A painting by John Robertson, who at age 80, does not let Parkinson’s slow him down. The painting will be included in Brookdale’s Silent Art Auction fundraiser September 13. Photo by Sue Reames

Brookdale Art Auction to Feature Resident Artist

By Sue Reames

Bud Lauer, member of Brookdale Wornall Residents Council, holds up a fellow resident’s art work as he and Eleanor Murray, council Activities Chair, try to determine a starting price to put on the canvas. The artist is Brookdale’s own Renaissance man, John Robertson. He has suffered from Parkinson’s for almost 30 years, but at 80 years of age, Robertson shows no signs of slowing down. He goes to his office each Monday, hunts with his friends, swims, paints, teaches residents to box in the Brookdale Boxing Gym and serves as an example of how to stay active. “Staying active keeps your mind off your physical problems. There is plenty to do. Just try it,” Robertson declares.

Bud Lauer studies a painting by John Robertson.

“Drawing and painting are skills I didn’t know I had until I took a class here,” Robertson admits.  He is surrounded by paintings on easels and art works drying on tables. They have been produced by Robertson and fellow residents who use the studio. Robertson’s art will go up for auction on September 13. “I have 30 paintings completed, but only 17  will be included in this event. I just want my art to inspire people to stay active.” He adds, “And I want to help raise money for the employee fund.” This event is the annual Resident Council’s fall fundraiser to provide appreciation bonuses for hourly employees of Brookdale.

The Silent Art Auction will be in the lobby of Brookdale Wornall Place on Friday, September 13 from 4 to 7 p.m. Final bids must be submitted by 6:30 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be available and it will be an opportunity to meet Chef Colin Fuehrer. Music will also be provided.

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