Still Me: Watercolor Expression by Individuals with Memory Loss

Still Me: Watercolor Expression by Individuals with Memory Loss will be on display in the Sabatini Gallery July 25 – October 9, 2016.

The paintings in this exhibit were created during Memories in the Making©, a program of the Alzheimer’s Association. Though words may become difficult and many abilities fade, each person has a lifetime of experiences that can find expression through art.

King of the Crop, Elsie Sellen

King of the Crop, Elsie Sellen

In Memories in the Making©, watercolor painting sessions are held weekly and hosted in assisted living facilities, nursing homes, adult day programs and community settings to provide opportunities for individuals experiencing memory loss to tap into their feelings, memories and creativity. Many of the pieces you see here were created by artists with no prior painting experience.

Here Comes the Sun, Greg Peterson

Here Comes the Sun, Greg Peterson

These works, accompanied by the photo portraits and biographical sketches of the artists, are a testament to the strengths and abilities that remain with a person well into the disease process. We share this collection with you in the hope that you will feel the beauty and power of what feelings can do when they find expression, and affirm the unique personhood of each artist.

My Brush Speaks

My brush speaks.
The vibrant language of
Color and form
Probes my memory,
Captures my thoughts,
Awakens my mind
To the beauty of life.
Listen! Listen to my canvas!
My words are absent
But, ah! My brush speaks.

-Marilyn Kingsley Stearns

Zan Popp

Hello, I'm your friendly neighborhood Curator of Exhibitions. I have the amazing job of creating, building and presenting wonderful art exhibits for you at the library's Alice C. Sabatini Art Gallery.