The holidays are a time of year steeped in memories, tradition, and culture. Depending on where you are in the cycle of life, the significance of this time of year will be vastly different. It might be represented by a tree heaving with ornaments, presents, and a jolly, red-suited man in a chimney. It could be associated with tables and tables of cookies and treats. Maybe it’s the only time you’ll wear that ugly sweater. Or it might signify something simpler, like freshly fallen snow on a silent night.
As you age, the holidays don’t necessarily lose their meaning, however they do take on a different significance. Whatever this time of year means for you, there is no greater form of expression than art to tell your story.
Revera’s retirement homes are filled with both budding and accomplished artists and that becomes abundantly clear each year when we launch the annual Holiday Card Challenge. Revera residents have so many unique interests, talents, and passions. Through a focus on Active Living in our retirement homes, we look for opportunities to unleash that passion, to uncover what makes our residents tick.
Now in its seventh year, the annual Holiday Card Challenge opens the creative floodgates for our resident artists to bring the season to life, using their preferred medium. The winning designs are printed onto paper or digital cards to express the best of the season to our employees, residents, and family members.
We have learned there is no shortage of talent walking the halls of Revera’s retirement homes. This year we received more than 50 entries from resident artists across the country. With that, here are the winners of Revera’s 2022 Holiday Card Challenge:
Beatriz was born in Manilla, Philippines, and moved to the United States in 1962. Eventually she would move to Montreal in 1964 where she worked as a registered nurse, before settling in Toronto in 1980.
Although she didn’t start painting until the 1990s when she was in her 60s, Beatriz always had an interest in art. She has a connection to nature and especially likes painting open air scenery in water colour and oils. She is mostly self-taught, but she also took classes for two years at Central Tech Art Centre in Toronto. She has also done water colour paintings for the Canadian Botanical Society, specifically for “Canada Blooms” and has some of her work on display there.
Beatriz lives at Revera Don Mills Seniors' Apartments in Toronto.