Wissahickon shutterbugs, Artman residents team up for 2017 calendar

AMBLER >> A small group of Wissahickon shutterbugs have been putting the “art” into Artman Home.

Residents of the Artman senior living home and photography students from Wissahickon High School converged on Ambler last November for a borough-spanning photo shoot, the products of which are now available in a charming 2017 calendar.

The spiral-bound calendar, called “Artman memories and the collected moments from our travels,” documents a full day spent touring Ambler’s main stretch, as Artman residents stopped into a number of local businesses, including Mermaid Art Studio, Ambler Theater and Ambler Skate Shop.

Every step of the way, Wissahickon students, all members of the school’s Television Production Club, captured the fun.

“It’s great to have an inter-generational activity with the residents and students engaging with each other,” says Katelyn McKinley, director of community life at Artman Home.

“It was something I always wanted to do at Artman [since] I started working here,” adds McKinley, who has been with the senior living home for nearly three years.

“One day, I contacted Wissahickon and [was] put in contact with the teacher who runs the production club,” Jessica Brasch, who then tapped six student photographers. “It was a perfect match!”

The day began with five Artman residents — Lucy Condo, Jen Condo, Kathy Sensenig, Mary Marincola, Lee Saybolt — meeting at Guiseppies Pizza Restaurant on Bethlehem for lunch Nov. 22.

“And then we traveled to town in the Artman bus to begin the shoot,” which included stops at Jackets N’ Things and Ambler Savings Bank, McKinley says.

McKinley notes that the students — Hailey Palmer, Ava Doskicz, Caroline Serling, Jacob King, Sophie Wollman and Jeremiah Machado — planned the photo shoot and contacted all businesses beforehand.

Proceeds from sales of the calendar ($12) will benefit the Artman Benevolent Care Fund, which provides life-saving resources to residents whose funds have been depleted, according to McKinley.

To purchase the calendar, stop by the front desk at Artman, 250 N. Bethlehem Pike, Ambler.

Wissahickon shutterbugs, Artman residents team up for 2017 calendar
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