In existence since 2002, the Resident Art Program is one of the most rewarding activities for the residents, family members and staff. The resident artists meet twice a week to work on their individual paintings, and Activity staff are on hand to offer suggestions and provide assistance, as needed. Once a painting is completed, they are collected and saved for the annual Resident Art Show. A selection committee from the community chooses one painting from each resident’s portfolio, and from this collection, one painting is chosen to be the coveted calendar cover! Twelve paintings are also chosen, one to represent each month. Residents whose paintings weren’t selected for the calendar cover or month, are included in the back of the calendar as Up and Coming Artists or Honorable Mentions so that every resident who completed at least one painting during the year will be included in the calendar.
The paintings chosen for the calendar remain a secret until the art show, during which time the calendar and paintings are unveiled. The families of each participant, along with community and educational leaders, are sent formal invitations to the art show and parade. The paintings showcased in the calendar are then displayed on a prominent wall located on the central hall for the year and then given to the resident. Each resident artist is given a copy of the calendar, which includes pictures of the paintings, with a short biography written below each painting. The Resident Art Calendars are sold for $10 in and around the community, and all of the profits are returned to the art program for needed supplies.
In addition, the calendar paintings are entered in the annual Top of the Lake Art Fest in downtown Okeechobee, FL, sponsored by Okeechobee Main Street. Several of our artists have won blue ribbons in these events.
Pictured below are photos from our January 2019 Art Show.