Artfully Aging is a watercolor art program designed for seniors of all skill and care levels. Our holistic approach makes each art session a meaningful and therapeutic activity. Since 2010 Artfully Aging has been a pioneer in promoting creative aging in the St. Louis senior community. In the face of the recent pandemic and in an effort to continue our mission of serving seniors, Artfully Aging has developed a fully automated online program. This will allow us to serve an ever expanding number of seniors and senior communities.
The goal of Artfully Aging is for each participant to tap into their individual creative nature while experiencing a sense of joy and empowerment through participation. Our training videos are designed to provide activity staff and/or caregiver’s practical watercolor knowledge as well as insightful approaches to working with all levels of senior care. Our mission is to provide quality programming along with practical hands on training to ensure all participants can realize the many possible benefits.
Artfully Aging believes everyone is an artist and that enjoyment and healing can come to all who participate. Studies show that participation in the arts has positive outcomes for seniors. In the “Creativity and Aging” study led by the late gerontologist Dr. Gene Cohen, results found that seniors who engage in professionally led creative arts programs show overall improved emotional and physical health.
Mary Beth Flynn received a degree in Human and Environmental Sciences from the University of Missouri in 1981. For many years, while raising children, she worked as a commercial designer and a professional watercolor house portrait artist.
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. While serving the St. Louis senior community for over a decade Artfully Aging brought watercolor art programming to over 45 senior living communities. In the face of the 2020 pandemic Artfully Aging discovered that it not only had to pivot but also had to automate in order to continue serving the senior care community. In early 2021 Artfully Aging launched its’ new business model ready to serve seniors everywhere.
Therapeutic Art Specialist / Production Coordinator
Kris graduated from Webster University in1999 where she obtained an Undergraduate Art Therapy Certification as well as a degree in Psychology. Having worked in various educational and art settings Kris has worked with children through older adult populations. Pottery, textiles and painting are Kris’ favorite art mediums to work in.
Bonnie Walbran is a Psychologist and Health Care Provider licensed in both Missouri and Illinois. She earned a Ph.D in Physiological Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis Missouri in 1977. For the last 20 years she has been in private practice serving residents in St. Louis area nursing homes. Prior to that, she was a Research Assistant in Epidemiology, Chief Psychologist at St. Louis Developmental Treatment Center, Alton Mental Health Center and Coordinator of Rehabilitation Psychology at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis. Having worked for many years with the senior population, developmentally delayed individuals and others with serious medical conditions, Bonnie has seen first hand how art activities provide an unparalleled therapeutic outlet for all who engage.