How we and our loved ones approach aging and end-of-life decisions is a topic that impacts us all.
The Humanities Council has awarded a grant to Arts on the Edge Wolfeboro for The Art of Last Things: Conversations and Resources for Living and Dying Well. The project begins with an exhibit of the work of
fiber artist Deidre Scherer. Scherer's thread-on-fabric images will be on display daily from Friday, May 1
through Tuesday, June 16 at the First Congregational Church, 115 South Main Street in Wolfeboro.
Scherer will present a talk on her work on Tuesday, June 16 at 7 p.m. at the First Congregational Church.
Scherer will be joined by Elizabeth Nordbeck, Moses Brown Professor of Ecclesiastical History at Andover
Newton Theological School in Newton Centre, MA. The exhibition and Scherer's talk are free and open to all.
Deidre Scherer has dedicated her art to making visible the lives, needs, and gifts of the elderly. She uses fabric
for her paint and "draws" with scissors to tell the end-of-life story. Scherer invites viewers to see the full arc of life, highlighting the place and value of elders. In colors and rich texture, she calls us to envision a natural life;
a life lived to a normal conclusion, not cut short by violence or tragedy. Scherer brings a sense of beauty and dignity to the experience of aging and death. Scherer's work has been shown in over two hundred exhibitions worldwide including solo exhibits at the Baltimore Museum of Art; the Maltwood Art Museum, Victoria, BC;
and the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse. In 2007, she was featured in Camilla Rockwell's documentary,
Holding Our Own, which was screened at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and aired on Vermont Public Television.
The event also includes a series of workshops on end-of-life planning. Learn more here.