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2012 Senior Living Art Showcase

ALFA Senior Living Art Showcase

The winners have been chosen for the ALFA Senior Living Art Showcase. With 571 votes, Betty Finstad's painting, Southwestern Serenity, has won the ALFA Senior Living Art Showcase Fan Favorite Grand Prize and Robert Wilson’s, Adorable Child Exploring the Beach was chosen as the ALFA Senior Living Art Showcase Grand Prize winner by a distinguished panel of judges. ALFA sponsored painting events for Robert Wilson’s and Betty Finstad’s senior living communities to celebrate their achievements and the community spirit of senior living. Congratulations to Betty and Robert! Both winning pieces, as well as the 29 other finalists, were showcased during COMMUNITY 2012, the ALFA Conference and Expo.

Resident Artists in the News!

Learn more about resident artists who participated in the 2012 Senior Living Art Showcase, by following the media coverage of their stories. 
Active & Engaged Seniors, Art Showcase In the News
ALFA has announced the two winners of the ALFA Senior Living Art Showcase, an art competition celebrating the arts in senior living communities. Recei...
Art Showcase In the News
Betty Finstad "started six years ago. She was never an artistic soul, but she decided to give it a try," Wickett said. "She has probably painted a tot...
Active & Engaged Seniors, Art Showcase In the News
Mimi Miller, a resident of Brightview Country Club Heights, is a finalist in the Assisted Living Federation of America’s (ALFA) leading art competitio...
Active & Engaged Seniors, Art Showcase In the News
It was a good thing his mom named him Art, said Art Cole as he stroked a brush through burnt umber oil paint and daubed it onto a canvas. He sat at a ...

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The art showcase was open to all residents of senior living communities to celebrate seniors’ continued zeal for life and community. Through 2012’s theme, carpe diem, residents were asked to answer the question: “What makes a pleasant day for you?” Finalists were honored at COMMUNITY 2012, the annual ALFA conference and expo, and two grand prize winners each received painting parties for their whole community in honor of their talents and to encourage further community engagement.

More than 200 residents of assisted living, independent living, and memory care communities submitted artwork for inclusion in the ALFA Senior Living Art Showcase (See all entries here). ALFA received submissions from residents from 23 companies across the country and around the world. View the full list of participating companies. 31 works of art were chosen as finalists and are currently visible on ALFA’s Facebook page.

As a senior living professional, you have seen the difference art can make in a resident’s quality of life. Art can be a therapeutic tool or a challenging and enjoyable hobby. Art can connect residents through discussion or facilitate introspection. Art serves many purposes, and is a critical part of many seniors’ lives. Through the ALFA Senior Living Art Showcase, ALFA hopes to encourage residents to use art as one way to live life to the fullest.


The winners of 2012's showcase are Betty Finstad's painting, Southwestern Serenity, and Robert Wilson’s painting, Adorable Child Exploring the Beach. Thank you to all the residents that participated in this year's showcase. ALFA received a number of beautiful pieces, demonstrating the artistic ability and creativity present in senior living communities. All semi-finalists are posted to ALFA's Facebook page. Please encourage your friends and families to enjoy participants' artwork at alfa.org/facebookart.

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Jaclyn Allmon, Assisted Living Federation of America Jaclyn Allmon, CAE LinkedIn icon
VP, Marketing & Membership

ART Showcase Sponsor
For Love and Art

Senior living communities are vibrant, and full of talent. Thank you For Love and Art for helping ALFA spotlight the artistic talent of seniors in its first ever Art Showcase. The Art Showcase was available for viewing at the ALFA 2012 Conference & Expo.