Operational Services Executive Anne-Marie Gillard revealed the ‘spectacular’ artwork at a special high tea which was held at the residential aged care facility in Woodcroft recently.
“The unveiling was a surprise for me just as much as the residents – and even more so as I was unaware of the beauty of the work from the residents themselves in forming this piece of art,” said Anne-Marie.
“It was very emotional seeing everyone’s names on the piece of work representing the female members of the Eldercare Cottage Grove community.
“This artwork is a celebration of women and all their roles and occupations – it was humbling and uplifting.”
Cottage Grove Site Operations Manager Helen Rex said the piece celebrated the ‘strength and resilience of women’.
“We wanted to include the whole Cottage Grove community in the development of a piece of art which encapsulated the many and varied roles that women have played in their lives,” said Helen.
“It made me very happy to see the residents’ smiles and their excitement when they found their name and the flowers they knitted.
“This artwork not only engaged everyone in a creative endeavour but it was also a very meaningful experience for the participants and those who view this celebratory piece.”
Cottage Grove Clinical Care Manager and artist Linda Turner painted the canvas with residents, family members and staff contributing many of the flowers.
“This project has tripled our knitting group – and these residents are now busy knitting poppies for Anzac Day.”
Cottage Grove resident Anne Sherrah, described the unveiling of the picture as ‘everything and more’.
“It was beautiful and I was lost for words,” said Anne.
View the gallery to see the artwork in more detail: