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Westminster Retirement Communities Foundation 23rd Annual Art Show Opens Friday at Westminster Suncoast

May 26, 2017

More than 200 unique pieces on show at St. Petersburg active senior living community,
featuring artwork from seniors representing 7,000 residents, 18 communities

ST. PETERSBURG — The judges have spoken — now it's your turn to enjoy the unique and stunning artwork at the Westminster Retirement Communities Foundation’s 23rd annual Resident Art Show, opening to the public on Friday at Westminster Suncoast in St. Petersburg. This showcase and contest features hundreds of pieces created by senior adults who are residents at one of Westminster Communities of Florida’s active senior living communities.

“We are so fortunate to have such spectacular work from the residents to showcase,” said Westminster Communities of Florida CEO Roger Stevens.

Categories of artwork displayed include oil, watercolor and acrylic paint; mixed media; drawing; photography; needlework; and 3D work.

The Resident Art Show opens Friday to the public at the Quak Center for Lifelong Learning at Westminster Suncoast, and will be open through Wednesday, May 31. Weekday hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and weekend hours are 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

This year’s contest was judged by three St. Petersburg professional artists: Dr. Lynn Carol Henderson, professor of art at Eckerd College; Katie Deits, executive director of Florida CraftArt Gallery; and D. Yael Kelly, a local painter and St. Pete Arts Alliance board member. 

“The work that is shown here is truly professional-caliber work,” said Kelly. “The technique we see in much of these pieces, and the exuberance of the artists, stands out.”

First-, second- and third-place winners were selected in each category and are indicated with a ribbon at the show. “These are pieces where someone has put a lot of themselves into their artwork,” said Henderson. “We enjoyed the opportunity to experience these works.”

In addition, one work is selected by CEO Stevens as a Director’s Choice, and will be featured on the cover of a future art show calendar.

Kelly encouraged anyone who loves art to come and enjoy the show. “If you love art, you should be here,” she said.

To learn how you can attend, call Westminster Suncoast at 727-867-1131.

Westminster Oaks Breaks Ground on Construction of New Addition to Community: Canopy Oaks

May 2, 2017

Westminster Oaks and Westminster Communities of Florida senior leaders, future residents and local dignitaries turned the earth for the groundbreaking of Canopy Oaks, the newest neighborhood at Westminster Oaks in Tallahassee. From left to right: Vice President of Sales & Marketing Nicole Muller, Dr. Al McCully, Pat Johnson, Mary Louise Hester, Sue Dick, Bryan Desloge, CEO Roger Stevens, Gail Pease, COO Garry Hennis, Westminster Oaks Executive Director Don Wilson and Westminster Oaks Assistant Executive Director Shannon Sauls.

After a ceremonial turning of the shovels, construction set to begin on new building featuring 40 spacious new apartment homes

TALLAHASSEE, May 2, 2017 — Today, executive leadership from Westminster Oaks and Westminster Communities of Florida participated in the groundbreaking for its new Canopy Oaks building, featuring 40 apartment homes at the crest of a hill overlooking the Tallahassee campus, with beautifully appointed amenities and finishes. Canopy Oaks is being built adjacent to a new parking garage, and will be connected to the community’s main hub via a new climate-controlled walkway.

This addition to Westminster Oaks, the capital city’s premier active senior living community, is the latest phase in enhancing the Continuing Care Retirement Community. It signals the ongoing commitment of Westminster Oaks to serve senior adults in the greater Tallahassee area, and to provide excellent choices in living options for today’s seniors. Canopy Oaks, an investment in the community of $23 million, was designed by ELM of Jacksonville and engineered by George & Associates Consulting Engineers of Tallahassee. The apartment building and parking garage will be built by Cook Brothers, Inc., of Tallahassee.

Construction is expected to begin in the coming weeks, with an opening projected in late fall 2018.

“The fact that these 40 apartments sold out in the first six weeks shows the level of enthusiasm among older adults for the exciting and active lifestyle at Westminster Oaks,” said Westminster Oaks Executive Director Don Wilson. “Today marks another day of progress and growth for Westminster Oaks, Westminster Communities of Florida and Tallahassee.”

Tallahassee City Commissioner Gil Ziffer said, “Too many folks don’t move to an active senior living community early enough. It’s an opportunity to enjoy music, culture, and education. That’s what Westminster Oaks is all about! I congratulate the whole Westminster Oaks family on this new building.”

From U.S. Senator Bill Nelson’s office, MaryLouise Hester, Deputy Director of Outreach, offered the senator’s congratulations as well. “With the construction of Canopy Oaks, seniors in Tallahassee will have even more options for active lifestyles and wellbeing. Best wishes as construction begins!” Hester said.

“We are faith-based, mission-driven and with a strong focus on serving senior adults with excellence. Exactly what that future looks like will be determined by the residents who will live at Canopy Oaks,” said Roger Stevens, chief executive officer of Westminster Communities of Florida. “We’re going to try to serve the new residents the best way we can, and make them happy here.”

Canopy Oaks residences may be available on a limited basis. To learn more, call (850) 878-1136.

About Westminster Oaks: Westminster Oaks is an active senior living community, set amid the rolling hills of Tallahassee. Our beautiful wooded campus of 120 acres features neighborhoods of single-family homes and apartments. We have served senior adults in Tallahassee for more than 30 years, with an emphasis on exceptional living options, whole-person wellbeing and Lifelong Learning, backed by a financially strong and Mission-inspired, faith-based community.

About Westminster Communities of Florida: Westminster Communities of Florida serves nearly 7,000 residents in 20 active living communities around Florida who are in search of an enlightened, fully integrated, person-centered approach to health and wellness. Since 1954, we've been Florida's best choice in active senior living.

Westminster Oaks Highlighted as a Family-Friendly Workplace (Tallahassee Democrat)

April 14, 2017

Westminster Oaks was recently highlighted by the Tallahassee Democrat as one of 10 Tallahassee-based companies that fosters a family-friendly workplace environment. Read more about Westminster Oaks’ emphasis on employee wellness on the Tallahassee Democrat’s Web site.

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