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 Judy Newman looks on as Elizabeth Brooks-Evans (foreground) adds fabric to her collage during an art workshop provided by Iona Senior Services
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Judy Newman looks on as Elizabeth Brooks-Evans (foreground) adds fabric to her collage during an art workshop provided by Iona Senior Services

In the midst of a record-breaking heat wave, some people who might not have a place to cool off are finding refuge in Woodley Park and Tenleytown. And some D.C. residents over 60 are taking a break at an indoor art workshop.

Buttons, fabric, and paper are shuffled across the folding tables at Saint Alban's Episcopal Church on the grounds of the National Cathedral.

Joan Shapiro is one of approximately a dozen people to attend a free collage-making workshop here. Shapiro says the gray, vertical bars in her collage represent discipline – someone who is so disciplined that they cannot be free.

D.C. artists Gwen Aqui and Bernard Brooks are among those leading the workshops, and are, themselves, over age 60.

"Over the years, we've had some fabulous artwork exhibited from folks who are 60 to folks who are 99 years old, or years young as we like to say," says Patricia Dubroof, who runs a gallery that displays their work.

The program, funded by a grant from the D.C. Office on Aging, offers a variety of classes, from yoga to poetry, to any D.C. resident over age 60.

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