Calyx to Host Local Photo Society Exhibit

Calyx to Host Local Photo Society Exhibit

For Roseanne Smith, interest in photography began at age 12 when her aunt gave her a Kodak Brownie camera. Now, at age 72 and retired, she carries a camera everywhere she goes. 

“I didn’t have much time for photography when I was working and raising a family. But I always knew it would be a big part of my life when I retired,” Smith said.

For many seniors, rediscovering old hobbies or finding new ones in retirement is a familiar story. That’s why Calyx Health — a doctor’s office exclusively for Medicare seniors — has opened its walls to serve as a rotating art gallery. The clinic hopes local senior artists in the community will use the space to celebrate and share their passions with others. 

On Wednesday, July 24, Calyx Health will host a reception to unveil its most recent photo exhibit featuring the work of the Alameda Photographic Society (APS) members. The reception will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and is open to the public.

Calyx Health collaborated with APS board members Jeff and Susan Dunn and Thu Tran, to bring the photo exhibit to the clinic. This is the second exhibit of local artists at Calyx Health. The first exhibit, launched late last year, featured works by students in Mastick Senior Center’s drawing and painting classes.

“We believe it’s our responsibility to create a comfortable and welcoming space that reflects the work that goes inside of it, which is healing,” said Dr. Abhas Gupta, CEO of Calyx Health. “Calyx Health was designed to make you feel alive and well. You’ll never believe you’re in a doctor’s office.”

The current exhibit will run through December. It includes the work of APS members: Hans Siebert, Jeannette Lakness-King, Jeff Cullen, Jeff Dunn, Jim Chambers, Lenny Rush, Leonard Stanton, Louis Cheng, Marcy Zimmerman, Michele Profant, Roseanne Smith, Thu Tran and Tom Debley. Founded in 1940, APS promotes the art and science of photography through workshops, competitions and learning programs. 

The Calyx Health clinic will continue to serve as a rotating gallery for local senior artists. Understanding that social support is key to overall health, Calyx Health regularly hosts free events and classes for its patients and other seniors in the community. To hear about upcoming events, sign up for the newsletter at


Calyx Health, a doctor’s office exclusively for Medicare seniors, is located above Trader Joe’s in the Alameda South Shore. To learn more, call 402-1471.