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June 29, 2015

Portrait of a Renaissance Man

Following an accomplished career as a physicist, Sylven approached retirement as a time to embrace new (and renewed) artistic endeavors. Picking up from the music lessons of his sylven-and-nick_IMG_0359-and-1523_300w-416htyouth, he purchased a Steinway and started taking piano lessons. He also enrolled in painting classes.

Given the breathtaking beauty of his works, one could easily believe Sylven took a lifetime to cultivate his talent. Each week he and his Care Partner Nick Biscardi visit the Sirovich Senior Center, which offers art classes Monday-Friday. Nick sets up the canvas and paints, and leaves the rest to Sylven. “You could call me the producer, but the star of the show is Sylven.”

Sylven paints in many styles, but has a special fondness for abstraction. Interestingly, he never signs his works. “I do that intentionally so that each painting can be rotated and viewed from different perspectives.” Many of his works employ clean lines and geometric patterns. Sylven doesn’t have a particular premise behind this aesthetic, but believes these “structured” patterns are a homage to his background in physics. read full article »

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May 19, 2015

Chelsea Gallery Tour

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In what unfolded as an afternoon of discovery and adventure, the Renewal Care Foundation sponsored a tour of Chelsea art galleries the afternoon of Saturday, May 16th. Our group was lead by Lynne Mayocole – a sculptor, lecturer, and long-time member of Soho’s avant-garde community. The itinerary included the James Cohan, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, and Max Greis galleries, among others. It was a closely-knit selection of venues on 26th and 27th Streets, making the tour manageable for individuals with physical limitations. read full article »

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March 9, 2015

Brian Harris and Music Therapy

Brian Harris, MT-BC, LCAT, works with clients from diverse backgrounds in his field of Music Therapy. He has special expertise working with people with Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias; people who have suffered from strokes; children with developmental disabilities and Autism; and survivors of trauma. Renewal Care Partners supports the work of Brian and others in this field.
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Brian is nationally certified and licensed to practice music therapy in New York State. He holds a master’s degree in music therapy from New York University and currently teaches there as well as being an international lecturer on music therapy. Prior to his private practice, Brian worked in the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine at the Beth Israel Medical Center. He also led the Pavarotti Music Center’s music therapy department in Mostar, Bosnia. ABC News, NY1, and the New York Daily News have featured his work.  return ››

Visit Brian’s website brianharris.org.

January 2, 2015

Happy Holidays from Renewal Care!

cpb_HOLIDAY-Card-squash5_white_L-R-v2We wish you and your family peace and well-being in 2015!

Colleen Pike Blair created the artwork shown here to convey the essence of care partnership as we start the new year. Created in watercolor painting, Colleen’s work expresses the warmth, connectedness, and serenity of care partnership. read full article »

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