Art is for everyone at Sunshine Place

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Art Association of the Philippines president Fidel Sarmiento with Sunshine Place president Lizanne Uychaco

Art Association of the Philippines president Fidel Sarmiento with Sunshine Place president Lizanne Uychaco

Art knows no boundaries—or age to be exact—at Makati City’s Sunshine Place, a renowned recreation center for adults and elderly.

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Located along Jupiter St. in Bel-Air, Sunshine Place showcased the latest works from its art class program through an exhibit that became a graduation ceremony of sorts for 19 senior participants.

Without formal background in painting, the “graduates” amazed family members and friends with their remarkable oil pastel and acrylic paintings.

Master painter and Art Association of the Philippines president Fidel Sarmiento succeeded in drawing out the artists in them by facilitating weekly art workshops.

At the core of the workshops are mentoring sessions in hands-o n techniques, basic strokes and mixing colors. Originally created for the senior members of the center, the workshop has been opened this year to all adults and young-adults as well.

Luisita Guerrero, one of Sunshine Place’s newest members and art exhibit participants admitted she “didn’t know anything about painting; it was my husband who’s an artist.” But on the first day, “Fidel advised us to use an inspiration and we were able to produce an artwork after our first day of class.”

Erlinda Tan’s ‘My Memory  of the Garden’

Erlinda Tan’s ‘My Memory
of the Garden’

“I will definitely continue participating in the art classes here,” Mrs. Guerrero adds. “Sunshine Place is where seniors like me can learn something new.”

Sunshine Place, a senior recreation center under the Felicidad Tan Sy Foundation, is a venue for adults to live actively, through engaging in recreational classes and age-appropriate physical training programs. It is the venue to be entertained, to socialize and to reflect; a place of happiness and wellness for one’s mind, body and soul.

Besides the art workshops, the center offers a wide range of activities for its members and guests. There are iPad classes, Ikebana (Japanese art of flower arrangement) tutorials, monthly health talks, games and hobby clubs.

There is always something new to learn: music classes and voice lessons; Jazz, Yeba and social ballroom dance classes; a 10-session course in Tai Chi; nutrition counseling and customized fitness training programs. One can also take time to reflect in the chapel that is open every day and holds a 12:15pm mass every Friday.

For the rest of 2015, Sunshine Place will also be holding Young at Art: Acrylic lessons for 8- to 18-year-old participants, and basic Chinese painting classes.

The center also offers venue rentals with its roof deck complete with amenities that are ideal for private parties and corporate functions; and a dance studio for dance practices or fitness training sessions.

For more information, visit the Sunshine Place at #56 Jupiter St., Bel-Air, Makati City; call 856-4144 and 0917-5155656; or e-mail seniorhubjupiter@gmail.com.

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