The Bedford Council on Aging will host the annual Jacob Wren Throckmorton Memorial Art Show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 8.Jacob’s artwork along with pieces submitted by local artists, age 55 and older, will be on display at the Council on Aging, 12 Mudge Way, Bedford. A reception will be held at 1 p.m. to recognize and honor all artists submitting works.There will also be a Kindness Rock Painting activity from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participation is free and open to all.Jacob Wren Throckmorton was 19 years old. He died unexpectedly in his sleep of myocarditis on July 22, 2014. Jacob was a lifelong resident of Bedford and had been volunteering at the Bedford Council on Aging since seventh grade.He worked with Pat Le Van and Vicki Umanita during the Saturday parties and birthday events. Jacob would serve food and drinks, sit and chat with the seniors, and on occasion, bring his guitar and play and sing. He wanted to be helpful and to bring a smile to their faces, in any way possible.Jacob was preparing to attend Lesley University College of Art and Design in September 2014. He was excited to be starting art school and was also excited that he would be close enough to be able to come back for his Saturdays with Vicki and his senior friends.Jacob would be so proud and honored to be part of this event that would allow and encourage the senior citizens of Bedford to display their creativity and talents.In the past, submissions were made from many local residents, including the Bedford VA. Please contact the Bedford Council on Aging at 781-275-6825 or [email protected]
for detailed information regarding submitting artwork.The event is open to the public and attendance is free. Donations are welcome and appreciated. All donations are used to help fund COA art programs in Jacob’s name.Following the second annual Jacob Wren Throckmorton Memorial Art Show, a fund was created that now supports art classes and art programs throughout the year at the COA. The classes have been well attended and greatly enjoyed. Pieces from these classes are encouraged to be submitted to the art show.The hope is that more seniors will have the opportunity to experience the world of art that was so important to Jacob.