Winter didn’t stop Pennswood residents from celebrating the color and life found in its gardens. Last month, the art show, “Inspired by the Garden,” opened in the Passmore Gallery, featuring beautiful art centered around a garden theme.
The show featured a range of colorful art curated by Pennswood residents, including paintings, photographs, collages, pottery, figurines and jewelry—all inspired by the garden. Among these curators were Flossie Fullerton, Jan Neitzel, Jane Crumlish, Daisy Grubbs, Lucy Hastings, and Lee Cavanaugh.
A fitting inspiration for the art
Gardens are a big part of life at Pennswood, with residents growing vegetables and flowers in their personal plots in the community garden and on their homes’ patios and balconies. Residents also have the chance to move their potted plants into the Pennswood greenhouse during the colder winter months. It’s because of this love for gardening at Pennswood that the idea for this art show evolved.
“We have a lot of interest in the gardens here,” said Sue Espenshade, resident and Chairperson for the Passmore Gallery Committee. “We have a beautiful community, and residents capture this beauty in their art.”
Like many Pennswood residents, Sue has a great love for gardening that is shared with her husband, Jack, who heads up the Community Garden Committee, a group of people who care for the community garden. The couple became interested in the garden when they started growing plants in their own plot, and their interest grew from there. With this exhibition, the Passmore Gallery Committee spreaded the goodness of the garden in a different way.
“The gallery committee gets together several times a year,” said Sue, “and we toss ideas around for displays. Then we choose themes and agree on when they’ll be displayed.”
The reception for the colorful “Inspired by the Garden” show was held on a Sunday afternoon in January for friends, family and the community.
“The receptions are a chance for the community to gather to chat about the art and enjoy refreshments,” said Sue. Sue’s contribution to the show included a set of collaged greeting cards that were designed and created by her daughter who gave them to her as a gift. Her daughter crafted the cards with a garden theme.
Artful opportunities abound
Resident art shows aren’t the only way for art lovers to get involved in art in the Pennswood community. The community offers art classes often, and there’s always an occasion to display artwork. Residents can also hang their own art in the residence halls near their doors, which gives them an opportunity to display pieces from their personal collection throughout the year. A special display system for hanging the art makes it easy to change out the pieces. Residents can simply call the maintenance team to change out the art whenever they choose.
Residents can also join the Pennswood Art Gallery Committee, which operates the contemporary gallery dedicated to guest artists in the main lobby. This group reaches out to artists in the area and invites them to display their work at Pennswood. Artists recently shown include Demetra Tassiou, Bruce Garrity, Eva Mantell and Matthew Colaizzo. Pennswood is also home to a gallery dedicated to resident art and features both group and solo shows.
The “Inspired by the Garden” art show was displayed until March 28, 2019, when the art was returned to the curators and creators. Soon after, the next exhibition began for the community to enjoy. For more information on the artful lifestyle that’s possible at Pennswood, give us a call today at 215-504-1118, or visit us online to request a free information kit.
Pennswood Village is a proud continuing care retirement community that offers residents a maintenance-free lifestyle and a full continuum of healthcare services, all covered under a Life Care contract. But, what is a Life Care contract?
A Life Care contract is an agreement between a resident and the community that covers most future healthcare expenses. It is the most comprehensive level of healthcare coverage available in a retirement community. With this contract, residents pay a one-time entry fee, as well as a monthly service fee, that covers everything from campus maintenance and dining to amenity upkeep, utilities and programing. The cost of a Life Care contract is largely dependent on both the floor plan and contract type you select.
As a Quaker Continuing Care Retirement Community, Pennswood Village often celebrates stewardship, generosity, and giving back. The Employee Scholarship Fund is just one example of this culture in practice.
Every year, Pennswood Village residents contribute donations to the Employee Scholarship Fund, a fund dedicated to investing in the education of current Pennswood employees.
“The scholarship means that I am supported by the community,” says Nicole Folston, scholarship recipient and fitness trainer at Pennswood. “The support and encouragement I have received from the residents and my peers has been the most valuable to me through my back to school process.”
Donating to this fund is a special way for residents to thank employees for their hard work and to invest in their futures. Currently, the Scholarship Fund has benefitted almost 100 employees, with over half a million dollars donated.
Pennswood Village is a community that prides itself on celebrating diversity and inclusion, so when you move to Pennswood, you will no doubt be welcomed with open arms and open hearts.
The transition to community living is made easy by being paired with a current resident, also known as a sponsor. Matches are made on a personal level. Your sponsor will be there from the start, even before you move into the community, to help guide you through the process and show you the ins and outs of community life.
Pennswood resident Helen Greven shares her experience of moving to Pennswood, and what inspired her to get involved in making Pennswood a more welcoming place for new residents. Read her story below:
“My husband and I moved to Pennswood Village in 2005 in our early 70s. We knew no one already living here, but in the course of numerous visits had been impressed with the beautiful campus, friendly atmosphere and the many activities offered. We came earlier than originally planned because exactly the apartment we wanted became available. I realize now how farsighted the founders were to plan for centralized mailboxes surrounded by a cafe, bank, mailroom, library, art galleries, gift shop, auditorium, hallway of bulletin boards, with Resident Health offices, Personal Care and Skilled Nursing facilities just down the hall.
After searching for the right community, and planning for the next step in your life, you’ve finally decided to call Pennswood Village your home. So, what is your next step? The process of becoming a resident of Pennswood Village is made easier with the help of our friendly, experienced staff.
Each person moving to Pennswood is unique, and is often faced with circumstances, questions, and challenges that we are happy to talk about and suggest solutions. Our staff knows that moving can be fun and uplifting, but it can also sometimes be confusing, scary and unfamiliar. Our staff takes great pleasure in making your move as stress-free as possible by getting to know you and your expectations.
“Everything I learned, I learned from the movies,” iconic movie star, Audrey Hepburn once said.
Movies are a widely popular form of entertainment at Pennswood Village, and the Film Committee strongly believes in Hepburn’s sentiment. Movies are a wonderful way to impart meaning to the mundane, evoke emotion, and teach us valuable lessons, as well as to simply provide entertainment. This belief in the importance of film and celebrating different types of cinema forms the backbone of what the Pennswood Village Film Committee aims to achieve with every film they project.
Every week, three times a week, you will find a movie playing in Penn Hall. Fridays are typically family film nights, Saturday nights are for more mature, complex films, and Monday nights feature a more diverse showing of special interest films ranging from black and white classics, to musicals and cutting-edge documentaries.
Blue, black, burgundy or purple polo shirts … These are the uniform colors of the Utility Staff of Dining Services that residents see all day and evening, walking the halls in Woolman, Barclay or the Village.
The Utility Staff is comprised of many bright young minds who strive to provide great service to all the residents, guests and their fellow co-workers. They are responsible for numerous and essential tasks throughout the Dining Services Department on a daily basis.
When residents hear “utility,” they think of dirty dishes! Each day the Utility Staff collect, wash, sanitize and store approximately 4300 pieces of silverware, over 5000 pieces of china and nearly 2000 pieces of assorted glassware. Our resilient pot washers hand scrub, rinse and sanitize between 1000 and 1200 pots, pans, sheet trays, and utensils daily to support the culinary team and department.