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TUCSON, ARIZ. – The work of 12 artists in residence at Watermark Retirement Communities is featured in Expressions 2019, a full-color wall calendar celebrating active aging and the arts. This inspiring calendar, now in its 19th edition, showcases paintings, sculptures, quilts, ceramics and other creations submitted by artists both amateur and professional. All of the artists reside at a Watermark retirement community, where they have abundant opportunities to connect with other artists and explore a variety of creative, social, educational and cultural pursuits.

Featured artists for 2019:

Featured Artist                 Title                                          Community, City, State

Sarah Guerrero                Hong Kong by Night               The Watermark at Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills, CA

Wayland Gardner             Grand Canal, Venice               The Fountains at Bronson Place, Kalamazoo, MI

Rosemary Weiler              End of Summer                        St. Andrews Village, Aurora, CO

Richard Cowen                 Sleeping Cat                            The Fountains at Crystal Lake, Crystal Lake, IL

Shirley Nemetz-Ress        Magenta 1                                 The Fountains at Millbrook, Millbrook, NY

Irene Majnarich                 Red Flowers                             Pacific Regent Bellevue, Bellevue, WA

William Blumenstein         Quiet Waters                            The Fountains at Lake Pointe Woods, Sarasota, FL

Dolores Cole                     Roses                                        The Watermark at Rosewood Gardens, Livermore, CA

Ed Grey                             Lonesome Cabin                      Legacy at Erie Station, Henrietta, NY

Stella Szemela                  Four Rutabagas                       The Fountains at Boca Ciega Bay, St. Petersburg, FL

Mack Gay                          Flagmarsh                                The Fountains at The Albemarle, Tarboro, NC

Eileen Wilcox                    Rising from a Watery Sleep    The Fountains at Greenbriar, Independence, MO

In addition to the 12 featured artists named above, 24 more artists residing at Watermark communities were awarded Honorable Mentions.

“Art is an ageless form of self expression and we’re pleased to be able to share the beautiful artwork of 36 of our talented residents in this year’s calendar,” said David Barnes, President and CEO of Watermark Retirement Communities. “Personally, I find their life stories every bit as inspiring as their art.”

Among this year’s featured artists are a 97-year-old former actress who uses a special grip and a paint knife to create her art, a lifelong artist born in French Morocco, and a man who created his winning needlepoint entry by remembering how his mother worked with needle and thread two decades earlier.

“We are honored to serve such an outstanding variety of people in the work that we do and these exceptional artists stand out as excellent role models for thriving, well beyond retirement age,” Barnes said.

Complimentary copies of the Expressions 2019 calendar are now available at more than 50 Watermark retirement communities coast to coast. For a complete list of locations, please visit watermarkcommunities.com. To view the calendar and submissions by location, visit the online gallery at watermarkcommunities.com/expressions-2019-celebrating-active-aging-and-the-arts/.


About Watermark Retirement Communities, Inc.
Watermark’s commitment to creating extraordinary and innovative communities where people thrive® dates back more than 30 years to 1987, when it opened its first retirement community. In 2018, the American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA) ranked Tucson-based Watermark Retirement Communities as the nation’s 13th leading seniors housing operator. A privately held company with a reputation for service, innovation, integrity and financial stability, Watermark Retirement Communities® manages 51 communities coast to coast. Watermark’s unrivaled team of associates is proud to deliver award-winning programs like Watermark University, Thrive Dining™ and more. More about Watermark.

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