Customers at Riverside Court, one of Orbit Heart of England’s sheltered housing schemes in Weedon, near Daventry, held a free public art exhibition and sale on Saturday 9 July and Sunday 10 July. About 50 guests took part in the event that raised over £600 for the Riverside Court art group.
Paintings from almost 15 aspiring artists from Riverside Court and the local community were included in the exhibition and sale. They also had a raffle with a wide variety of prizes. Proceeds will go towards the art group who are planning a day trip to an art gallery and an outdoor sketching excursion.
June Wood, a customer living at Riverside Court and amateur artist herself, started the art class about a year ago. She says; “The art group has allowed people to get together through their shared love of the visual arts. It has always been a passion of mine, and it has been fantastic to bring it to life and share it with others. I’m overwhelmed with the response and am looking forward to creating even more art together in the future.”
When June first started the weekly art class, people who came along didn’t have a high level of confidence in their artistic abilities. However, as they’ve experimented with different mediums and tried out new techniques, they’ve really blossomed. The quality of their work has been exceptional and the results speak for themselves.
Jo Elsden, Orbit’s Scheme Assistant at Riverside Court, says; “A lot of people worked together to make the event happen and we’re over the moon at its success! Some of the people in the art club didn’t know how their artwork was going to be received and have been pleasantly surprised by the great response at the exhibition. I can’t wait to see what they come up with next!”
The art class at Riverside Court is supported by Orbit’s Community Investment team as part of our commitment to invest in our communities for the long term. Anyone who is interested in joining the club may contract Jo Elsden at 01327 342468 for more information.
Riverside Court is a sheltered housing scheme consisting 35 one bedroom flats for people over the age of 55. The scheme has communal facilities including a communal lounge/kitchen, TV lounge, a landscaped garden, ample car parking and scooter store room. It also features a health suite that receives regulars visit by a local hairdresser and a massage therapist. The scheme has its own laundry room, bin store, computer room and library and a guest room that relatives or friends may hire if visiting. Customers living at Riverside Court may live life privately or join in any of the activities on offer. They often organise social activities including barbeques and afternoon teas. A hub in the local community, Riverside Court also hosts a weekly Scrabble/bridge club that comes in weekly to use the facilities.