Meet the Artist: Fred Legg
Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant (COTA)
Member of the Grace Communion Melbourne, Florida
“Art Ministry, is about looking at things more deeply, creating something from a stroke of a paint brush, and helping seniors to develop a therapeutic skill,” explains Fred Legg, a volunteer artist of Senior Adventure in Learning, (S.A.I.L.). He has been doing a ministry in art for over 3 years. This ministry is an example of how we at Grace Communion Melbourne, (GCM), utilize our gifts to help people in the local community.
As a Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant, he is able to adapt the artist’s environment, making sure the students are using the correct equipment, using proper movements of the brush, and supporting them throughout the painting process.
We encourage free self-expression through impressionistic painting, learning a new skill, (hobby), and making new friends. It allows us to explore, and share our God given gifts and talents. Many who attend these classes are also dealing with various social issues, (i.e., Alzheimer’s, dementia, physical limitations, isolation/loneliness, family illness, and the recent death of a family member).
S.A.I.L. (Seniors Adventure in Learning) http://www.sailofmelbourne.org
Beverly Martin Wheeler
Director of S.A.I.L.
Come join us – – – Brochures are on the S.A.I.L. website