At the Gran Villas, a residential care facility located in Neosho, residents had the opportunity to pick up a paintbrush and test their artistic skills.

At the Gran Villas, a residential care facility located in Neosho, residents had the opportunity to pick up a paintbrush and test their artistic skills.
Six residents gathered in the facility's living room space for an art project, something that Community Relations Director Carman Williams said that many enjoy.
The project was open to any of the residents who wanted to participate. A canvas was provided to each one with a seasonal motif penciled in place as a guideline.  Since it's March, the drawing featured a shamrock with a rainbow above.
Paints and brushes were provided and residents were encouraged to be as creative as they wished, going with traditional colors or creating a color scheme of their choice.
"Green, orange, and white are popular colors this month," Williams told the residents.
"What's the order of the colors for the rainbow?" resident Greg Bennett asked.
Another resident, Norma Powell, named them in rapid sequence. The colors of the rainbow, for readers who wonder or weren't aware there is an official color designation, are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.
Styrofoam plates were used as palettes as staff and volunteers assisted putting dabs of paint in place. From there, residents could combine primary colors to create other shades. Both dark and light green paints were available.
One resident, Mildred Glover, was celebrating her birthday on Friday while another, Norma Powell, celebrated her 95th birthday on Saturday.
"I came to Neosho as a child in 1935," Powell remembered. "I've been here ever since and I'm still here."
The residents seemed to enjoy the chance to get creative. Their finished paintings were set aside to dry and were returned to them to be displayed in their rooms.
Plans are to make the art project an ongoing activity with themes matching observances during the month. In April, Williams suggested it might be eggs and bunnies. "Bunnies don't lay eggs," Bennett said with a laugh.
Residents who participated were Wilma Knoll, Norma Powell, Mildred Glover, Becky Powell, Warren Stogdill and Greg Bennett.
Gran Villas is an assisted living facility located at 420 Lyon Drive in Neosho, and is a division of Medicalodges Incorporated. Gran Villas Neosho has a staff of highly skilled professionals who assist residents in achieving their highest possible level of physical, emotional and social well-being. As a Gran Villas division of Medicalodges, Inc., Gran Villas Neosho is 100% employee owned. Each and Staff members have a personal, vested interest in providing the highest level of quality care to the residents.
For more information about Gran Villas, phone the facility at 417-451-7071.