote lecture, a moderated panel discussion and a family day of storytelling — that will engage visitors of every age and explore the benefits of art, creativity and discovery across generations,” Robin Jaffee Frank, Director of Strategy and Development, said in the news release.

Silvermine Arts Center, 1037 Silvermine Road, New Canaan. 203-966-9700, www.silvermine.org

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