Artists in Residency

By Jesse Campbell (

Article Published: Oct. 3, 2013 | Modified: Oct. 6, 2013

The hallways of Glenbridge Health and Rehabilitation in Boone are full of stories from residents who have enjoyed long and rewarding lives.

Some of the stories are more obvious than others.

On Saturday, Oct. 5, the illustrated stories of three Glenbridge artists will come to life for the “Artists in Residency” art show and reception.

From noon to 2 p.m., guests are invited to observe some of the lifelong work from Charlotte Kimball, Joyce Ham and Pearl Johnson.

The art show is a complement to the center’s annual fall festival, which typically takes place in October, organizer Susan Farah said.

“We were thinking about different ideas for this year’s festival,” Farah said. “All three of these residents have paintings hanging in their rooms, and we got the idea, ‘Gosh, why don’t we do a show to show off their artistry and talents. All three agreed, and their families agreed, too.’”

With little time to spare, the staff at Glenbridge went about the task of setting up a special gallery room to showcase the art.

“We will serve some refreshments and show our residents our appreciation,” Farah said. “So many have done so many interesting things in life when they were a little bit younger, and we wanted to highlight these three talented ladies.”

One of the paintings on display is an oil work, while the other two are watercolors, Farah said.
When painting, Ham said she finds her inspiration from the red cardinals that frequent the bird feeder outside of her room at Glenbridge.

“I got plenty flying around here,” Ham said, gesturing toward the window. “My daughter brings them bird seed.”

Ham also takes joys in painting still life, including scenes in nature. “They’ve stood the test of time,” said Ham, who also keeps a cache of crayons and paper near her in case a creative mood strikes her.

She also enjoys spending time reading short stories with vibrant pictures to accompany the literature.

Johnson, on the other hand, enjoys painting, as well as writing poetry and crocheting.

She committed countless poems to memory, including an insightful sonnet on becoming a senior citizen and enjoying one’s life in the “golden years.”

Another poem Johnson can recite without missing a line tells the story of a woman riding a favorite horse, but falling off and breaking a bone, thus proving a point that you can’t always enjoy favorite pastimes from younger years.

Johnson said she has been painting for the past 15 years, but began consistently writing poetry when she was in high school. She has a complete collection in a book she keeps close by in her room.

When it comes to illustration, Johnson enjoys depicting tropical island scenes and other natural wonders. Johnson said her first painting captured the simple eloquence of a fern and mushroom.

Visitors can see the artists’ works themselves Oct. 5 at Glenbridge, located at 211 Milton Brown Hers Road in Boone. For more information, call (828) 264-6720.

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