Featured Artist: LOU ANN PETERS

Rust is a new favorite subject for me to paint. I love the complementary colors of orange and turquoise. Duplicating the texture is very challenging. I feel that as I have aged I am like the rusty gate, a little rough and colorful but still strong.

How Creative Expression Can Benefit Older Adults

The older adults in Dr. Raquel Stephenson’s art therapy session are painting. One non-verbal participant lights up as she experiences the tactile qualities of paint—its smell, touch, and feel. “These visceral interactions with the materials opened up a new path for communication with her,” says Stephenson. “Where Alzheimer’s Disease slammed shut the door of communication,…