Local artists donate their works to bring joy to nursing home residents

Recently RFBI Bellingen Masonic Village underwent refurbishments to update a wing of the village and create a more modern and inviting space for residents and guests.

Upon hearing of the refurbishment works, local artists joined forces to contribute a selection of personalised artworks and residents have just loved them.

"As we all know, artwork can really lift a space," commented Sue Beehag, General Manager of RFBI Bellingen Masonic Village.

"We are blessed to have such talented artists within our local community and we are extremely grateful to Pia Dollmann and Polly Wells for arranging the artworks, creating the exhibition and bringing so much joy to us all."

The idea of having the artwork collection displayed in the refreshed wing of the village was put forward by Pia Dollmann, a regular visitor and friend of the Village.

"I was inspired to initiate this art exhibition at RFBI Bellingen Masonic Village when I heard about a similar program run at Queensland's Children's Hospital. The program was a great success and showed to have a significant impact on the lives of children staying at the hospital," Pia said.

"I thought it would be great for residents in the Village too! Art brings the outside in, brightens the corridor and encourages the imagination. This applies to people of all ages, not just children."

Local artist and friend, Polly Wells, contributed her artistic perspective and connection to the local arts community to collect the generous donations for the Village. Polly also reached out to the Urunga Art Space and Nexus Community Gallery who kindly contributed picture-hanging hardware and additional artworks.

"As soon as the first pictures went up we knew it was going to be a success with the residents," said Pia.

"The pictures looked fabulous and residents kept coming over to enjoy them."

"I do like the paintings, they make the place look colourful," said Maria Laginha who has lived at the Village for over a year.

Long-time resident, Trevor Miller, is equally impressed with the artwork. "The new room I have is great and I love the paintings - they certainly brighten up the place."