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State group will feature artwork by Orchard Manor resident

Susan Christie created this artwork that will be featured in the 2017 “Art From the Heart” wall calendar.

Staff Reports Posted 30 September 2016 at 11:55 am
Provided photo: Orchard Manor Administrator Martin MacKenzie, left, is pictured with resident Susan Christie. Jamie Murphy, Orchard manor’s activities director, is in back.

Provided photo: Orchard Manor Administrator Martin MacKenzie, left, is pictured with resident Susan Christie. Jamie Murphy, Orchard manor’s activities director, is in back.

MEDINA – Susan Christie, a resident of Orchard Manor Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Medina, was recently honored at a reception to celebrate her artistic achievement.

Christie’s artwork is one of 13 chosen of 87 submissions that will be featured in the 2017 “Art From the Heart” wall calendar.

The art competition is sponsored by The Foundation for Quality Care with the New York State Health Facilities Association.

“Art From the Heart” is an opportunity for residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities in New York state to share their artwork.

Christie, a self-taught artist since the age of nine, said she has used artwork to help cope with abuse she experienced in her past.

“I express myself through my art,” she said. “The more I express myself, the more I blossom and heal.”

Jamie Murphy, Orchard Manor activities director, encouraged Christie to enter the contest. Murphy asked Christie what she enjoys most about creating art. Christie replied, “I like to start with a piece of paper and end up with a face staring back at me or a pretty picture.”

Proceeds from the Art From the Heart calendars will benefit the Foundation for Quality Care.

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