Celebrating a project that was 12 years in the making, Bucks County Commissioners Robert G. Loughery, chairman, Charles H. Martin and Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia, LCSW joined Neshaminy Manor residents, administrators and family/friends to dedicate a unique “Mosaic Wall” on October 21. The 40-by-15 foot wall consists of thousands of hand-painted tiles, each created by residents – past and present – of the award-winning, 360-bed long term care facility.
“Over the last 12 years, the names have changed,” stated Kathy Bates, Therapeutic Recreation Director at Neshaminy Manor. “But, everyone connected to the arts and the Gardens at the Manor continue to be a big part of what you see here today.”
The project, which creates a centerpiece for the C1 Courtyard at the facility, came to fruition through the coordination of Bates and tile artist Katia McGuirk. Commissioner Martin praised the effort as a tribute to private fund-raising efforts, which included a $25,000 anonymous gift and were augmented by several federal and state government grants. He suggested a plaque with the names of those who designed tiles as a way to express appreciation for the final product. He also expressed the hope that the C1 Courtyard might add a putting green in the future.
McGuirk praised the residents as well as the administration of Neshaminy Manor, saying, “Now I thank all those from the bottom of my heart who contributed, both here, and gone…it is a sustainable model of giving and receiving and you can make a difference, one tile at a time.” She also touched on the therapeutic properties of art, as well as Neshaminy Manor’s encouragement to the residents to fulfill the end stages of life with freedom and creative expression.
Ms. Bates thanked all involved with the installation of the wall, which features sayings, nature scenes and even a large rectangular mirror. During the ceremony, residents basked in the moment by pointing to the tiles they contributed to the project.