Gallery Named for Art Therapy Pioneer

Residents, staff and guests celebrated the creative spirit of art therapy pioneer and long-time Judson Park resident Dr. George A. Streeter on Thursday, June 19 with the dedication of an art gallery in his name.

An inaugural exhibit showcasing over 50 works of art by Judson residents, staff and volunteers, runs through September 30, 2014. Some of the art work is for sale with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Judson’s Creative Arts Fund.

An artist and psychoanalyst, Dr. Streeter founded the nationally recognized studio-based model of art therapy. After moving to Judson Park in 1999, he worked tirelessly with both administration and residents to establish Judson’s Creative Arts Therapy program, motivating others to contribute time and raise funds to cover the cost of instructors and supplies.

He was a role model and inspiration to all, actively bringing residents to Judson’s Expressive Arts Center and guiding them with support and encouragement. Even after losing his vision and enduring significant declines in health and cognition, he continued creating and connecting with others through his art. He died in 2013.

“If you’re not an artist when you move here, you will be soon,” said Judson Art Therapy Coordinator Cathy Bryan, who knew Streeter for nearly 40 years. The spirit of Streeter’s advocacy was obvious in the rich cross section of art on display in the gallery’s first exhibit.

Perennial art therapy volunteer and paper artist Nancy Kermode was so inspired by the program that she decided to move to Judson Park. Kermode, along with Bryan and Dr. Streeter’s daughter, Barbara, ceremoniously cut the ribbon, opening the exhibit for eager attendees.

The Expressive Arts Center is a second home to resident Audra Rose, a watercolorist who worked as a fashion illustrator in New York City for the Associated Merchandising Corporation back in the day. A few of Mrs. Rose’s nature-inspired watercolors are included in the show.

“We’re getting to know each other in different ways through our art,” commented Bryan.

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