Seniors bring life to historical portraits for calendar

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(WLNS) – Seniors at Ingham County Medical Care Facility got the chance to not just make art, but be art in a project released this week.

From the Mona Lisa, to American Gothic, 13 local seniors got the chance to embody some of the most well known portraits of the world.

“I couldn’t believe that I resembled some famous,” Frida Kahlo model Joan Heffron said.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but for photographer Miriam Garcia who captured the masterpieces for a calendar, alongside Chloe Darnell with Chloe Amanda Photography, the final product left her speechless.

“Seeing it come to life, you know as soon as I saw the finished project it was like wow, we did that,” Garcia said.

The project took months of planning for the costumes, make up, photography and printing, but Garcia says it gave the seniors a chance to come out of their shells.

When asked if she was used to being in the limelight, Heffron flashed a smile and replied “oh, definitely!”.

This was Garcia’s favorite part of the project.

“It was just really enjoyable that way to see them excited about who they were portraying”.

Heffron, who says she relates to Frida, has some wisdom of her own to pass along.

“You be true to yourself and God, and all things will work out,” Heffron imparted.

The success of the unique activity also insures future projects as well.

“The funds go back into all the great programs like this that helps really improve the lives of those that we serve here, the residents and their family members,” Ingham County Medical Care Facility Communications Director Kristen Campbell said.

In the first week, they have sold more than 50 calendars already and everyone involved says these will be memories the seniors can look back on in their minds, and on their walls, forever.

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