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posted Friday, January 4, 2019 - Volume 47 Issue 01
The Art of Alzheimer's: 'The Artist Within'
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The Art of Alzheimer's: 'The Artist Within'

Free opening reception at City Hall January 10, 4-6pm

49 art pieces by vibrant persons living with dementia will be on display in Seattle's City Hall Lobby & Anne Focke Galleries January 8 through March 6

The Art of Alzheimer's presents 'The Artist Within' opening January 8 in Seattle City Hall's Lobby and Anne Focke Galleries (5th Ave & Cherry St). The opening reception on January 10 from 4-6pm and the exhibition that runs through March 6 are free to the public and presented in cooperation with the City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and Elderwise®.

Care providers, artists and their families will be at the opening reception to discuss the stories behind these 49 fascinating artworks created by seven persons living with Alzheimer's and other dementias. Exhibition tours will be given. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served.

The surprising, delightful and inspiring works of art reveal seven distinct views of the world plus more about the artists as creative persons and valuable members of our community. They illuminate a simple truth - while access to language may falter, the imagination can soar.

Exhibition organizer and Art of Alzheimer's founder, Marilyn Raichle, was raised in the shadow of Alzheimer's with nearly everyone on her father's side and many on mother's developing the disease. At the age of 89, Ms. Raichle's mother began to paint witty, inventive, astonishing pieces of art inspiring the first 'Artist Within' exhibition to overwhelming success in 2016. It toured and the reaction to the exhibition was always the same - delight, surprise and gratitude. This exhibition returns with new pieces to spark a new perspective on what it means to live with dementia.

The art in this exhibition was created at Elderwise® - creating space to age well - http://www.elderwise.org/

Marigrace Becker & Cecily Kaplan are specialists in Memory Loss and are consultants to the exhibition.

Marigrace Becker, MSW, is the Program Manager of Community Education and Impact at the UW Memory and Brain Wellness Center (MBWC). She develops and facilitates education, support, and engagement programs that promote living well with dementia -

http://depts.washington.edu/mbwc/events/community-events-programs

She produces resources like the MBWC's patient and family handbook, 'Living with Memory Loss' -

http://depts.washington.edu/mbwc/resources/living-with-memory-loss

She works closely with community partners to spearhead local initiatives that challenge stigma and build understanding. She is a leader of the Momentia Seattle movement and leads the Dementia-Friendly Communities project team for the Dementia Action Collaborative -

http://depts.washington.edu/mbwc/news/article/collaborating-for-statewide-innovation-in-dementia-care-policy

- implementing the Washington State Plan to Address Alzheimer's and Other Dementias.

Cecily Kaplan started working for Phinney Neighborhood Association (PNA) in 2006 as the Director of the Greenwood Senior Center. Since then, senior programs have expanded to include the PNA Village and Memory Loss Programs. She was the Program Director at Temple Beth Am for 15 years and the Senior Adult Department Director of the Stroum Jewish Community Center from 1984-1991. Her background is in religious studies and gerontology. Her passion is community and the importance organizations like the PNA can be in the lives of individuals and society. Cecily's door is always open and she welcomes and encourages ideas and suggestions.

Additional Community Partners
The Alzheimer's Association Washington State Chapter; Alzheimer's Association Washington State Chapter; Momentia Seattle; Elderwise; The Frye Art Museum Creative Aging Program; UW Medicine, Memory and Brain Wellness Center; NW Center for Creative Aging; Greenwood Senior Center; Seattle Parks Department Dementia Friendly Recreation.

Exhibition Sponsors
UW Memory and Brain Wellness Center; ERA Living; Jefferson House Memory Care Community; Aegis Living; Alzheimer's Association Washington State Chapter; City Office of Arts and Culture; 4Culture; Washington State Arts Commission; Art Works National Endowment for the Arts; With a Little Help, Inc.; Richard M and Maude M Ferry Charitable Foundation.

Courtesy of the City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture

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