New art program is dedicated to bringing more art, to more places, for more people.

Art has been an important part of Ovation Communities since our inception. Lifelong learning in the arts has the power to engage residents as teachers, learners and creators, allowing them to make a meaningful impact on their own lives and the broader community. While this passion for enriching lives through art isn’t new, the art|ovation program is.

The excitement of a new exhibit, the magic of meeting the artist at an opening reception, the opportunity to add high-quality artwork to a private collection – these are just some of the reasons why the program is so popular.

Under the skilled direction of the Art Committee, chaired by Judy Margolis, Ovation is expanding the art experience and building a lasting program that will benefit residents, families and the community for many years to come. “Opportunities for exhibits are all around us,” says Ms. Margolis. “We exhibit exceptional art that comes from a variety of sources – our residents, their families, our employees, members of Wisconsin’s rich artists’ guild, and even museums.” Recent exhibits have featured work by prominent Milwaukee artist Barbara Kohl-Spiro, French artist Jacqueline Cabessa Redlich, and Wisconsin photographer Tom Bamberger. Many artists enhance their exhibits by offering special workshops and tours exclusively for Ovation residents.

All exhibits are open to the general public free of charge. Charming cafés are open most days at both the Milwaukee and Mequon campuses, so exhibit visits can easily be combined with lunch or dinner with families. “We love it when people come in to check out our exhibits,” says Randy Crosby, staff liaison to the Art Committee. “This builds important bridges to the community, sparks conversations and helps people understand what Ovation is all about – enjoying life to the fullest.”

Innovation is an important part of art|ovation. One example of this is Chai Point’s unique Artist-In-Residence program. In a special collaboration with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts and Creative Trust MKE led by professor Anne Basting, each year one of the school’s art students actually lives at Chai Point and works directly with residents on a one-to-one basis to create and enjoy art. Using a cozy art studio set up exclusively for this program in the main lobby, residents are able to interact with the artist on a regular basis. “Our residents absolutely love the Artist-In-Residence program,” says Tricia Cohn, Executive Director of Chai Point. “It gives them meaningful opportunities to experience art and connect with others that are just not available at other senior living communities.”

There are a variety of ways to get involved, from helping to leverage community partners, to lending art for temporary exhibits, to sponsoring permanent galleries. To learn more, contact Randy Crosby at 262-894-5407.