Blossoms at Sunrise

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The Art Honor Society of Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax recently donated a series of original paintings to Sunrise Senior Living in Fair Oaks.

The series of five paintings were presented by Paul VI art students to Sunrise residents and installed in a gathering room at Sunrise.

Students involved in the project included: Corinne Campbell, Mariah Neumaier, Shannon Murry, Hee Kyeong Chung, Candace Gearhart, Stephanie Sy, Elisabeth Pagliuca, Jeniffer Ortega, Julianna Villa and Caroline Rabic.

Each canvas shows a different flower, and the canvasses will be displayed side-by-side to create a modern garden effect. The flowers represent various core values of the center's mission: azaleas (passion), pink roses (respect), freesia (trust), larkspur (spirit) and magnolia (dignity).

Moderated by art teacher Jean Bordner, the Art Honor Society considered various ideas for a service project at the start of the school year. The students came up with the idea of donating an art piece for a retirement home or hospital.

"I can't thank the Paul VI students enough for all of the love and energy that went into these paintings," said Lisa McGary, Sunrise Senior Living activities and volunteer coordinator. "Our residents are extremely appreciative as well."

"I think the service project came out amazing, and throughout the whole process my students really enjoyed it," said Bordner. "I think doing service projects for the community are so important and a great learning experience as well."

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2015