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A narration of inspired stories, shared by seniors who are living their lives to the fullest.

 

  • The Art of Light Beginning in the 1920s and into the next few decades, Thomas Wilfred was something of an art-world star, having fused modern art and pre-digital technology to create his luminous works. Name doesn’t ring a bell? That’s all about to change. Born in Denmark in 1889, Wilfred pioneered an art of light he described as “radiant form in dark ...
  • A Sense of Place: New Mexico as Seen by Artist Gene Kloss Gene Kloss felt that immersion in nature was essential to the production of art. Her paintings and etchings were directly informed by nature and she couldn’t conceive of making art any other way. “An artist must keep in close contact with nature… in order to produce a significant body of work,” she said, and she was ...
  • Sweat With Soul – Raise the Bar When you put your honest effort, your pain and your purpose into something, you won’t just sweat… you will sweat with soul. These messages are straight from the heart and I hope they resonate with your heart. Change starts from within, so if you want transformation in your fitness, your career or your relationships… then turn ...
  • The Power of Purposeful Aging A sense of life purpose promotes physical, mental, and spiritual health. People who seek meaning beyond themselves are healthier, happier, and live longer. It’s vital to our well-being that we maintain strong feelings of purpose and community. For some people, life purpose is a spiritual concept, or has a religious dimension. For others, it’s a more secular notion, ...
  • A Photographer and a Writer Walk into a Museum The other day, in my quest to look at works of art with fresh eyes, I asked a colleague to join me (that’s one way to get new eyes) in a walk through the museum, and let me know what spoke to him. I was interested in what Jeff, a photographer, would choose. After walking ...
  • JFK: American Visionary Kennedy preparing a speech, Baltimore, September 1960. © Paul Schutzer (Courtesy The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) The Kennedys unofficially brought America into the modern world with their youth and glamour. Long before our phones became cameras, they knew the power of photography and their well-documented lives—triumphs and sorrows—are an indelible part of our collective memory. SAAM’s ...
  • Q & A with Bill Gifford, Author of “Spring Chicken, Stay Young Forever (Or Die Trying)” What inspired you to write about aging and the research surrounding it?  I started thinking about the subject as I entered my 40s and realized that things were changing, albeit subtly. Also, at the same time, I’d had two beautiful dogs, lab mixes, brother and sister, and I’d watched them go from exuberant puppies to strong, ...
  • Ryders on the Storm: Celebrating the Art of Albert Pinkham Ryder Before Betsy Broun retired from the helm of the Smithsonian American Art Museum last fall, she gave a talk where she revealed her top ten works (ok, seventeen works) of art in the collection, beginning with Albert Pinkham Ryder’s Jonah. Ryder, who died one hundred years ago, was an artist close to Broun’s heart and ...
  • Art and Healing The story behind Emery Blagdon’s The Healing Machine had captivated me even before I saw the installation in SAAM’s reimagined galleries for folk and self-taught art. I find myself coming back to it frequently, just staring into it, and wondering about the artist and his belief in the ability of his artwork to be a ...
  • Gene Davis: The Cool Guy of Hot Beat Guest blogger Jean Lawlor Cohen is the consulting curator for Gene Davis: Hot Beat. She is an arts writer, independent curator, and co-author of Washington Art Matters: Art Life in the Capital 1940-1990. Gene Davis, a journalist before he was a painter, knew the power of words. He spoke his wise and sometimes ornery mind, aware ...