News-Times features work by Beehive residents that showcase artistic talent

by: NEWS-TIMES PHOTO / CHASE ALLGOOD - A closet-full of beautiful shoes, reimagined as canvasses for art by local dementia patients, are on display through November at the News-Times office this month. Residents of the Beehive, a local care facility that specializes in caring for patients with varied levels of dementia, will display their latest art projects in the News-Times’ front window through November.

The approximately 22 residents at the beehive came up with their own designs and concepts, and transformed shoes into works of art. “We told them to make a shoe from their life,” said Beehive Administrator Kathleen Leatham. “Each of them dug back inside themselves and found the shoe they wanted.”

The Beehive staff provides individualized care programs that include arts activities and exercise for residents in an effort to relieve some of the symptoms of dementia, including the scared, angry and sad emotions that often accompany such conditions.

Leatham said she hopes community members will view the display and gain a better understanding of all that dementia patients are capable.

There was a full house on Oct. 18 at the display event at Beehive, designed to inform the community about dementia conditions and the care associated with it while encouraging others to “take a walk in their shoes.” Resident artists’ other works were also on display, and included landscape scenes of Washington County.

They “had remarkably colorful lives and that is expressed in these shoes,” said Leatham. “This shows the creativity in this phase of life they were handed.”

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