The Light of Provence recently came to The Greens at Greenwich with an Art Exhibition and Presentation featuring recent works by Jill Steenhuis and Sergio Ruffato. Jill is an Atlanta native and has lived in Aix-en-Provence, France since 1980 painting the landscapes of Provence. Her work has been exhibited in major American cities as well as Aix-en-Provence and Paris. Sergio Ruffato, Jill’s son, is a Franco-American artist born and raised in Aix en Provence. His metal sculptures are beauty in movement through the manipulation of metal.
Serendipity played into the colorful evening as Greenwich resident, Lois de la Haba met Jill in Aix en Provence earlier this year. Their connection and Lois recent loss brought them together and resulted in The Light of Provence Comes to The Greens as an honor to Joseph Greco, Lois’ husband who passed away earlier this year. Joining The Greens in partnership was the Alzheimer’s Association/Connecticut Chapter.
Jill captures the essence or Provence with her own personal poetry and vibrant energy. She took us on her personal journey as she talked about “Cezanne and Van Gogh through the Artist’s Eyes.”
“Nature is my dancing partner and we are waltzing together to bring a new poetry to canvas with wild brushstrokes, movement and freedom of soul. But where are you in all of this? You are with me waiting for the new. With your own sensations, each of you is contemplating my work and with your own poetic response, you complete the dance. Hope abounds and we all go on to a higher plane, facing our daily struggles with new strength.”
“My journey has been the spiritual pursuit of my soul and my raison d’être through art and nature.”
Attendees at the event included residents, friends and family of The Greens and the community as well as some of Jill’s Sweet Brier classmates, Lois de la Haba’s friends and several people who have visited Jill in Aix-en-Provence. Delightful appetizers prepared by The Greens Chef Michael were enjoyed by guests along with prosecco. A portion of the sale proceeds went to the Alzheimer’s Association.
“It was a magical evening,” said Maria Scaros, Executive Director, The Greens at Greenwich, “Stories and the arts are a beautiful part of our journey at The Greens. Extraordinary artists, Jill and Sergio, sharing their passion with our residents and the community was a joyful night for all.”