Chattanooga, TN- March 6, 2015 – For the second time in less than a year, muralist Jenna Colt out of Nashville is making her mark on the new Morning Pointe Senior Living Communities. This time she is painting a number of smaller murals with an outside theme on the inside walls of The Lantern at Morning Pointe Alzheimer’s Center of Excellence in Chattanooga. “It’s the best job anyone can have,” smiles Colt. “Where the mural goes doesn’t matter so much to me just that it will bring people joy and that is really the main goal. It’s uplifting the human spirit through art.” The realistic murals of balloons in the air, a snow covered window and nature add to the Meaningful Day programming at the memory care community. “Art has a way of connecting with so many,” shares Stacy Hill, executive director of The Lantern at Morning Pointe. “In memory care, making connections is key and murals like these are wonderful to have for our residents to enjoy.”
Colt’s additional work at Morning Pointe of Chattanooga Shallowford reflects a piece of WWII history while capturing other well-known landmarks that the Scenic City is known for. She painted a series of images all related to the song, “Chattanooga Choo Choo”, including the Choo Choo Hotel, Glen Miller, who landed a gold record with the tune and the Andrew Sisters, who helped make it popular. A smaller mural of the Walnut Street Bridge and the riverfront is also featured inside the assisted living community. “We went down to the river to get the feel of it,” explains Colt. “We also went to the Choo Choo, which I hadn’t been to since I was a little girl.”
Standing in paint covered shoes with a large plastic paint lid as her pallet of colors, Colt talks about how her graphic design background plays into her mural art, now. For years, she was a graphic designer working for Coca Cola on its packaging. She feels that with her collage-type, appearance of the realistic murals, her graphic design background still comes into play. “I feel like when I am painting a mural, some people call it ‘getting into a flow’, time just goes away,” shares Colt. “I could paint for hours and not get tired. It’s one thing I could just do forever. More like fun than work.” More of Jenna’s work can be found on her website at www.vermillionmurals.com. Morning Pointe of Chattanooga at Shallowford is already open showcasing Colt’s work and the newly renovated Lantern at Morning Pointe Alzheimer’s Center of Excellence will open the entire building next month.
Independent Healthcare Properties, LLC, a Chattanooga, TN-based senior healthcare services company, is the developer, owner and manager of 24 Morning Pointe® Assisted Living and The Lantern Alzheimer’s Memory Care Center of Excellence communities in five southeastern states. IHP was founded in 1996 by Tennessee healthcare entrepreneurs, Greg A. Vital and Franklin Farrow. For more information, please visit www.morningpointe.com.