Art Meets Medicine

Shaily Gupta    Members of Mastick Senior Center’s drawing and painting classes opened an exhibition of their works at Calyx Health last week. The public is invited to view the works during the clinic’s regular office hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Calyx Health is not a typical doctor’s office. Along with a refreshing clinic atmosphere, modern finishes and nostalgic decor of historic Alameda, patients can now enjoy art by other seniors in the community. 

On Dec. 12, the seniors-only clinic Calyx Health hosted its Jingle & Mingle event — a holiday celebration and art reception, where the work of seven students in the Mastick Senior Center’s drawing and painting classes was unveiled.

Calyx Health partnered with Mi’Chelle Fredrick, the art instructor at Mastick, to bring the art exhibit to fruition after nearly a year of discussion. 

“Community is important to us,” said Shaily Gupta of Calyx Health. “We knew we wanted to create something more than just a doctor’s office — we wanted to create a space where we could celebrate the talents and passions of local seniors in our community.”

Health and wellness are personal to each individual — and it goes beyond just physical health. For many of the artists, creative expression is a form of personal wellness.

“After more than 50 years in healthcare, I am now retired and have rediscovered the love of drawing and painting that I had when I was younger,” said artist Karen McEligot.

The inaugural exhibit will run until spring 2019 and features the work of Karen M. Allen, Chris Fetzer, Mi’Chelle Fredrick, Terry Greig, Carolyn Mason, Karen McEligot and Katherine Rice. The Calyx Health clinic will continue to serve as a rotating gallery for local senior artists. 

Understanding that social support is key to overall health, Calyx Health regularly hosts free events and classes for its patients and other seniors in the community. To hear about upcoming events, sign up for their newsletter at www.calyxhealth.com.

Calyx Health, a doctor’s office exclusively for Medicare seniors, is located above Trader Joe’s in the Alameda South Shore. To view the exhibit, stop by the clinic Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.