Living to 100? "Old age is hot right now...they don't know what to do with us!!" says Isabel Ferguson, one of the women featured in Amy Gorman's "Aging Artfully, 12 Profiles of Visual & Performing Women Artists Aged 85-105." Based on interviews of inspirational artists, musicians and dancers 85-105 living with zest in the San Francisco Bay Area, Aging Artfully captures historical memories of the last century as the lives and creative processes of each artist unfold. Meet Dorothy Takahashi Toy, 89, an Asian-American, who tap danced her way into the white world and broke racial barriers, to Lily Hearst, a Viennese pianist who played scales and pieces daily until she died at 107. The 12 positive multi-ethnic role models portrayed in Aging Artfully have no time for complaining. The book -- with 100+ photos -- celebrates lives of the elders, it honors aging, challenges popular perceptions of being old and is certain to spark dialogue. One of the keys to successful aging is to "never give up." The vibrant women featured lead us to the realization that we all can uncover and act upon our own inner passions and follow them with open hearts. Well into our old age we can wake up each morning and live fully in the here and now. Bronze winner: 2007 Independent Publishing Book Awards (IPPYs), category of Women's Issues; 5 stars on Amazon. "Aging Artfully is a book to be treasured and... shared." Jim Cox, Midwest Book Review
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'Aging Artfully' honors women artists, musicians and dancers living with zest well past their octogenarion years. Each tells her life story, and each story is enhanced with poems and photos. Meet the painter, rug braider, pianist, dancers, sculptor, Ikebana artist, actor, singers, storytellers. Introduce this book into your family. It is for youngsters and elders alike. A special treat included in the back of the book is Frances Kandl's CD, '7 Songs of Women,' a celebration of original compositions written to honor some of the artists. 'Aging Artfully' is a lovely book and a gift from Author Amy Gorman to us all.
Aging Artfully explores a connection between longevity and creative expression in a tribute to twelve highly individual women of the San Francisco Bay Area, ages 85 to 105. These vibrant women of varied backgrounds talk to the author, Amy Gorman, about their lives and their passion to express their unique gifts in painting, music, dance, storytelling, rug-making, and Ikebana. Gorman¿s collaborator on the project, Frances Kandl, has written seven songs based on the lives of some of these women a CD of these songs is included with the book, which also contains many photographs. The stories of these women, largely told in their own words, present the reader with hard-earned wisdom about overcoming adversity and grief, and provide powerful models of the possibilities of a productive and satisfying old age. Amy Gorman has given a great gift to these women and to the world by spotlighting their inspiring lives. Aging Artfully is a book to enhance the lives of readers of all ages.