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My book, Aging Artfully, is about the twelve women aged 85-105 who inspired this work. It’s also about promoting positive healthy aging for the general public, and for advocating involvement with the creative arts in retirement years. It’s never too late to start something new…it could prolong your life!

The women demonstrate optimism. Whether you call it healthy aging, creative aging, aging gracefully, successful aging or just plain aging well, the women artists in the book, Aging Artfully: 12 Profiles of Visual and Performing Women Artists 85-105, which (usually) includes a CD by Frances Kandl entitled, 7 songs of Women’s Lives, and Greg Young’s accompanying DVD, Still Kicking, are exemplary role models for all of us.

I created Project Arts and Longevity out of my love for stories, and for passing on the legacies of women artists, and to find some answers to how to age gracefully. So far, three PAL projects are out in the world:

  • Aging Artfully: Profiles of Visual and Performing Women Artists 85-105, the book by Amy Gorman.
  • Still Kicking a film by Greg Young.
    http://www.goldenbearcasting.com
  • 7 Songs of Women’s Lives, a CD by Frances Kandl. Currently, we are continuing to meet and interview healthy elders who exemplify an active artistic “third age.”

It’s that kind of spirit I found in all the women I interviewed. Inspiration, Optimism, Creativity. Resilience. Where there’s an obstacle, these role models find a way around it. The women artists demonstrate for Boomers and the rest of us, that there are ways to promote healthy aging through a positive attitude. May they give you inspiration for aging gracefully, aging positively and aging artfully

Amy Gorman won a coveted bronze IPPY Award for her book, “Aging Artfully: 12 Profiles of Visual and Performing Women Artists” in the category of Women’s Issues.

In the process of interviewing many artistic women over 85, I met Greg Young, http://www.goldenbearcasting.com. Young, a Boomer just in retirement from UC Berkeley, had recently finished a documentary of the eccentric Mary Beth Washington, a storyteller on the Aging Artfully cover. He was ready for his next film and what emerged is Still Kicking, which follows 6 of the 12 women in the book, all over 90. “I’ll never look at an old woman the same way again,” said one male viewer. “You never know what’s behind that face.” The film to date has screened in 14 International Film Festivals.

A while ago I gave a presentation to Boomers and others in retirement, and during the discussion one woman near the front piped up. “I’m 95,” she said, “and I’m a painter but I can no longer paint with my right hand. That’s not going to stop me. I started painting with my left hand.”

It’s that kind of spirit I found in all the women I interviewed. Inspiration, Optimism, Creativity. Resilience. When there’s an obstacle, these role models find a way around it. The women artists demonstrate for Boomers and the rest of us, that there are ways to promote healthy aging through a positive attitude. May they give you inspiration to age gracefully, age positively and age artfully.

We mourn the losses of Faith Petric on October 25, 2013 at age 98 (born September 13, 1915), Frances Catlett on April 22, 2014 at age 105 (born July 3, 1908), and Mary Beth Washington on September 4, 2014 at age 92 (born April 4, 1921).

Contact Information for Amy Gorman:
Phone: 510-527-4973
FAX : 248-671-0488
amygorman@agingartfully.com

6 comments

  1. Adam Golinski says:

    I like this new WordPress site! Can you tell me if there is an age minimum for joining one of your life review classes?

  2. Amy Gorman says:

    Thanks for your comment.
    Yes, the minimum age is 60.

  3. gretchen gold says:

    love the new look! But, you are missing images on contacts and buy page!

    Congratulations on this transformation.

    Gretchen

  4. Amy Gorman says:

    Thanks for the comment. We will try to correct this problem as soon as possible.
    Happy Holidays!!

  5. Ellen Pechman says:

    Hi Amy, I am a new arrival in the Bay Area (living for now in Richmond), having relocated as a celebration of my 70th year from the Bethesda MD area at the end of this past August. I am definitely a strong subscriber to your work, your blog, and your blog. I am a educational policy researcher by profession, currently developing a documentary on an early civil rights action in MD out of which SNCC was formed… and I’m studying and working on developing my hand and my control of the paint brush both at Richmond Arts Center and with the East Bay Figure Painters. I credit a lot of my energy to my commitment both to a solid and growing yoga practice and to my slowly emerging experience as an artist. I would love to meet up with you and others who subscribe to this blog – and to learn a little more about how I might be supportive of your effort.

  6. Amy Gorman says:

    Hi Ellen-
    Congratulations on your move to the Bay Area and thanks for your comment. Sounds as it you are fully engaged and moving ahead with projects you love. Wonderful!
    If you are interested in writing about your life stories please do get in touch again. Most of my current energies are taken with facilitating non-judgmental, safe groups for people over 60 wanting to get their stories down on paper. No need to be a writer to do this…wishing you good things in 2015, Amy

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