Biennial Art Exhibit Helps UCC’s 15 Craigside Residents Explore their Creative Side

Some of the photography on exhibit at 15 Craigside’s Visions in Art exhibit.

Residents of 15 Craigside, a United Church of Christ-related community in the Nu’uanu neighborhood of Honolulu, recently completed their second biennial Visions in Art exhibit, held Sept. 1 in the theater at 15 Craigside.

A unique avenue for residents to cultivate and showcase their talents, skills, and interests, Visions in Art began in 2015, thanks to a “bucket list wish” of one of the residents. That resident became an integral part of a hard-working planning committee that helped get the initial show off the ground. The committee was comprised of residents and 15 Craigside’s Programs department, says Programs Manager Leilyn Lui Yamamoto.

Original paintings were part of this year’s event.

Vision in Art started out with the community’s art and photo club sharing and selling their handmade artwork. The free event grew this year to include some 18 residents’ work in pencil, watercolor, photography, embroidery, shadowbox art, and custom greeting cards. The show also included a bake sale, which sold out quickly, and a silent auction.

15 Craigside is part of the CHHSM-member ministry Arcadia Family of Companies. Visions in Art draws attendees from all of the Arcadia communities. Thanks to the success of the first two exhibits, planning is already underway for the 2019 event.

15 Craigside, a senior living community, is the sister company to Arcadia, located in Honolulu’s Makiki neighborhood. Both communities offer guaranteed lifetime care. Founded by Central Union United Church of Christ in 1967, Arcadia was Hawai’i’s first accredited Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC). 15 Craigside opened in 2011. The mission of both communities is to meet the spiritual, physical, and social needs of every resident.

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