Creativity and emotion embodied several works of art on display at the annual Kaleidoscope of the Arts show on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents of Woodland Pond were eager to share their life work and creative spirit with neighbors, friends, family and the public. Everything from books, jams, paintings, sculptures, ceramics and carvings were on display. Many of the items on display were also available for purchase. Dick Barry, a resident of Woodland Pond, premiered his latest novel, Experiencing Woodland Pond, at the Kaleidoscope and signed copies sold. Additionally, there was a bake sale and gift basket raffle. The proceeds from the bake sale and raffle benefited the Woodland Pond Foundation, which serves residents at the Woodland Pond community.
“Experiencing Woodland Pond is a personal memoir of laughing, learning, loving and living in a continuing care retirement community, and I was very excited for its premiere,” said Barry. “It is a wonderful book about my experience to move to a senior living community; the move itself, meeting new people in the community and the lifestyle at Woodland Pond. This is one of seven novels I have completed during my retirement. I finished this book in mid-September.”
Barry had his other six books on display as well: Crosscurrents, The Qualities of Mercy, Personal Wars, An Inappropriate Death, An Evil’s Vortex, and Infinite Gestures. He also had his latest novella, History of the Smiling Young Lord, available as well. Barry has found that writing has brought him a lot of joy in his retirement. He writes five days a week for at least three hours a day. He was excited to share his passion with others at the Kaleidoscope show.
“Woodland Pond is an incredibly diverse community filled with dynamic and interesting individuals,” said Barry. “The Kaleidoscope of the Arts demonstrates to the wider community that Woodland Pond is filled with talented seniors that are still creatively active. This art show portrays the livelihood and vibrancy that fills this community.”
“This is such a colorful and interesting event, and one to which all of the staff and residents look forward to each year,” said Robert Seidman, executive director of Woodland Pond. “The Kaleidoscope of the Arts gives the residents the opportunity to showcase their passion, their work and their talent. We all enjoyed this year’s showcase and the premiere of Dick’s book as well.”