November 19 - December 12, 2013
Photos and stories of 25 midlife mothers with their families was written and created by Cyma Shapiro. Photos taken by Shana Sureck and Tracy Cianflone.
In the past 30 years, the number of women age 40 and older giving birth to their first child has jumped from 1 in 600 mothers to 1 in 77 mothers. More middle-aged women are becoming new mothers through adoption, surrogacy, in vitro fertilization, fostering and guardianship. Through dramatic black and white photos, and the mothers' own words, this poignant and life-affirming exhibit explores the joys and challenges of becoming a mother after 40. While they still are mistaken form grandmas, later moms bring wisdom to their roles as nurturers, caregivers and, in many cases, role models.
Questions about the exhibit? Contact Carlin Trietsch at the Springfield JCC, (413) 739-4715.
All are welcome at the Jewish Community Center, located in the Neal Webber Building at 1160 Dickinson Street, Springfield, MA. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9-4 or by appointment with Carlin Trietsch, Coordinator of Arts & Culture, at 413-739-4715.