Jul 23

@RACStLouis has a new initiative EVOKE.RACSTL.org #artnstlou #StLouis

Hello: the Regional Arts Commission has launched a new initiative…EVOKE. Below I share an email that I received announcing the goal of developing a comprehensive cultural plan for the region. Want to be part of and pleased with the end result? Of course, you do! So, be certain to follow the link below to participate in RAC’s anonymous survey. Take the chance to add your two cents…I just did! Thanks.



A few weeks ago, the Regional Arts Commission (RAC) launched EVOKE, a new initiative established to develop the first comprehensive cultural plan for the region. As part of the planning process, we will be soliciting the feedback of thousands of residents about the value of the arts in their lives and the relevancy of the arts to issues that would make St Louis a better place to live. When we complete the plan early next year, we hope to have a bold set of strategies that will transform the way RAC does business and reposition St Louis as an exciting mecca for the arts.


As a member of the RAC staff, I am really excited about the next phase of EVOKE.  Over the next few months we will be out and about in neighborhoods throughout St. Louis City, County and the metro east. We know we will not be able to meet with every resident in the region, but we can connect with even more of our residents through surveys. We are asking everyone to complete our online survey.


I would very much appreciate it if you would complete the survey and let your voice be heard. You can reach the survey by clicking on this link. It takes less than 10 minutes to complete – about the same amount of time to drink your morning coffee! It isn’t often that we have an opportunity to shape the future of St Louis with such a simple task. And when you complete the survey, if you would forward it to others in your network to complete, we would be even more grateful.


To learn more about EVOKE, please visit our website where you will find information regarding events, convenings, and updates on what we are hearing and learning from conversations in the community.


Thank you in advance for your willingness to support this worthy cause by sharing your ideas. Hope to see you soon!”



Dan Tierney
Chief Financial Officer
Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis

Jul 10

We join with @ArtStLouis to present “Maturity and Its Muse: Celebrating Artistic Experience” #artistmuse #artnstlou

Attention all St. Louis area artists over age 70. Art Saint Louis is now accepting entries for this juried exhibition. Entries close September 1, 2017. Below is the link for all the information you will need to know. This is the second iteration of the show. The first exhibited in April 2016 was extraordinary! Jurors are: Hannah Klemm, Assistant Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, Saint Louis Art Museum and Lynn Friedman Hamilton, independent curator and executive director of Maturity and Its Muse (hey, that’s me). What are you waiting for?!? I just heard a great quote the other day…”if you give something a try, you have a 50% chance of succeeding. If you don’t give it a try, you have a 100% chance of failing.”

You can find the Prospectus and info online here: http://artsaintlouis.org/index.php/2011-10-08-03-21-13/calls-for-entries/696-call-for-entries-maturity-and-its-muse-celebrating-artistic-experience

I’ll look forward to seeing your art!

I wish you all the best,


Jul 05

The Silver Screen Series Returns for Its 5th Season #swelderly

We are pleased to announce!

Silver Screen Series Returns to Creve Coeur for Fifth Season

Maturity and Its Muse, along with the City of Creve Coeur Arts Committee, will host a series of film viewings and discussions on Mondays in September. The free series will focus on films that explore positive aging themes. Each film will conclude with an optional discussion between attendees and filmmakers, academics, and artists. All screenings will be held at AMC Creve Coeur 12, 10465 Olive Blvd., from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Doors open at 12:30 p.m.

The schedule will be as follows:
September 11: Lady in the Van
Based on a true story, a London playwright (Alex Jennings) develops an unlikely friendship with Mary Shepherd (Maggie Smith), a homeless elderly woman who lives in a van in his driveway for 15 years. Smith previously portrayed Shepherd in the original theatrical production in 1999, earning a Best Actress nomination in the Oliver Awards, and in a 2009 BBC Radio adaptation.
September 18: I’ll See You in my Dreams
After realizing how routine her life had become, a long time widow (Blythe Danner) begins relationships with two very different men (Martin Starr, Sam Elliott) and discovers that life can begin anew at any age.
September 25: The Notebook
In a nursing home, resident Duke reads a romance story to a woman suffering from senile dementia with memory loss. The story revolves around a millworker (Ryan Gosling) and a rich girl (Rachel McAdams) who are torn apart by social differences and war. Based on the novel by Nicolas Sparks.

Thanks to the generosity of AMC Creve Coeur 12 and the City of Creve Coeur, the Silver Screen Series is offered free of charge to the public. These events would not be possible without the support of our community partners: OASIS, Cinema St. Louis, and The Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging at Washington University.
For more information on the series, please contact Lynn Hamilton at lynn@maturityanditsmuse.org or (314) 420-1444 or Bess McCoy at bmccoy@crevecoeurmo.gov or (314) 442-2081.

Jun 05

The Silver Stages@mohistorymuseum Pageant of Ms. Sr America Queens #stlouis #productiveaging #havefun

Hello All:

June 7 is our final Silver Stages for Spring 2017 season


Wow. Do we have an amazing show for you!

Pageant of Queens Wednesday, June 7

Royalty on our Silver Stage. Each Queen performs her winning talent, that she won her Ms. Senior Missouri title with…

opera singers, jazz singers, dancers, and Queens that play a variety of instrument’s.

Featuring our newest Queen, Peggy Lee Brennan, who also won the National Title MS. SENIOR AMERICA.

E. Desmond Lee Auditorium The Missouri History Museum Lindell & DeBaliviere in Forest Park

Admission is Free Doors Open:10:00 AM Performance:10:30-11:30AM

Handicapped Accessible

For Information: Lynn Hamilton 314-420-1444 lynn@maturityanditsmuse.org

Please see the attachment to learn more about our queens.

I look forward to greeting you and wishing you a fabulous summer.

I wish you all the best, Lynn


The-Silver-Stages-Pageant of the Queens

Apr 24

#CASEfest2017 #productiveaging our welcome mat is out!

“Making St. Louis A Great Place to Artfully Age.”


The welcome mat is out…Loads of venues to visit, people to see, fun to have…we hope you will put several of these on your calendars for the days ahead.

Thank you! Lynn


Monday, April 24, 2017

10:00 a.m.


Express your creativity by making an artful self-portrait.

Adults. Registration required.

St. Louis County Library – Cliff Cave Branch

5430 Telegraph Road

St. Louis, MO 63129


10:00 a.m.

Classical Art

There are 10 health benefits to painting. Bring your creative side, as we will be painting on small canvases and listening to classical music. Supplies provided. Presented as a part of the 2nd Annual Celebrating Art for Senior Engagement Festival from Maturity & Its Muse.

Adults. Registration required.

St. Louis County Library – Oak Bend Branch

842 S. Holmes Ave.

St. Louis, MO 63122



Join Sharonon Shatton as she presents on the beauty and history of ancient and modern Jewish Textiles found throughout the world.

St. Louis NORC

Jewish Community Center

2 Millstone Campus Drive

St. Louis, MO 63146


1:30 – 3:00 p.m.


Join us for a lively discussion about current events and any issues that affect our daily lives. Opinions expressed at the group are those of the participants and not St. Louis County Library.


St. Louis County Library – Meramec Valley Branch

625 New Smizer Mill Rd.

Fenton, MO 63026

2:00 p.m.

Galleries at Florissant Valley Community College

We will have 2 artwork exhibitions up. Our Annual Student Exhibit will be in our Contemporary Gallery and ‘Got Jazz’, an exhibit focusing on the improvisational aspects of Jazz music in gallery ADMIN. On view thru May 4. 2-4pm Mon-Th and 10-3 on Fri and Sat.

Contemporary Gallery (IR-111) & gallery ADMIN (2nd floor of the Administration building). For information: Deb Jenkins,  djenkins77@stlcc.edu

Florissant Valley Community College

3400 Pershall Rd.

St Louis, MO 63135


Tuesday, April 25, 2017


10:00 a.m.

Walkability of Your Neighborhood

Participate in a 1 mile guided walk to assess the safety for pedestrians in your community. Presented in partnership with St. Louis County Older Resident Programs (CORP) and Oasis.

Adults. Registration required.

St. Louis County Library – Lewis & Clark Branch

9909 Lewis-Clark Blvd.

St. Louis, MO 63136


10:00 a.m.

Coffee & Coloring for Mindfulness

There are 10 therapeutic benefits for coloring. Come join us for coffee, as we color for peacefulness and mindfulness. Supplies provided. Presented as a part of the 2nd Annual Celebrating Art for Senior Engagement Festival from Maturity & Its Muse.

Adults. Registration requested.

St. Louis County Library – Oak Bend Branch

842 S. Holmes Ave.

St. Louis, MO 63122


10:00 a.m.

ArtAGE Express

Express your creativity by making an artful self-portrait.

For information: Jenny Donaldson 314-628-1024

Art Unleashed

13379 Olive Boulevard

Chesterfield MO 63017


10:30 a.m.

A-Muse-ing Art

Daily Guided Tours

Explore art and artists that amuse, delight, and inspire in interesting and sometimes unexpected ways. These free docent-led tours of the Museum’s permanent collection galleries depart from the Information Center in Sculpture Hall and last approximately one hour. Reservations are not needed.

Saint Louis Art Museum

1 Fine Arts Drive, Forest Park,

St. Louis, MO 63110


12:00 p.m.

A Gallery Talk with artist, Barbara Holtz, and Olivia Lahs-Gonzales, Director of The Sheldon Art Galleries. The Sheldon Art Galleries presented an exhibit of Barbara Holtz’s work in the Fall of 2014, called Barbara Holtz: Retrospective. As a painter, Holtz’s expressive use of line and color, often with collaged elements, illuminate very personal narratives about family and her own inner world. A graduate of the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri in 1946, Holtz also studied at the New School of Social Research in New York from 1948-1949. She worked in New York as an advertising copywriter and a television production assistant. Born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1924, Holtz studied painting at Washington University in the early 1960s. A multiple award winner for her work, she has been included in numerous group exhibitions both nationally and internationally. In December 2016, Barbara Holtz celebrated her 92th birthday. For information: Paula Lincoln, 314-533-9900 ext. 37 or plincoln@thesheldon.org

The Sheldon Art Galleries

3648 Washington Blvd.

St. Louis, MO 63108


2:00 p.m.

Life Collage

Bring in pictures of yourself, we will make copies and help you assemble a collage illustrating the span of your life.

Adults. Room 1.

St. Louis County Library – Grand Glaize Branch

1010 Meramec Station Rd.

Manchester, MO 63021


3:00 p.m.

Book Bingo

Join us for an afternoon of bingo with books as prizes. Refreshments will be provided.

Ages 16 and up.

St. Louis County Library – Indian Trails Branch

8400 Delport Dr.

St. Louis, MO 63114


6:30 p.m.

150 Years of Missouri Fiddling 

Listen to live music celebrating the history of the fiddle and music in Missouri. Presented by Fiddle N’ Friends. Presented as a part of the 2nd Annual Celebrating Art for Senior Engagement Festival from Maturity & Its Muse.

All ages.

St. Louis County Library – Oak Bend Branch

842 S. Holmes Ave. St. Louis, MO 63122

Wednesday, April 26, 2017


10:00 a.m.

Walkability of Your Neighborhood

Participate in a 1 mile guided walk to assess the safety for pedestrians in your community. Presented in partnership with St. Louis County Older Resident Programs (CORP) and Oasis.

Adults. Registration required.

St. Louis County Library – Rock Road Branch

10267 St. Charles Rock Rd.

St. Ann, MO 63074


Wednesday, April 26 & Thursday, April 27. 10:00 a.m.

iPhone iOS 10 Have a new iPhone?

Learn how to set up email accounts, connect to the Internet, download applications, take pictures, use maps and operate Siri. And, of course, how to make and answer calls. This course covers the newer iOS iPhone apps including Health, Wallet, and using Apple Pay. Also included, tips to make your iPhone easier to see with larger text and graphics. Master all of the functions you need to get started! For information: 314-862-4859

St. Louis Oasis

50 Gay Avenue

St. Louis, MO 63105


10:30 a.m.

A-Muse-ing Art

Daily Guided Tours

Explore art and artists that amuse, delight, and inspire in interesting and sometimes unexpected ways.

These free docent-led tours of the Museum’s permanent collection galleries depart from the Information Center in Sculpture Hall and last approximately one hour. Reservations are not needed.

Saint Louis Art Museum

1 Fine Arts Drive, Forest Park,

St. Louis, MO 63110


10:45 a.m.


Attendees will enjoy  Alice Bloch and Dancers performing a selection of her dances and choreography by the historic modern dancer, Isadora Duncan.  A brief audience movement experience done in chairs will stress core strength, coordination and balance, stress relief, and the creative imagination.  Attendees will rediscover the joy of movement in a class especially designed for older adults.

Kirkwood Presbyterian Church

100 E. Adams Ave, St. Louis, MO 63122




1:30 pm

Behind The Scenes Tour”

Watch the Museum Set Up for Its Next Exhibit”

Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis

3750 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108

Reservations Required 314-420-1444

2:00 p.m.


2:00 pm

Gateway Harmonica Club

Performing a variety of golden oldies, ethnic music, show tunes and big band favorites.

All ages.

St. Louis County Library – Cliff Cave Branch

5430 Telegraph Road

St. Louis, MO 63129

Apr 21

Share & Win for #CASEfest & @slso St. Louis Symphony Tix for you

Find Us on Facebook

Celebrating Art for Senior Engagement
Share our #CASEfest2017 post and win tickets to hear our world class St. Louis Symphony orchestra!!!!!!

We are proud to announce that the 2nd Annual Celebrating Art for Senior Engagement festival will take place April 20-April 30, 2017. We want to help get everyone as excited as we are. We have teamed up with one of our CASEfest partners, the St. Louis Symphony orchestra, to help promote our Celebrating Art for Senior Engagement Facebook page (use #CASEfest2017)!

We will be entering all those who BOTH ‘Share’ and ‘Like’ our STL Symphony Facebook post for Celebrating Art for Senior Engagement into a drawing to win TWO complimentary tickets to a St. Louis Symphony orchestra concert.

Twelve eligible concerts are posted HERE ONLY!!!!

(exclusively on the Celebrating Art for Senior Engagement Facebook Page)

The tickets are valid for selected concerts through April 28, 2018. You must procure your tickets by September 1, 2017.

After being sure that you have ‘Liked’ our page you must ‘Share’ it, too.

We hope you will be on the lookout for our CALENDAR to find arts events, educational opportunities, and so much more. It is easily accessible using the ‘Learn More’ button. You will be amazed by the wide variety of programs our St. Louis arts’ community will be planning with you in mind!

Concerts Eligible for the Gift Ticket Program:

Mozart 40
Saturday, September 30, 2017

Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2
Friday, October 6, 2017

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Tchaikovsky 4
Friday, November 10, 2017

Vivaldi Gloria
Friday, December 1, 2017

Shostakovich 1
Friday, January 12, 2018

La Valse
Friday, February 2, 2018

Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1
Friday, March 2, 2018

Teuscher Sings Mozart
Friday, March 16, 2018

Pines of Rome
Friday, March 23, 2018

Night on Bald Mountain
Friday, April 20, 2018

Bruckner 4
Friday, April 27, 2018



We are proud to let you know about our 2017 festival media support from:

We are so enthused and thrilled to have Ladue News featuring CASEfest! It’s terrific to know that all the news about Celebrating Art for Senior Engagement will be available everywhere!

From their website:

“Ladue News has been a part of the St. Louis community for more than three decades. Throughout the years, we’ve tried our very best to honor our commitment to you by delivering the community highlights you’ve come to expect from our publication: unparalleled society and charity coverage, exclusive interviews with local and national luminaries, the latest in real estate, business and financial news, health innovations from our town’s top medical experts, home and design know-how, the freshest fashion looks and beauty picks, and the very best in dining, travel and entertainment.

We take pride in being your neighborhood paper. With a distribution of more than 45,000 papers every week, we delight in knowing that no matter where you live along St. Louis’ central corridor, there’s always a copy of Ladue News with your name on it.”



 Look out for more about the festival in future newsletters! We’ll have loads of events to share…so be sure to save room on your calendar for CASEfest
April 20-30.




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Maturity and Its Muse, All rights reserved.


Lynn Hamilton
(314) 420-1444

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Apr 20

It’s CASEfest Time

Hi Everybody: Today is the first day of Celebrating Art for Senior Engagement or CASEfest as loads of people are starting to call it. There are loads of events all over St. Louis city and county. for up to date listing of the events please visit maturityanditsmuse.org/calendar  Good news is that we are sharing information here about loads of the happenings. Thank you for attending. I look forward to greeting you…here, there, & everywhere! lynn

2.3 friends newsletterFirst 2017 Friends Newsletter

Feb 06

Yay Southview Assisted Living #Memory Care. We Love our Partners and their events!

s to Southview Assisted Living.

The Heart of ART. Intergenerational Art Show.

Saturday, February 18…Save the date!

Artists of all ages, live music, appetizers, and local wine.

Want to show your art? Contact them, 314-3322-2836.

Want to attend? 9916 Reavis Road, Affton, MO 63123.

SV Art Show Flyer_2017

Jan 27

#ArtAGE #Senior Self Portraits Making Memories…Join Us!

Maturity and Its Muse is excited to share ArtAGE with you. ArtAGE is the new component of the second Celebrating Art for Senior Engagement festival. We invite you and your friends, those you congregate with at church, or those you pal with to join others for ArtAGE…the first area wide showcase of St. Louis seniors creating self portraits. Please share this with all you know! Want to join in, but don’t have a group or a location…not to worry…we have community locations set up to welcome you!

Here’s hoping I’ll have the opportunity to see you or others you know see themselves as art!

I wish you all the best, Lynn

Join in ArtAGE fun!

Just the Facts!

Jan 25

It’s gonna be a gr8 Arts + Aging Year in #StLouis #artistmuses #Creativit&Art #Music&Creativity

I bet you like Music and I bet you like Art…You must be creative! If you are and/or want to learn more about these fields, then, please mark your calendars to attend two outstanding upcoming programs that will bring gentlemen who are tops in their fields to St. Louis for back to back wonderful conversations that are sure to please and inspire us all.

Pictured above is Jonathan Biss.

Mr. Biss will lead a discussion:

Late Moves: Music and Creativity, a panel discussion with Jonathan Biss


February 8, 2017 – 5:00pm
Goldberg Formal Lounge, Danforth University Center
Washington University
Free Event
The panel will ask and attempt to answer the following question:
“How does age impact the work of creative artists? Does an artist’s accumulated knowledge and experience, combined with a sense that the end of life may be near, create the conditions for especially intense or heightened expression? And how do these dynamics – common to artists of all kinds – play out in the realm of music composition?”
We are invited to join for a wide-ranging discussion of “late style” creativity with visiting pianist Jonathan Biss and Washington University professors Dolores Pesce and Brian Carpenter. Biss, an internationally-known pianist is coming to campus to play a solo recital exploring late works by Schumann, Chopin, and Brahms, has made an exploration of late style central to his performing in recent years. Biss has spoken of the surprising variety of “late style” expressivity.
Pesce, Avis Blewett Professor of Musicology, recently published a book titled Liszt’s Final Decade exploring the creative and personal ferment of the last years of composer Franz Liszt’s very long life.
Carpenter, Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences, will bring a social science perspective to the discussion from his work on the clinical psychology of aging and mental health issues at the end of life.

Todd Decker, professor and chair of music, will moderate.

This panel promises to be an ideal preparation for Biss’ solo recital on February 9 at 7:30pm at the 560 Music Center. 
For additional information on these programs, 314-935-5581 or music@wustl.edu

Here is Jonathan’s description of his work in this area, I am passing along just because I think it is so interesting:

“The question of an artist’s “late style” has long posed questions for art historians. What effect do years of accumulated knowledge and experience, combined with, perhaps, the realization that death is near, have on creativity? While this phenomenon can be observed in all art forms – think of Francisco Goya, whose “Black Paintings” were painted onto the walls of his house and represent a total retreat from the outside world, or James Joyce, who more-or-less invented a new language to write Finnegans Wake – it is particularly fascinating in the case of music, the most abstract of all the arts, and thus the richest in subtext. For years, I’ve been struck by how much of the music I’m most drawn to comes from near the end of its composer’s life. These works are so different from one another, but they are all hugely gripping. Playing Beethoven’s Op. 111, or Schwanengesang, I feel that I’m living in a heightened reality—it’s a dizzying, sometimes frightening, always enthralling experience.

“Since the 1500s, a remarkable number of composers whose late periods came as early as their 30s or as late as their 80s have found new forms of expression as they approached the ends of their lives. Still more interesting, the change is not consistent from composer to composer. Some become more concise; others, more expansive. Some become fixated on death, while others find an almost child-like innocence. Some wrote their most complex music in their late periods, while others pursued an extreme simplicity.”

What are the odds that we would welcome to St. Louis Jonathan on Wednesday, February 8 and on February 9 a man named Jon?

You will want to come to attend “Life-Story Art and Aging” at St. Louis County Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd., 63131 on Thursday, February 9 at 7:00 pm. For additional information: 314-994-3300 or slewis@slcl.org

Jon Kay

You are invited to explore everyday creative practices that help people as they age. Attend “Life-Story Art and Aging” to learn first hand how artmaking can help with recalling and sharing important memories and stories. The presenter, Jon Kay, is a Folklorist and author. His program is sponsored by the MO Folk Arts Program, the County Library, and the Missouri Arts Council. (So that you can have a preview of how approachable and friendly Jon Kay is, I’m attaching the link t flyer that came along to me and this up close and personal picture to the right.)


Life-Story art and Aging

Thanks for reading!

I’ll be there…hope you will, too!

I wish you all the best,



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