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  Memory: Joy and Loss
Exhibition Dates: Dec 8, 2017 -  Jan,18 2018


Part of the Art and Awareness Series



"Sometimes you never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory." - Dr. Seuss 

About this theme: Memory plays a dual role. On one hand, memories can be a source of joy when they are things we hope to always remember. But on the other hand, memories can serve as a reminder of things we’ve lost or regret. Even worse at times are the things we wish we could remember, but can’t. Here, we will focus on memory and it’s function in our lives.


The Juried Artists 

CB Adams Sharon Bauer Chrissy Baumhoff
Donald Boehnker, Sr. Coleen Breen Christine Casten
Ross Clark Judith L. Dyson Jan Foulk
Ted Gillespie Gloria Henderson Pat Jackson    
Judi A. Jennings Tom Kennedy Tamara Kulish
Dennis McCarthy Barbara S. McCormack Melanie Priest
Ginger Repke Judith Repke Holly Ross  
Sherry Salant Nora Schomogy Joyce Sheldon
Ana Sumner Vishnu Linda S. Wilmes
Cindy Wiltse      

Memory: Joy and Loss

Special Presentation Dec 8, 2017 6:15pm:
"Knowing the Ten Signs of Alzheimer's"
Presented by Ted Gillespie, CDP, CAC   

What is the difference between Dementia and Alzheimer's? What's is typical ageing and memory loss? Why is early diagnosis important? Time permitting there will be a Q&A. 


First Place
"Memories Fade, Love Remains"
Cindy Wiltse

Second Place
"In the Shadow of Death, Fear Not"
Jan Foulk

Third Place
"Now You See Me, Now You Don't"
Ted Gillespie

Honorable Mention
"Savvy With Chopsticks"
Melanie Priest

Honorable Mention
"Polished Fatigue"
Ginger Repke

Honorable Mention
"Behind the Mask"
Christine Casten

Honorable Mention
"Simple Things"
Ana Sumner

Honorable Mention
"I Can't Remember"
CB Adams

People's Choice Award
"Memory Monster"
Juror's Statement:
As the juror for Framations Custom Framing and Art Gallery exhibit, Memory: Joy and Loss,my brief was two fold. First, to determine which works had the strongest focus “on the
significance of memory and its impact on our lives.” Many of these artist’s statements eloquently defined their experiences with joy and/or loss, especially as these memories played a role in their actions with loved ones, family members, and locations. I am proud to be associated with these artists and thank them for sharing their deepest feelings with us via both the written word and further through their visual art. How fortunate are we, that through their sharing, we can become either happier, more at peace, or secure in the knowledge that we do not travel alone.   A secondary component of my final decision, as to which works to select, was the technical skill that the artist exhibited in his execution of the message regarding his experience  with memory. An experience that he elected to share with us, the viewer. I was amazed at the diversity of media submitted and the outstanding quality of the work is remarkable. I wish all  the artists continued success in their careers. May the time dedicated to your artistic practice and the final outcome be remembered as a joy by each of you. ~ Lynn Friedman Hamilton
About the Juror
Former gallery-owner and entrepreneur Lynn Friedman Hamilton has extensive experience in the art world in St. Louis. In 6 years as Director of Brentwood Gallery, Hamilton curated more than 70 shows which traveled regionally and internationally. Long a champion of older artists, Lynn spent more than a quarter of a century organizing social group activities for older artists and adults, before forming the 501(c) (3) not for profit organization Maturity and Its Muse. Since its incorporation in 2010, the organization has had the goal of engaging all older adults in free, professionally led participatory arts programs that enhance health and wellness. The first program was the Maturity and Its Muse exhibition curated by Hamilton and film which opened at the Sheldon Art Galleries in St. Louis in 2010, with a tour thereafter. This has led to other collaborative exhibitions and artistic endeavors in the St. Louis region, such as KARE. The Kemper Art Reaches Everyone (KARE), began as a pilot program in collaboration between the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University and Maturity and Its Muse. This program is designed for adults with early to moderate Alzheimer’s and their care partners who are encourage to engage with art in the Museum’s galleries, and then create a hands-on project inspired by the encounter., The success of this outreach to caregivers and patients with Alzheimer’s disease, has encouraged Executive Director, Lynn Friedman Hamilton to develop new programs and partnerships, for example: with the Missouri Botanical Garden (Memories@MoBot), the St. Louis County Library system, David Marchant of the Washington University Dance Department (Memory in Motion), the Alzheimer’s Association, and the Washington University in St. Louis Music Department. Lynn’s activities and interests in improving the quality of life for seniors earned her the 2016 Woman of Achievement award in recognition of her Services to Older Adults.

Alzheimer's Facts and Figures


From the website of www.alz.org (used with permission)

Alzheimer's is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks.

Alzheimer's and dementia basics

  • Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other cognitive abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer's disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases. 
    Learn more: What We Know Today and Understanding Dementia.
  • Alzheimer's is not a normal part of aging. The greatest known risk factor is increasing age, and the majority of people with Alzheimer's are 65 and older. But Alzheimer's is not just a disease of old age. Approximately 200,000 Americans under the age of 65 have younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease (also known as early-onset Alzheimer’s). 
    Learn more: Early Onset Alzheimer's and Risk Factors
  • Alzheimer's worsens over time. Alzheimer's is a progressive disease, where dementia symptoms gradually worsen over a number of years. In its early stages, memory loss is mild, but with late-stage Alzheimer's, individuals lose the ability to carry on a conversation and respond to their environment. Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Those with Alzheimer's live an average of eight years after their symptoms become noticeable to others, but survival can range from four to 20 years, depending on age and other health conditions. 
    Learn more: 10 Warning Signs and Stages of Alzheimer's Disease.
  • Alzheimer's has no current cure, but treatments for symptoms are available and research continues. Although current Alzheimer's treatments cannot stop Alzheimer's from progressing, they can temporarily slow the worsening of dementia symptoms and improve quality of life for those with Alzheimer's and their caregivers. Today, there is a worldwide effort under way to find better ways to treat the disease, delay its onset, and prevent it from developing.  
    Learn more: Standard TreatmentsTreatment HorizonPrevention and Clinical Trials

Research and progress

Today, Alzheimer's is at the forefront of biomedical research.

Researchers are working to uncover as many aspects of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias as possible.  Ninety percent of what we know about Alzheimer's has been discovered in the last 20 years. Some of the most remarkable progress has shed light on how Alzheimer's affects the brain. The hope is this better understanding will lead to new treatments. Many potential approaches are currently under investigation worldwide. 

Art and Awareness

In our Art & Awareness Series, we strive to periodically host exhibits that incorporate awareness in areas that affect our community.  Here, we focus on the significance of memory and its impact on our lives. In examining ways to bring awareness, we chose to focus on services that are available in our community for those who have a loss of memory. In addition to that, we would like to share information about programs available for seniors who are still active and making memories. 

Alzheimer's Association
Many of us have been impacted personally by the reach of Alzheimer's Disease. Alzheimer's is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks.

Did you know: 

- Alzheimer's is the 6th leading cause of death in the US?
- More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's
- Alzheimer's kills more than breast cancer and prostrate cancer combined 

- One in 10 people age 65 and older (10 percent) has Alzheimer's dementia.
- Almost two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer's are women.


For a wealth of information concerning symptoms, treatments, and more resources for individuals with Alzheimer's and their caregivers, visit the website of Alzheimer's Association. Visit the gallery during the exhibit to view more information from the organization. 

Maturity and Its Muse 
Maturity and Its Muse is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization that aims to promote positive, productive aging through the arts. In addition to outreach and collaboration with other arts organizations, they put together groundbreaking exhibits and activities spotlighting nationally recognized senior artists. They also create film, books and interactive media to raise awareness of and inspire participation of seniors in the arts. 

One of Maturity's programs, Kemper Art Reaches Everyone (KARE), began in collaboration with the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University, and is now starting its seventh year at the Kemper. The success of this outreach to caregivers and patients with Alzheimer’s disease, has encouraged Maturity's Executive Director, Lynn Friedman Hamilton to develop new programs and partnerships, for example:  with the Missouri Botanical Garden (Memories@MoBot), the St. Louis County Library system, David Marchant of the Washington University Dance Department (Memory in Motion), the Alzheimer’s Association, and the Washington University in St. Louis Music Department.  Learn more here 


Quick links to resources
Alzheimer's Association - Main page
Alzheimer's Association - Greater Missouri Chapter, St. Louis
For information on the local Walk To End Alzheimer's,
please email 
marwilliams@alz.org.  Mary Williams

Maturity And Its Muse - Main page
Kemper Art Museum - KARE program













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