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Alzheimer's Art Collaboration Exhibit: Chelsea MI, March-June

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This year in our 2nd exhibit, each team consists of an artist who was inspired by somebody in the Alzheimer's / dementia community.  That might be somebody who is living with it at this time, who may have passed away as a result of it's complications, it may be a caregiver who was affected in their own way, or a family member or friend.  Each team of artists is supported by our business sponsors and often involved working with an adult care facility where classes have been taught and inspiration was received.  Read their stories and click HERE to purchase the artwork of collaborating artists.  To purchase the artwork of Jan Dorer on FB Auction, click HERE..



Juanita BELLAVANCE“Window To The Mind”       Inspired by the painting from the local memory care center I wanted to paint a window.  

I brought out an abstract painting I had done in the past thinking I would use is as a ground for the painting. I noticed it already had the impression of a window and a person sitting to the left of the window in an abstract way. As I considered the purpose and meaning of the collaborative it occurred to me this painting was the perfect symbolism. As seniors in a center we are no longer passing by and looking in. We are inside looking out. This abstract symbolizes a person’s body sitting beside a window. Yet it is ghostlike, symbolizing the mind that has become or is becoming invisible. The person is there but not there at the same time. The window is the last glimpses of the outside world and the inside world has its own elegance.  To purchase this work from the live art show, click HERE.

Randall LEEFramed Portrait Set  Randall was paired with Brenda Fineman who worked on a collaborative painting with participants at Silver Maples in Chelsea MI.  

Because he has a way of seeing and projecting the essence of a person, he joined them during their class to create the photographs in this exhibit. Looking deeply into the individuals and seeing them as the beautiful people they are today and not as the people we want them to be, or even what they may have been in the past. Randy is a prolific artist and his photographs can be seen in fabulous portraits taken throughout Chelsea and the surrounding areas.  His depiction of people in every day life is always a treasure to see. Looking at these photos over time brings something different with every look.  What do you see?  To purchase this work from the live art show, click HERE.

Lorenzo CRISTAUDO/Adult Care Facility in Adrian:  Falling Stars  This Alzheimer artists group decorated gold stars with brightly colored papers for this year’s collaboration.  Some participants have representative themes and some abstract designs. They each expressed a narrative associated with their individual works. My collaboration with them endeavors to provide a unified visualization to voice their artistic challenges.

Note:  I have included Lorenzo's art from 2022 into this year's collaboration again.

The group of stars are displayed together as shooting stars. A cultural belief in shooting stars is they release one’s soul so that it can go up to heaven, an appropriate image for the artists, including me. The substrate for this work is a piece of paneling stashed away in my garage for reuse. It has seen several iterations over the years all but forgotten, a fittingly symbolic bit of remains. The unaltered shape of this odd piece of board suggests the outline of the shooting star outline. The outstanding characteristic of working with this art class is the constant chatter, both humorous and pensive. To refer to this are the stenciled graphics in the shooting stars’ trails. These artists struggle with various challenges, but they are all gifted with expression, a fundamental attribute of art. I hope you can hear them.

To purchase this work from the live art show, click HERE.

Rae LEGGETT: Memory Is Everything:   This project was conceived of as a collaboration between myself, my mother and my uncle. The problem being that my mother passed away in 2014 and my uncle passed in 2021. That was a minor wrinkle. I am a photographer and have many photos of the both of them, I have my memories, and my Uncle Landon was also a photographer, and I inherited his many, many photographs after his death. The photos I shot on digital were not a problem. But all of my uncle’s work was on film, originally on slides, later as regular printed photos. So I spent many hours scanning his photos.  Once I had them scanned I imported all the photos into Photoshop and started manipulating them into some sort of order. The collage moves from upper left to lower right, from the past to mother’s last days. I lost track of how many photos are in the composition, it’s somewhere around forty.

To purchase this work from the live art show, click HERE.

Pat DEERE: Music To My Ears:  Working with adult participants at A Touch Of Home Adult Daycare is always a highlight of my week for me.  I need to make a point of going in more often. Scratch off art brings me back to my childhood and now back to creating with my grandchildren.  They LOVE it when I have scratch off paper.

What I love is the fact that no matter what marks you make or how elaborate or simple the finished piece is, it turns out beautiful because of the colors underneath the black layer.  The look was similar to the piece that inspired me to use the scratch off paper in the first place … the fused glass semi-circle. Some of the participants took to it right away.  One was enthralled by another’s artistic ability and continuously complimented him on his creativity.  It was so fun to watch and be a part of.  Another wasn’t going to do anything at first and before I knew it she was making a double scene… one for herself and one to give to me for this project.  Tammy saw how much they appreciated creating this way and decided to keep this paper on hand for future craft days.  The class was an absolute success. 

Now, how to pull it all together into a cohesive format.  My idea originated from the fused glass semi-circle, which resembled a broken lp record to a friend.  “Music To My Ears” was what Tammy from Touch Of Home called her piece.  So, it started to come together with that theme in mind. Making people happy.  Taking time to smell the flowers and notice the little things.  Take a close look at how everybody exudes joy in the playful diorama.  

To purchase this artwork from the live art show, click HERE.

Brenda FINEMAN: Liberating:  Brenda Fineman is an artist and owner of a small studio in downtown Chelsea, MI where she paints and conducts mostly Bob Ross style workshops among others. You can reach her through her website at or her social medias on Facebook and Instagram @geekbrushstudio or visit her in her studio when she’s there at 105-½ S. Main St.

 “LIberating” represents freedom of our minds, our desire to fly and be free, while still maintaining the roots we have that grounds us and keeps us connected to the earth, to others. The birds are freedom of flight and trying to reach the sky, pulling up out of our binding roots. The tree is what grounds us and allows us to remain connected to those around us. Brenda created this collaboration using the birds she painted with the residents at Silver Maples Retirement Community in Chelsea, Mi. Some of the residents added spirals of color on their paper inspiring the addition spirals throughout the piece.

To purchase this artwork from the live art show, click HERE.

Kathryn SCHMIDT: Time Escapes Us  Kathryn is participating for the second year in the Alzheimer’s Art Collaboration.

Last year she was paired with residents of A Touch Of Home Adult Daycare in Adrian where she helped them create beaded dragonflies before asking them to pick a bead she could use as inspiration for her artwork.  What you see in the portrait is the result of last year’s class. This year she has submitted yet another wonderful work of art using textiles, titled “Time Escapes Us”. As she says, “Since we never know the future, we need to savor every moment of every day before time steals all of our minutes.”

To purchase this artwork from the live art show, click HERE.

Will SCHIPPERT, Barbara JACKSON: Collaborating Artists from 2022  I have included Will & Barbara's art from last year in the 2023 collaboration exhibit.  Will asked about finding an artist to collaborate with on one of his artworks.  He was looking for somebody who could enhance what he had done with oil pastels.  I met Barb at an adult care facility where she shared her passion for art and previous artworks she had done and they were beautifully done.  When Will met her, he felt she was the perfect person for this project and together they worked on "Wild Eyed".  The photos here show Barb working and Will's art before it has been finished.  The finished piece will be for sale and on exhibit during the show.  Contact Will on IG: @restless_art1   Barb's website:

A note from Julie at Gaslight Village in response to this collaboration: "Will was amazing with Barb . It was nice to hear her converse with someone about the art world.  Made me cry, to see her so happy working with him.  Thank you for helping me hook these two up."

To purchase this artwork from the live art show, click HERE.


TOUCH OF HOME Adult Daycare:  Our Home is Your Home.  We strive to meet the individual needs of each of our guests in a comfortable, accommodating and caring environment. Touch of Home Adult Daycare, located in Adrian, MI, provides support and respite for families and caregivers and serves as an informational resource to our community. Have questions or want to schedule a visit? Give us a call (517) 280-5001 or click HERE for a direct link.  


DEERE ELECTRIC INC., as a supporting business. is allowing these artists and care facilities to continue their important work of working with people in the Alzheimer's/dementia community to show us all that they are still here.  It may be not as we knew it yesterday, but it is as they are today.    Click HERE for a direct link to their website.

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how you can support these teamS.

The obvious is purchasing the art of this collaborative team.  Originals are avaialble for sale along with merchandise like phone cases, pillows, and art bags.  After the show is over, prints of the artists work will be available as well.  Each of the care facilities included in the teams brings their own expertise to those living with Alzheimer's/dementia and to their families.  Their contact information is provided as a resource for you.  And, the supporting businesses have offered their financial support and made themselves available during community events to make this collaboration possible.  Please support them all and visit their web sites for more information.

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