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Opportunities for older adults to explore art

STEP Office of Aging and Artpost Awareness began artistic therapy in early 2017 and the classes are still going strong.

George Stefanski, founder of Artpost Awareness with Marianne Olivo, explained that, “Drawing is the most powerful way for a person to be with their inner-self for reflection and healing.” Stefanski adds, “I’ve drawn all my life, it has seen me through some hard times, and I noticed things that aren’t discussed in art school — like the therapeutic benefits of drawing.”

He wanted to share this process with those underserved populations under stress, including veterans and senior citizens.

Stefanski, a U.S. Navy Veteran, studied art in New York City and was a portrait artist painting for many years, while Olivo holds a degree in art from Penn State University.

Since 2013, Artpost Awareness has held hundreds of classes at various veterans centers, community centers and libraries in the area. Artpost Awareness seeks to take care of the communities in central Pennsylvania by assisting everyone from children and seniors to combat veterans in learning new coping techniques to overcome troubles.

Art classes are ongoing, held at the RiverWalk Center in South Williamsport from 10:30 a.m. to noon every Thursday; 10 to 11:30 a.m. and every Monday at the Clinton County Community Center.

To register for these free workshops, call the RiverWalk Center at 570-601-9592, or the Clinton County Community Center at 570-858-5800.

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