Local senior discovers artistic touch in retirement

October 30, 2020

Fresno resident Arminee Shishmanian’s sculptures could easily be mistaken for the work of a lifelong artist. Given her advanced skill, it is impressive that she picked up the craft beginning at age 60. Her beautiful work adorns her residence at The Terraces at San Joaquin Gardens, where she pursues artistic endeavors in her home studio at the senior living community. At 84, she shows no signs of slowing down.

Arminee sculpts in bronze, alabaster and wood. Many of her pieces are inspired by her Armenian culture, which is rich in dance, music, faith and family. The pursuit requires devotion. Depending on the sculpture, a single piece can take Arminee more than 80 hours, but the dedication has been worth it. Notably, she has had her sculptures displayed at the Fresno Art Museum and has done custom work for the Fresno State School of Education.

Such industriousness exemplifies the culture at The Terraces, where residents are encouraged and supported in the pursuit of artistic endeavors and other passions. There are health benefits to be had from this as well. According to the National Institute on Aging, participating in the arts can boost cognitive function, memory and self-esteem in older adults.

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