An abstract work by Tom Walsh, 86, one of the artists exhibiting their work at Waterfront Village. Courtesy of Waterfront Village

By Southwester Staff

On June 7, Waterfront Village will host an evening of art and community at the “Expressions of a Lifetime” art exhibit, showcasing the talents of artists age 60 and older from the Southwest and Navy Yard neighborhoods. The event will take place from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at St. Matthew Church, 222 M Street SW.

“At Waterfront Village, we recognize that creativity has no age limit,” said Pam Troutman, executive director of Waterfront Village. “Through ‘Expressions of a Lifetime,’ we celebrate the wisdom, passion, and talent of local older artists who continue to inspire us all.”

The exhibit will include a range of artwork, including sculpture, mosaic work, and paintings in acrylic and watercolor. 

The local artists showing their work include Tom Walsh, 86, of Southwest DC. As a graphic designer, Walsh studied art in college but didn’t start painting until he was in his 60s. Since then, he has exhibited at galleries in Philadelphia and Washington, most recently at the Martha Spak Gallery at the Wharf and the Hill Center in Capitol Hill. Walsh recently donated a painting that hangs in Whitman Walker’s Max Robinson Center in Anacostia.

“Seniors have all this energy and years of experience expressed in their artwork,” Walsh said. “It is something to be admired, not ignored.”  

The Waterfront Village exhibit will also feature a silent auction. Tickets are available for $25 and can be purchased Proceeds support Waterfront Village’s mission to help older adults in Southwest and Navy Yard stay in their own homes as they age, with strong community support.

The art will remain on display for an open house on Saturday, June 8, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday’s event is free and open to the public, with donations gratefully accepted to support Waterfront Village.

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