South suburban Victory Centre seniors armed with paintbrushes and some inspiration from a modern day abstract artist, painted a colorful mural to add “bling” and personality to the sides of the bus that transports them.
Artist from Victory Centre communities in Country Club Hills, Park Forest, Joliet and River Oaks put their personal stamp on the bus by creating custom-artwork for the sides and back of the bus that sends a positive message to others about the type of active and creative older adults who live in their towns.
“Not only did the residents enjoy getting together to paint the banner and create art for a purpose, but now they are proud to ride around town in a bus that showcases their artwork for all to see!” says Nicole Bartecki, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Pathway to Living, owner and operator of the Victory Centre supportive living communities.
For the bus’s design, the seniors mimicked the work of modern abstract painter Chris Johanson. Inspired by his color field technique, they used all of the primary colors to create a vibrant, eye-catching abstract banner. The senior artists can be seen in a photo on the back of the bus. The bus art project stems from Victory Centre communities’ signature ArtPath program, which provides regular and ongoing opportunities for beginning and experienced artists-at-heart to express themselves in meaningful ways through various art modalities.