Residents Express their Creativity in Carlyle Place Art Studio
Resident Gail Rabai first picked up a paintbrush in an art class more than 25 years ago. Fortunately, for Carlyle Place, she kept on painting. Over the years, her passion for art has helped create a designated art space that all residents can enjoy.
Carlyle Place has always been a community that focuses on the needs of its residents so when Rabai lobbied for a dedicated art studio, she received a supportive and positive response. Her vision and support for artistic expression have helped make that space a reality that now benefits everyone in the community.
When Rabai first moved to Carlyle Place, she taught art classes in the activity room. The accommodations and supplies weren’t ideal given the room was never intended to be used as an art studio. With Rabai spearheading an effort to create a designated space for artistic and other creative endeavors, her dream became a reality when Carlyle Place dedicated a newly designed Art Studio & Gallery in late 2018.
The new space is filled with classes two to three times a week, seating 10-12 artists comfortably. Two long tables and two artists desks provide ample seating for a variety of artistic endeavors. The creative projects in the space have ranged from quilt making to a variety of painting techniques ranging from pastels to acrylics or Rabai’s personal favorites, watercolors, and landscapes.
“It is a fabulous room with great lighting, appropriate furnishings, and good storage,” said Rabai.
In addition to the studio, there is an Art Gallery Wall that exhibits selected artists each month. The featured artists have included residents as well as their family members.
Although Rabai considers herself an artist and has even sold a few of her paintings and created greeting cards, she says that art is still primarily a hobby that she enjoys immensely.
“Painting is my outlet. It’s how I relax,” said Rabai. “ Painting allows me to go to a place and just clear my mind.”
Rabai hopes that more residents will continue to experience the benefits of creative projects in this artistic space. For more information on Carlyle Place or questions regarding its activities and amenities, contact Kimberly McGinnis at 704-405-4500.