May 12

Maturity and Its Muse announces…

we will be curating “Unleashing Joy Through Creativity” panel discussion for The Regional Arts Commission on Friday, June 7 at 4pm.

I’m excited to share the names of panelists and moderator for “Unleashing Joy Through Creativity.” Here’s hoping you make plans to attend what plans to be an exciting conversation about creativity.

Moderator: Brian D. Carpenter, PhD
Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences
Faculty Fellow, Village Residential Community
Faculty Lead for Educational Initiatives, Center for Aging
Washington University in St. Louis


Phillip Dennis, MD  General Practice specialist in Wood River and East St. Louis, Illinois. He attended and graduated from Meharry Medical College School Of Medicine in 1957, having over 62 years of diverse experience, especially in General Practice, mental health issues. Sculptor. trained at People’s Art Center.

Sun Smith-Foret, MSW, MFA  Professional studio artist, teacher and independent curator. Has been formally active in textile construction, quilts, sculpture, functional and amuletic objects since finishing graduate school at Washington University. 

Betsy Solomon, MA has worked in the rewarding non-profit world of older adult programming and services for 25 years – including various roles at the Shepherd’s Center beginning in 2007. Her prior professional life included Education Manager for St. Louis Regional OASIS as well as teaching and curatorial positions with the Saint Louis Art Museum and Laumeier Sculpture Park. In addition to working with older adults, Betsy is an art historian and continues to teach an ongoing schedule of art history classes for St. Louis Community College, OASIS and various other community organizations.

Curator: Lynn Friedman Hamilton, executive director, Maturity and Its Muse, with the mission to promote positive and productive aging through the arts. Maturity and its Muse began as Lynn’s way of exploring the question of how the resourceful, energetic lives and experiences of mature, seasoned artists can serve as positive, productive examples of aging for all of us. Lynn’s activities in improving the quality of life for seniors earned her the 2016 Woman of Achievement Award in recognition of her Services to Older Adults. She is active in the community as a juror, curator, and board member of several organizations.     

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