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112 Year Old Artists Shows That You Always Have Purpose

Posted Jan 22 2009 6:45pm

A touching story found on cnn.com shows that no matter what your age or circumstance you can lead a quality of life if you have purpose. Frank Calloway, 112, paints murals at a nursing facility in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He has been institutionalized since 1952 after a diagnosis of schizophrenia. His work will be featured this fall at the AmericanVisionaryArt Museum in Baltimore.

He draws rural agricultural scenes, with buildings, trains and vehicles straight out of the early 20th century on sheets of butcher paper sometimes stretching to more than 30 feet long.

Calloway draws from seven to nine hours a day at the Alice M. Kidd Nursing Facility. He was born July 2, 1896. He occasionally drew but his talent lay dormant until he took an art class in the 1980s and began to draw again.

Calloway used to give away some of his creations or sell them for $50, but an appraiser said they could be worth thousands. They hope to have more of an idea how much the art should go for after the Baltimore show.

After reading the article it would seem that he is more lucid than his diagnosis indicates and the article further states that he has dementia. Yet he has a world of memories of what it was like in the old south. And his talent has surely given him a purpose that no doubt has contributed to his longevity.

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