Who We Are

Mary Beth Flynn
Founder / Owner
Therapeutic Art Specialist

Mary Beth Flynn received a degree in Human and Environmental Sciences from the University of Missouri in 1981 and worked as a commercial designer for a number of years.

In 1995 Flynn began working as a professional watercolor artist and developed a nationally recognized house portrait business.  During that time Flynn also began working as a caregiver for seniors and grew increasingly aware of the growing need for creative and meaningful activities for older people.

Artfully Aging was founded in 2009.  It was through having an extensive art background, experience working with seniors and a desire to contribute to society that Mary Beth’s vision for Artfully Aging emerged.

Laura Schmid, ATR-BC, LPC
Therapeutic Art Specialist

Laura Schmid is a Board-Certified Art Therapist and LPC. She has spent the last twelve years designing, leading, and implementing an art therapy program for older adults to support them through life transitions. Through her work she has discovered that in the later years there is a strong desire for learning, creative expression and finding meaning in one’s life history.

In 2007 Laura received her Master of Arts in Art Therapy Counseling from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. During her internship experience, she found working with older adults to be an enjoyable gift as well as a natural fit.

In the summer of 2019 Laura joined Artfully Aging to continue serving older adults throughout the St. Louis area. She believes that everyone at any age can express themselves and deserve the opportunity to experience the joy of creativity. She looks forward to using her art therapy training to deliver quality programming that will enhance the life of each participant.

Caitlin McCall, BFA
Therapeutic Art Specialist

Caitlin McCall received her BFA from UMSL in 2008. She spent 10 years teaching art to preschool through high school students in rural Missouri. Throughout her years in public education, Caitlin has been an active member of the Missouri Art Education Association, the Professional Learning Community, Positive Behavior Support Intervention Team, and many local arts organizations. Caitlin’s teaching philosophy focuses on the artistic process and using art as a means of therapy.

In the summer of 2019 Caitlin joined Artfully Aging. She is thrilled with her new direction of serving the St. Louis senior community. Passionate about reaching seniors in every level of care, Caitlin believes that the creative outlet is an excellent healing tool. Caitlin is excited to use her experience connecting with participants of all types in order to bring artistry and laughter to the St. Louis senior community.

Tina Bales
Therapeutic Art Specialist

Tina Bales has over 33 years of experience as a professional floral designer; 24 of which she owned and operated Country Lane Florist & Gift -Shoppe in Fredricktown, MO.  Country Lane serviced several nursing homes in Fredricktown and the surrounding area.  As Tina realized the joy her floral designs brought to recipients she became aware of her own desire to work with seniors in a meaningful way.  In 2018 she sold Country Lane and began her new career path of serving seniors.

Tina began working with Artfully Aging in January 2019.  She has found that her creative talents translate seamlessly into her new role of delivering therapeutic art programs to seniors  residing in every care level.  Tina is passionate about working with this population and believes that everyone deserves to be treated with kindness and dignity.

Starting spring 2019 Tina will bring Artfully Aging to southeastern Missouri.

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