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Irwin Finger, Musician
Irwin Finger began his musical career entertaining audiences by playing acoustic guitar and singing original songs in clubs all over Manhattan. He's also composed some very famous jingles. Remember Bain De Soleil for the St. Tropez Tan, Pepsi Lite, Hush Puppies, Drake’s Cakes, Wise Potato Chips, Wylers Lemonade and RC Cola

His shows include songs by The Beatles, John Denver, Elvis, Chuck Berry, Hank Williams, Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, Cole Porter, and George Gershwin. Irwin has a unique comic flair which adds to the fun.
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  Rina Blech, Comedian / Recreation Specialist
Rina was born in 1964 in Boro Park, Brooklyn. At the age of 1,she decided to move to Flatbush. Her father was a Chaplain in the V.A. hospital and her mother worked in recreation in a nursing home, It’s not surprising that she chose a helping profession. Rina has been working at the Menorah Home and Hospital for the last twenty years.

Rina started doing comedy about eight years ago doing open mikes, comedy contests, synagogue benefits and circumcisions. She is a three-time finalist at the Funniest Jewish Comic contest and is presently competing again. She practices her comedy routines with the residents of the Menorah Home and loves being a part of ARTZ.
  Colleen Citarella, Storyteller
Colleen has been visiting area nursing homes for the last several years sharing Bible stories in a visual format. Episodes include: Adam and Eve, Noah’s Flood, Passover, Daniel in the Lion’s Den, Jonah and the Great Fish, and other New Testament tales. Residents are always touched by these old familiar stories.

Colleen volunteers for ARTZ because she knows how appreciative people are to encounter once again Bible stories they learned in their earlier years. She hopes to bring people back to the word of God and to make it alive and relative to today. Colleen can be reached at

  Cheryl Melody Baskin, BMEd, MA   Singer, Composer, Storyteller
For 35 years Cheryl Melody Baskin (aka Cheryl Melody) has worked as a professional performing artist, recording seven CDs, and educating both adults and children. The interweaving of relaxation and meditation components encourage individuals to notice their breath and the joy of vibratory resonating sounds.

I share meaningful songs with join-in choruses, chant helpful words towards self-belief and love, encourage simple vocal sound release approaches and encourage individual and group composing. It is my intuitive knowing that music is a pathway towards healing and developing self-esteem, self-acceptance and love. You can learn more about Cheryl at the following websites:,,

Kristi Sunde, Therapeutic Recreation Specialist
Kristi currently works at Village Adult Day Health Center as Supervisor of Therapeutic Recreation. She obtained a Bachelors Degree in Studio Art from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec and a Certificate in Art Therapy from the School of Visual Arts. She is now studying for the Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) exam.

Kristi is also a visual artist and amateur musician. She shares her interest in creativity by utilizing art and music making as a way to help people connect with the world around them. Kristi believes people living with Alzheimers can experience wonderful moments of reconnecting and communicating with themselves, their environment and their loved ones through art.

  Brenda Hutchinson, Composer and Sound Artist
Brenda Hutchinson is a composer and sound artist whose work is based on the cultivation and encouragement of openness
in her own life and in those she works with. Hutchinson encourages her participants to experiment with sound, share stories, and make music.
For the past several years Brenda has been developing SoundTracks, an interactive, animated drawing program with sound designed to work with memory impairment.
She created SoundTracks with and for her friend, Ann Chamberlain, during the last two years of Ann’s life as she lived with severe memory loss due to metastatic breast cancer. Brenda is currently exploring opportunities to extend the possible benefits of working with SoundTracks to others with cognitive impairment.


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