The Art of Last Things

Concord, VNA, Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, Lakes RegionArts on the Edge Wolfeboro is pleased to present “The Art of Last Things: Conversations and Resources for Living and Dying Well.” This six-week-long exhibit and series of events, beginning May 1 with a public reception at 5 p.m., will highlight the unique fabric and thread compositions of internationally known artist Deidre Scherer. Her finely detailed work, in which she portrays a spectrum of human emotions, offers positive images of aging, death, and interpersonal relationships across cultures and generations.

A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Scherer has exhibited and lectured throughout the United States, as well as in Japan, England, and elsewhere globally. Her works can be found in private collections and museums across the country. She is well-known for her famous cover of the book When I am an Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple. A recipient of numerous awards and honors, she received the annual alumni award for artistic achievement from her alma mater in 2010, “for the innovative medium of textile art she has developed, and for her thought-provoking investigations of our society’s views of aging, reflections on life, death, family relationships and the welfare of future generations.” Scherer will offer her own reflections, including conversation with the audience, in a culminating talk at 7 p.m. on June 16.Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, Lakes Region, Moultonboro, Center Harbor

The exhibit of Scherer’s work will be open daily, and will include docents who can help participants reflect on the fabric images and engage them, if they wish, in more personal conversations about “last things.” In addition, a weekly series of public presentations/conversations, offered by local professionals on Tuesdays at 4 p.m., will focus on practical matters that include legal and financial concerns, funerals and end-of-life rituals, medical and hospice care, and grief and bereavement. The exhibit and all events, which are free and open to the public, will take place at First Congregational Church, UCC, 115 South Main Street, Wolfeboro. Donations are welcome. For more information, including schedule for the exhibit and events, please call the church at 603-569-1555, or visit Arts on the Edge Wolfeboro is a program of First Congregational Church, UCC, Wolfeboro. These events are co-sponsored by Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice. A generous grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council supports the artist’s exhibit and talk.


Exhibit May 1 – June 16

Artist’s Talk June 16 at 7pm

Weekly Presentations:

May 12 & 19 Legal and Financial Planning

Susan John, Certified Financial Planner

Margaret Demos, Attorney

May 26 Funeral Planning

Brian Lord, Funeral Director

June 2 Advanced Care Planning

Jennifer Laramie, Hospice Director

Liz Testa, Social Worker

June 9 Grief and Bereavement Resources

James Miller, Bereavement Coordinator


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