Residents of Rose Schnitzer Manor recently participated in an afternoon of art and appetizers! Zidell Hall was filled with RSM residents enjoying wine, appetizers, piano music, each others’ company and most especially art work made by their talented neighbors!
Around 30 residents submitted artwork in various mediums. There are so many great people living at Rose Schnitzer Manor and some really great artists too! All in all, it was a wonderful resident art show. Thanks to everyone who submitted their art and all who attended.
We want to send a BIG THANK YOU to Sam Ellenby! His 8th grade Capstone Project at Portland Jewish Academy (PJA) brought in over $1,300 and equipment for Cedar Sinai Park’s Music & Memory program!
Sam has always had an immense passion for music and a strong belief in the effects it can have on a person’s life. “After seeing this movie, Alive Inside, I was instantly moved by the idea of the massive potential for this form of therapy and wanted to take action in my community,” Ellenby stated. “I am putting on this benefit in hopes of spreading the word to the community, as well as being able to gather donations for the Music & Memory program at Robison. I hope to help show the world how transformative a pair of headphones and an iPod can be for people living with dementia.”
Sam’s event was a huge success!
Thank you so much! Great job, Sam! Thanks also to everyone who took the time to come and support Sam and this program. We thank you for your time, financial and equipment donations.
About the film ALIVE INSIDE is a joyous cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music. His camera reveals the uniquely human connection we find in music and how its healing power can triumph where prescription medication falls short. An uplifting cinematic exploration of music and the mind, ALIVE INSIDE’s inspirational and emotional story left audiences humming, clapping and cheering at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award.
Bill Stinnett served the Cedar Sinai Park organization for many years as both Robison Jewish Health Center’s Chief Financial Officer for over 21 years and then as Assistant Chief Executive Officer.
Bill retired earlier this year, but you can still sometimes see him in a meeting here or there on the CSP campus.
To commemorate all of his hard work and devotion over the years, Board member Eddy Shuldman made a beautiful glass art piece for his retirement gift. Here is part of her tribute to him published on her blog:
“I was so proud to be asked to make a piece of glass to honor this man. Bill isn’t Jewish but because he served the elders of this Jewish community, the staff and board wanted to honor him with something that was Jewish but also touched on his own Christian faith.
Read the written document Ms. Shudman crafted to accompany the glass piece, here. Check out her beautiful glass art work as well while you are on the blog!
Born in San Antonio, Texas, Olive Eng’s parents were originally from the Guangzhou province of China. Olive grew up with a unique blend of both eastern and western influences. The family moved to California when she was a teenager. After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree from UCLA and her Master’s Degree from USC, Olive worked for the LA City Schools for 20 years. When it came time to retire, Olive moved north to Portland and moved into the Rose Schnitzer Manor. She began dabbling in painting, taking collage and water color classes at the Multnomah Art Center (MAC). Over time, Olive really began to develop her distinctive style of art using a blend of paint — both acrylic and water color — colored papers, print material and other mixed media.
Peter Blanchard helps out with Olive Eng’s Art installation at Cedar Sinai Park, with her daughter Caryl Hoffman.
Olive has shown her work at the Pacific Art Guild in Los Angeles, the Festival for the Arts in Lake Oswego, the Oregon Society of Artists, the Ageless Art Exhibit, part of the Oregon Alliance of Senior and Health services (now LeadingAge Oregon), and in 2011 had her first solo exhibit at Stonehenge Studio in John’s Landing. CSP is excited to have Olive’s Asian Collage Series “East Meets West” currently showing at the Rose Schnitzer Manor.
The annual Creative Writing Program of LeadingAge Oregon (formerly the Oregon Alliance of Senior & Health Services, or OASHS) has been going strong since 1993. Talented residents of Robison Jewish Health Center and Rose Schnitzer Manor have been participating in the program for many years.
We are proud to announce the following Cedar Sinai Park residents have been selected as winners in the LeadingAge Oregon Creative Writing Contest:
- Marion Gans – “Assisted Living”
- Diane Budner -”You Can’t Run with a Piano”
- Murray Kaufman – “A Conversation with Tu Fu
- Sam Berry – “The General’s Son”
Marion Gans and Sam Berry’s short stories will be read at a recognition luncheon honoring all winners on Thursday, February 27 at Friendsview Retirement Community in Newberg, Oregon. All entries were required to be original works, written at the age of 60 or older, previously unpublished, and submitted in electronicForm. The contest was open to all residents of LeadingAge Oregon member facilities.
A very significant donation of 37 works of art has been made in the name of the late Manuel, Morris, Gilbert and Leonard Schnitzer, their families and MMGL Corp., announced David H. Fuks, Chief Executive Officer of Cedar Sinai Park, recently. The collection includes a variety of artists and styles; all connected to the Pacific Northwest, including pieces by Louis Bunce, Michael Dailey, Joan Mitchell, Michele Russo.
Art fills the hallways waiting for installation
“This gift is a remarkable addition to the art on our campus and will enrich the lives of those we serve and their families for generations to come,” stated Mr. Fuks in making the announcement. “In addition to the intrinsic value of the presence of this beautiful artwork, it will be useful to our program staff as a part of the education and art therapy work done on our campus.”
“We hope that the lives of the residents, visitors and the entire community will be enhanced by these special works of art that have been part of our families for many years,” said Gayle Romain of the Schnitzer Family.
A new piece of art enhances this hallway space at Robison Jewish Health Center.
The Schnitzer Collection will be installed throughout the Cedar Sinai Park campus: displayed at the Rose Schnitzer Manor, Robison Jewish Health Center and Kehillah. This artwork will be part of Cedar Sinai Park’s permanent collection.
“We are deeply grateful to the families of Manuel, Morris, Gilbert and Leonard Schnitzer for their support of the work done on our campus,” said Paul Frisch, Cedar Sinai Park Board Chair. “This beautiful artwork is a concrete manifestation of the commitment of this exemplary family.”
“This wonderful donation of art will not only be visually enjoyable for all residents and visitors but will also greatly enhance and beautify the interior of our home. The artwork will remind us that we reside in a beautiful and wonderful community,” said Arnie Silver, President, Rose Schnitzer Manor Resident Council.
Art is beginning to be installed all over the Cedar Sinai Park campus. More details soon.