Jun 05

Join me and the Regional Arts Commission as we discuss “Unleashing Joy Through Creativity” Friday, June 7

Join me and the Regional Arts Commission as they discuss “Unleashing Joy Through Creativity”


Please join me and the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis (RAC) for an engaging conversation and panel discussion with local scholars, professional artists and medical experts as they explore the connections between art and healthy aging this Friday, June 7 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at RAC (see address below). “Unleashing Joy Through Creativity” will focus on the benefits of living a creative life and the programs available for seniors who are interested in furthering their work as artists.


The free event comes as a special presentation of RAC’s “Hal Poth: Off the Wall” exhibition. Over the span of more than 80 years, Hal Poth produced thousands of pieces of art, creating a majority in his retirement years. Poth recognized the value of art making and encouraged people to pursue the arts and reap the benefits at any age.


Guests will be able to explore the exhibition and purchase Hal Poth’s artwork during the event. All proceeds benefit local nonprofit arts organizations. Admission is free.


What:  “Unleashing Joy Through Creativity,” a panel discussion exploring the connections between art and healthy aging


Who:   Moderator:

  • Brian D. Carpenter, Ph.D., professor of Psychological & Brain Science and faculty fellow at Village Residential Community and faculty lead for Educational Initiatives at Washington University’s Center for Aging.



  • Lynn Friedman Hamilton, executive director, Maturity and Its Muse



  • Philip Dennis, MD, a general practice physician in Wood River and East St. Louis with more than 62 years of diverse medical experience, including mental health. Dennis also trained at People’s Art Center, where he specialized in sculpture.
  • Sun Smith-Foret, MSW, MFA, a professional studio artist, teacher and independent curator with experience in textile construction, quilts, sculpture, functional and amuletic objects
  • Betsy Solomon, MA, a 25-year veteran in nonprofit work with experience in older adult programming and services. Solomon has also held teaching and curatorial positions with the Saint Louis Art Museum and Laumeier Sculpture Park.


Where: The Studio at the Regional Arts Commission

             6128 Delmar Blvd.

St. Louis, MO 63112


When: Friday, June 7

4 p.m. to 6 p.m.



May 22

St. Louis Strutters to take to The Silver Stages E. Desmond Lee Stage on June 5

Make plans to attend the final Silver Stages performance of the spring 2019 season.

Come be entertained by the world famous St. Louis Strutters!

St. Louis Strutters Wednesday, June 5
The Strutters have been performing fast tapping precision dance routines with a rich history of skill and dedication to their talent for thirty years. Fashioned from the early 1900’s – to Jazz – to Broadway this high-kicking chorus line perform rhythm tap dances with style and glamour.
E. Desmond Lee Auditorium The Missouri History Museum Lindell & DeBaliviere in Forest Park
Doors Open: 10:00 AM Performance: 10:30-11:30AM     Admission is Free    Handicapped Accessible
Information: Lynn Hamilton 314-420-1444 lynn@maturityanditsmuse.org
We are “Making St. Louis a great place to artfully age!”
Maturity and Its Muse gratefully acknowledges the support of the Delmar Gardens Family in making these programs happen.

May 19

Dynamic Event Upcoming at St. Louis County Library

Hi All. Our friends at the St. Louis County Library have asked me to share this great learning experience opportunity with you. If you know of others you think will enjoy this, here’s hoping you will share with them. Thx for all, Lynn Leadercast Women_Rock Road 5-21-19

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.     

May 11



Late St. Louisan’s original artworks will be showcased in a gallery exhibition and
sold to benefit
local nonprofit arts organizations

ST. LOUIS (May 9, 2019) — The Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis (RAC), the largest funder of the arts in the St. Louis region, announced today a new exhibition, “Hal Poth: Off the Wall,” to open May 31 at The Gallery at RAC. The exhibition features a curated selection of original artworks – including paintings, works on paper, three-dimensional sculptures, wood carvings and more – donated to RAC by the late St. Louis visual artist Harold “Hal” Poth. Artwork will be offered for purchase with proceeds benefiting local nonprofit visual arts organizations.

“Poth wanted to ensure that proceeds of the sale of his collection served to encourage people, particularly youth and senior citizens, to enjoy the benefits of art making,” said Felicia Shaw, executive director of RAC. “Exhibition attendees will have the unique opportunity to take Poth’s art, often characterized as whimsical and playful, off the wall and into their homes to support local arts organizations and the great work they are doing in the community.”

The exhibition, curated by Stefanie Kirkland, will group the works by medium and theme to give visitors a sense of the wide range of subject matter and creative approaches Poth explored during his lifetime. It will also provide a platform for discussing aging and creativity, demonstrating people have the capacity for imagination and innovation throughout every stage of life. 

In June, RAC will host two panel discussions featuring individuals and organizations committed to supporting and enhancing the lives of artists. Both panels are free and open to the public:  

  • “Unleashing Joy Through Creativity” (June 7, 4-6 p.m.) – The first panel will focus on the  benefits of living a creative life and the programs available for seniors who are interested in furthering their work as artists.
  • “Creating a Living Legacy” (June 14, 5-7 p.m.) – The second panel will center on artists’ legacies and provide tips for artists of all ages to protect and preserve their works of art during their life and after.

Poth was born in St. Louis in 1924 and graduated from Washington University’s School of Fine Arts with a degree in design in 1947. He worked professionally as a commercial artist and art director for H. George Bloch and Mel Roman Advertising in St. Louis before starting his own company, Visual Communications, in the 1960s. He passed away Feb. 24, 2017.

In 2017, RAC was gifted more than 2,000 works of art from Poth’s estate with instructions that the items be sold and the net proceeds allocated to support the artistic development of youth and seniors. Nonprofits benefitting from the sale of Poth’s work include:

  • All the Art, the Visual Art Quarterly of St. Louis
  • Art St. Louis
  • Art Unleashed, Inc.
  • Artists First
  • Artscope – South City Open Studio and Gallery for Children
  • Central Print
  • COCA-Center of Creative Arts
  • Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
  • Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design
  • Critical Mass for the Visual Arts
  • Design Build Workshop – Building Futures
  • Freedom Arts and Education Center
  • Good Shepherd Arts Center
  • International Photography Hall of Fame
  • Intersect Arts Center
  • Laumeier Sculpture Park
  • Maturity and its Muse
  • South Broadway Art Project
  • Springboard to Learning
  • St. Louis Artist’ Guild
  • St. Louis ArtWorks
  • The Luminary
  • Urban Artist Alliance for Child Development, Inc.
  • Yeyo Arts Collective

The opening of the exhibition of “Hal Poth: Off the Wall” will take place on Friday, May 31 from 5:00pm-7:00pm. The exhibition will run through June 22. 

The Gallery will be open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., beginning June 3 through June 21 and Saturday, June 22 from 12pm – 7pm to coincide with the Delmar Loop Arts Festival. 

Admission is free.

For more information on the exhibition, visit www.racstl.org.

May 01

News from our friend, Stray Dog Theatre’s Gary Bell

We get emails. Here is a recent one from Maturity and Its Muse’s special friend: “Hi Lynn, Gary Bell here from Stray Dog Theate! I wanted to tell you about our Silver Stage Senior Theatre presentation of Macbeth which runs MAY 3 at 8 PM May 4 at 8 PM and May 5 at 2 PM at Stray Dog Theatre 2336 Tennessee Avenue STL, MO 63104  Please pass on the info and the attached Postcard to your people!  Hope to see you there! Tickets are $10.  Thanks! Gary

Apr 22

You are invited to be a ballerina for the morning

Please join Vanessa Woods, director of Vitality Ballet for this FREE exercise program on Thursday, April 25
PS. I’ll be there, too. Kim Hudson of Fox2 News joined us to have fun and give this a shout out. Hope you will as well…ballet steps are all the rage for a wonderful way to exercise.

Vanessa Woods teaching Vitality Ballet. Pratt + Kreidich Photography.

10:30am / “Enjoy being a dancer for a day!” Vitality Ballet Exercise Class / COCA — Center of Creative Arts, 524 Trinity Ave, St. Louis, MO 63130, USA (map)

Vitality Ballet Exercise Class. Come enjoy being a dancer for the day! Vitality Ballet will be participating in this year’s Celebrating Art for Senior Engagement festival by hosting a modified ballet exercise class open to the community. The class will consist of ballet steps and stretches all set to music working on posture, flexibility, coordination, balance and strength. The class will be taught by a former professional dancer and can be done seated or standing to accommodate all levels. No dance experience is necessary. Guests are encouraged to wear something they’re comfortable moving in. Class to be held in the newly-renovated Staenberg Performance Lab. The Millstone Gallery will be open for attendees to visit after the class. Parking available in the nearby garage. For additional information, please contact: Vanessa Woods info@vitalityballet.com

Apr 15

Saturday, April 20 at St. Louis County Library, you are invited to come experience Maturity and Its Muse

Saturday, April 20 at St. Louis County Library, please come experience “Maturity and Its Muse: the power of aging creatively!”

Panel members will be stars from our film: Phillip Dennis, MD, Sun Smith-Foret, Barbara Holtz, and Suzanne Marshall.
Looking forward to greeting you there!

Apr 08

Thank you “West End Word” for wonderful words about 4th annual CASEfest

CASEfest Arts Event April 18-28 In St. Louis

10-day festival features more than 50 events

  • Apr 3, 2019

CASEfest – Celebrating Art for Senior Engagement – will be held April 18-28 in venues across St. Louis. Now in its fourth year, CASEfest is the premier area-wide festival dedicated to art and seniors in the region.

More than 50 events, including lectures, art shows, performances, theater and classes will take place at dozens of venues during the 10-day event. CASEfest offers opportunities for senior involvement in the arts and encourages increased quality of life experiences.

Presented by the nonprofit Maturity and Its Muse, CASEfest will showcase creative work, promote arts-related aging programs and feature positive images of and for the senior community to build respect and understanding between generations.

From the Saint Louis Art Museum, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis and other area galleries to St. Louis County Library branches and more, events can be found for people of all abilities and interests, including intergenerational opportunities.

Among a host of events is a documentary screening April 20 at 2 p.m. at St. Louis County Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd., featuring “Maturity and Its Muse: The Power of Aging Creatively.” A panel discussion follows, with an engaging group of notable St. Louisans including artist Sun Smith-Foret, one of the founders of the West End Word newspaper.

Events are continuously being added; find an up-to-date calendar online at maturityanditsmuse.org/calendar. The majority of events are free; however, a few may cost or ask for pre-registration.

CASEfest is sponsored by Maturity and Its Muse, a 501 (c)(3) not for profit organization that promotes positive, productive aging through the arts.

Visit maturityanditsmuse.org for more information.

Mar 18

The Silver Stages: Have YOU Heard What They Are Saying?

Hi everybody. Last week we hosted “Forever Young.” How wonderful that the chorale groups received the accolades they deserved. Comments ranged from:

“I just wanted to thank you again…

We all left with a happy head and heart. The singers and conductor were

Delightful” ~ S.C

“What a wonderful way to hear our favorite…Oklahoma!” ~ M.P.

“Thank you for a beautiful morning.” ~ J.H.

Hope you were in our audience. If you couldn’t make it, please save Wednesday morning April 3 for MPAC!

MPAC                                                                                Wednesday, April 3

The Missouri Pageant Alumnae Club (MPAC). These Award winning, talented, and gorgeous gals are state & US. pageant award winning singers, dancers, baton twirlers, piano players.

E. Desmond Lee Auditorium               

The Missouri History Museum Lindell & DeBaliviere in Forest Park  

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

Handicapped Accessible

Information: Lynn Hamilton 314-420-1444                       


We are “Making St. Louis a great place to artfully age!”

Maturity and Its Muse gratefully acknowledges the support of the Delmar Gardens Family

in making these programs happen.

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