‘They’re not alone’: Seniors get unexpected gifts from Canadian artists during pandemic

What started as a phone to local artists, inquiring for donations of Canadian artwork to seniors’ residences, has blossomed into a countrywide information of assist to enable the elderly know they haven’t been neglected through the coronavirus pandemic.

Finding a way to assist

Toronto-based artist Margaux Smith and curator Tadum Dooley needed to uncover a way to assist seniors who have been amongst the toughest strike through the crisis and isolated from loved ones.

When they started inquiring artists on social media final month for is effective of art that could cling in a resident’s area, they have been confused by the reaction.


Artists response the phone

Between the Canadian artists who donated get the job done is Toronto-based Ibrahim Abusitta. 

(Submitted by Ibrahim Abusitta)

‘Bit of time-travelling’

This painting called Dancing Pair was amongst Abusitta’s six choices.

“It is intended to glance like a nostalgic period, maybe the ’60s, maybe ’50s, so I was hoping there would be a minor little bit of time-travelling in viewing the get the job done and distract from the present time,” he stated.

(Ibrahim Abusitta)

Exhibiting care

At her studio, Smith gathers piles of donated artwork — some of which were done by seniors themselves — and spots them in frames.

“I assume it really is just one of quite a few strategies that you can show care,” she stated about the challenge.

(Submitted by Margaux Smith)

Seniors serving to seniors

Toronto artist Carolina Gajardo, 66, jumped at the probability to assist fellow seniors. As a former refugee from Chile, she stated, “I hope that they acquire a information that they are not on your own. I assume that is essential in any tough situations that folks you should not experience … they are remaining powering.”

(Submitted by Carolina Gajardo)

To start with recipients

Fudger Dwelling, a publicly funded seniors’ facility in Toronto, been given the to start with batch of art donations on Tuesday. A sign outside reads: “We love health and fitness-care staff.”


Making connections

Smith and Dooley, who are receiving artwork from throughout Canada and all-around the world, plan to donate to other seniors facilities as effectively.


Prospect for friendship

Some have involved handwritten notes, like this one from artist Brenda Forbes, and even return addresses to inspire a letter exchange.

(Tatum Dooley)

Artwork finds new residence

Dooley holds up a framed piece of art by Gajardo, part of a series called Spring and one of 5 alcoholic beverages-ink works she donated.


Taking safeguards

Through the shipping and delivery procedure, Dooley and Smith maintain physical length from workers associates and put on masks. Team sanitize what enters the facility in advance of distributing the exclusive items to seniors.

(Tatum Dooley)

Particular shipping and delivery

Gajardo’s print will make its way into the arms of Maureen Law, one of the inhabitants at Fudger Dwelling. A reminder that even if isolated, she and her fellow inhabitants are not on your own.

(Town of Toronto)