Arts in Mission:
Park Place artists give back


Park Place artists have donated their paintings to raise funds for the Providence Resident Assistance Fund.

ELMHURST, Ill. — Oil and water don’t usually mix — but at Park Place of Elmhurst, oil paintings and watercolors have been brought together for a good cause.

Four residents at the retirement community have offered their original artwork for Park Place’s new “Arts in Mission” program. The paintings are different media and different styles, but they have been collected for a common goal: they will be sold for the benefit of other seniors in need of care.

The artists who contributed to the program — Hadley Pihl, Joyce Knuepfer, Jan Covey, and Walter Martin — have donated more than 50 paintings so far, some of which have been created right in the art studio at Park Place.

“Park Place has given us residents a marvelous studio,” Hadley said — and now he wants to give back. It was his idea to deposit each dollar made from the sale of Arts in Mission paintings into the resident assistance fund, which covers the cost of care for Providence Life Services residents who have outlived their resources.

“One day, Hadley stopped me in the hallway and said that he would like to sell his paintings, and donate 100 percent of the proceeds to help our less fortunate Medicaid residents,” said Scott Studebaker, Providence Vice President of Advancement.

They started by selling some of Hadley’s paintings at the Christmas Bazaar at Saratoga Grove. They had great success there, and now they’re hoping to add to that total through Arts in Mission.

A catalogue of the artwork is available online and at facility gift shops. To purchase a painting, donate other paintings, or contribute to the resident assistance fund, contact Scott at (708) 955-4124 or


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