Butterflies to brighten nursing homes

Call it a hit and run art gallery.

Katharyne “Kitty” Jacobus-Ryan has been visiting and hanging her prints of butterflies in nursing homes in Warren County.

“The most enchanting mystery about the butterfly is everyone smiles when they see one,” she said. “The support of the community here has been overwhelming.”

Jacobus-Ryan has been visiting nursing homes across the country since 2010, where she’s been hanging her water color prints in hopes of bringing a little color, joy and freedom to residents lives.

“The butterfly symbolizes freedom, transformation and joy,” she said. “The most enchanting mystery about the butterfly is everyone smiles when they see one.”

Jacobus-Ryan calls it a “hit and run art gallery” because she creates the prints herself, visits the nursing home and tapes them to the door, where hopefully, for at least for a split second the person might see him or herself outside and free.

“I think the two in Warren are the nicest I’ve ever visited,” she said about nursing homes in Warren. “The most memorable thing for me is that the patients are so grateful, they smiled.”

“Our goal is to provide the gift of the arts to as many people as possible. We are especially interested in reaching forgotten segments of society, the elderly, the homeless, and the underprivileged,” she said.

She credits her father, a former criminal defense lawyer in Warren and her mother, her “first art teacher” for showing her that charity can set an examples for others to follow.

For more information visit www.1millionbutterflies.org.