ART+experience 2014ART+experience is our annual celebration of seniors in the arts.

Every September, the corridors of our main office are transformed. Over 100 rich and honest works of art appear on our walls and turn our building into the region’s largest art gallery dedicated to celebrating the genius, the talent, and the creativity of older adults of Mystic Valley.

Artists’ reception and ribbon awards

We will host an exhibition opening and reception on Wednesday, September 3 from 11am to 1pm. All artists are welcome to bring their friends and families. A hand-selected panel of artists and art enthusiasts will determine best in show for drawing, painting,
photography, and collage/mixed-media.

Exhibit open to the public

Artwork will be displayed in the Mystic Valley Elder Services headquarters and available for public viewings between September 3 and 30, 9am to 4pm. Mystic Valley Elder Services cannot assume any responsibility for theft or damages to artwork. Artwork may be offered for sale, but all sales transactions must occur directly between artists and buyers. We do not take a commission for sales of artwork. Visitors to the exhibition and Mystic Valley Elder Services staff may vote on their favorite artwork. The piece receiving the most votes will receive a People’s Choice ribbon.

Closing salon and reception

A closing salon and reception will be held Tuesday, September 30 from 4:00pm to 5:30pm. We invite artists to bring new work they have created in the ART+experience workshops and to bring poems, essays, stories, monologues, or songs for brief, three-minute performances. We will also award the People’s Choice ribbon during this reception.

We will once again hold our low-cost senior art workshops throughout September. Registration for these classes TODAY!

Classes will be held throughout the month of September at our Malden office (300 Commercial St., #19). See below for schedule and class descriptions or download the flyer here.

Each meeting of these three-part workshops will be three hours long. All art supplies (except camera) will be provided; lunch or snacks will be provided.

The cost of the course is $10. Financial hardship scholarships are available. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.You may register by phone (781-324-7705), on our website beow, or in person (at 300 Commercial Street #19 in Malden), using a check or credit card. Please do not bring cash.

We invite students to present artwork and creative writing from their courses at the ART+experience closing salon & reception on Tuesday, September 30 at 4:00pm.

OIL PAINTING (PORTRAIT) with Pamela Hart >REGISTER NOW (Only five spots left, as of 8/20 @ noon!)

This course meets:  Monday, Sept. 8 from 10am to 1pm,  Monday, Sept. 15 from 10am to 1pm, Monday, Sept. 22 from 10am to 1pm
This all-levels class will cover the basics of oil portraits, such as light, composition, and color. Make sure to bring a smock and bring one or two photographs or drawings you’d like to paint.

WATERCOLOR with Susan Burke >REGISTER NOW (Only two spots left, as of 8/20 @ noon!)

This course meets:  Monday, Sept. 8 from 10am to 1pm,  Monday, Sept. 15 from 10am to 1pm, Monday, Sept. 22 from 10am to 1pm
This introductory workshop will familiarize participants with watercolor tools and materials, composition, and the process of working with watercolor and painting from landscape/life.

CREATIVE WRITING with Licia Sky & Esther Friedman >REGISTER NOW

This course meets:  Monday, Sept. 8 from 2pm to 5pm,  Monday, Sept. 15 from 2pm to 5pm, Monday, Sept. 22 from 2pm to 5pm
We all have stories, and this class will guide you through finding ways to develop memories and anecdotes into stories that you can share with each other, with family, with friends. Participants of all experience levels are encouraged to attend.


This course meets:  Monday, Sept. 8 from 2pm to 5pm,  Monday, Sept. 15 from 2pm to 5pm, Monday, Sept. 22 from 2pm to 5pm
Find your poetic voice in this supportive, creative environment. Participants will read and discuss published poems, complete  in-class writing assignments, and share and celebrate the work and the art that emerges.


This course meets: Wednesday, Sept. 10 from 2pm to 5pm, Wednesday, Sept. 17 from 2pm to 5pm, Wednesday, Sept. 24 from 2pm to 5pm
This workshop will focus on three key elements of portrait drawing: understanding the human head, image size and perspective, and rendering, the most personal aspect of drawing.


This course meets:  Thursday, Sept. 11 from 2pm to 5pm, Thursday, Sept. 18 from 2pm to 5pm, Thursday, Sept. 25 from 2pm to 5pm
Don’t fear your camera! This workshop will take you through your camera’s basic functions, teach you how to choose settings for any type of shot, and introduce you to the artistic aspects of photography. For beginners; must bring your own camera.

Register at, in person at 300 Commercial St., or over the phone at 781-324-7705 beginning August 19!

Classes are open to older adults (60+) residing in Everett, Malden, Medford, Melrose, North Reading, Reading, Stoneham, and Wakefield.


The 2014 ART+experience is partially supported by our Curator’s Circle sponsors, Metropolitan Home Health and Bayada Home Health.

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Massachusetts Cultural CouncilThis program is supported in part by grants from the Malden, Medford, Melrose, and Wakefield Cultural Councils, local agencies that are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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