Reflections on Art

Reflections on Art was inspired and conceived by Darby Cartun, a Greenwich resident, who wanted to share her passion for art with the elderly. Each week she comes to The Greens at Greenwich and takes residents on a 30 minute journey into the world of art. Residents enjoy the lively interactive time as Darby guides them through paintings from Rembrandt to Pollak, all reproduced on large boards. Conversations begin, “Let’s look at what we see. What clues does the artist give us? What can we find out about the painting?” Sessions always end with two paintings as residents are asked, “Which one do you like.”

Darby Cartun

Darby relates a story about a resident with dementia and her connection to an artist during a field trip to the permanent collection at Nueberger Museum of Art at Purchase College. The resident upon entering the collection looked at Darby and said, “I recognize that artist. We talked about him.” The artist was Jackson Pollak and indeed Reflections on Art had featured him in an earlier session.

The weekly innovative program has created new ways to touch residents, tap old memories and create community. Darby says, “ I know everyone’s name and have found that I get so much from the program and relationships myself. The Greens at Greenwich was the first place I did Reflections on Art and now 8 years later I am doing the program in other locations. But The Greens will always be special. It was my first venture into this area. I love the small intimate size of the community and look forward to Mondays for our art reflections. I feel like I am visiting my family, as the residents have become like my aunts and uncles.”

Darby Cartun has been a Greenwich resident since the 1970s. She raised her family here, has been very active in community organizations and many people recognize her from her local radio show, Darby and Friends. “Greenwich is the best place in the world to grow old”, she said.