~ Art Program Brings Joy to Those with Alzheimer’s ~
Denver — The Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado presents Memories in the Making® (MIM) Art Auction at Coors Gallery at the National Western Complex, Thursday, June 6, 2013.
The theme this year is “A Summer Night in Paris” and there will be many Parisian touches including the musical entertainment, the décor, select pieces of Memories in the Making art available during the auction, and a sampling of Fiber Arts for sale.
More than 70 pieces of artwork created by those with Alzheimer’s will be auctioned during both a silent and live auction. A number of professional works of art are paired with the Alzheimer’s work in addition to original wooden art palettes all donated by local professional artists. Proceeds support Alzheimer’s programs and services as well as research to develop better treatments and to eventually find a cure.
The artwork selected for the auction was created in the Alzheimer’s Association Memories in the Making art programs in 45 locations throughout the Denver/Boulder area. More than 4,000 pieces were submitted for the jury process. That means Alzheimer’s artists were engaged in an activity that provides socialization, improves self esteem, creates a sense of purpose and often times simply joy. That joy is also shared with the families of the artist as memories often long forgotten or not able to be shared in words are retold through art. A MIM artist recently had this to say about painting in the program “Makes you happy. It made me happy, I was a little blue. It snapped me out of it. Color makes me happy!”
“When Alzheimer’s Association staff calls to let a family know their loved one’s watercolor will be featured in the annual art auction we often hear the call has brought them a moment of light and joy during what is a very dark and difficult journey,” said Chrissy Deal, Alzheimer’s Association MIM program coordinator.
The event begins at 5:30 pm with live music by Cliff Spratt, the silent auction, hors d’oeuvres buffet, and viewing of the live art selections as well as a collection of original palettes by renowned professional artists. New this year there will be a mini gallery of Memories in the Making watercolor prints matched with a prize valuing $50, $75 and $100. The live auction begins at 7:15 pm.
Tickets are $185 for individual tickets, $85 for those 35 and younger and can be purchased by calling 303-813-1669 or going online to alz.org/co
ALZHEIMER’S ARTWORK: Memories in the Making® is a creative art expression program for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias. Even after people with dementia have lost the ability to use words, they are often able to express thoughts and emotions and to share memories through painting with watercolors. The experience offers an opportunity for the essence of who they are and what they care about to shine through.
PROFESSIONAL ARTIST PAIRINGS: The auction will feature more than 35 pairings, which means that a professional piece of art is paired with an Alzheimer’s painting with a similar or related subject. Michelle Torrez, Cheryl St. John, Jill Soukup, Sallie K. Smith , Peggy McGivern, and John Fielder are just a few of the artists who will contributed an original piece to complement the Alzheimer’s artwork. The two works will be auctioned together as a pair.
ART PALETTES: The art auction will also feature wooden art palettes painted by local professional artists to be sold at the silent auction. These palettes vary from soft, whimsical nature scenes to contemporary bold designs and 3-D creations. The palettes offer the opportunity to start collecting the work of a favorite professional artist at an affordable price.
For more information or for tickets please call: 303-813-1669 or visit alz.org/co
|A sample of some of the Works being presented|
|The Steer Leader – Make my Day by Margaretta Caesar|
|The Last King – Buffaloes by Jill Soukup|
|Maybe I’ll Go To Paris Someday – by Kathryn “Kate” Lamborne|
|Sailboats on Lake Dillon – by Molly Davis|
About the Alzheimer’s Association
The Alzheimer’s Association Colorado Chapter is the premier source of help and hope for the more than 72,000 Coloradoans with Alzheimer’s disease, their families and caregivers. Through its statewide network of offices, the Alzheimer’s Association offers education, counseling, support groups and a 24-hour Helpline at no cost to families. In addition, contributions help fund advancements in research to prevent, treat and eventually conquer this disease. As a part of its commitment to advancing support for those living with the disease, the Alzheimer’s Association recruits, trains and mobilizes advocates for Alzheimer’s issues at the state and federal level, and provides training for professional healthcare providers. For information call the Alzheimer’s Association at 800-272-3900, or visit alz.org/co
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