Memory-Impaired Put Brush to Canvas to Support Others with Alzheimer’s Wine & Watercolors Art Auction Welcomes Public

 10/21/2014

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a group of artists is speaking volumes. They reside at Silverado Sierra Vista, Silverado The Huntington (where one of the resident artists is 104 years old), Silverado Beverly Place and Silverado Calabasas memory-care communities, where they take art classes and soon will auction their work to benefit others with dementia.

Each of the four communities will host an upcoming Wine & Watercolors Mixer and Silent Auction and feature 20-30 paintings by residents from the community. The events are open to the public, expected to draw as many as 100 participants and raise money for local Alzheimer’s Association chapters. These events represent a practice central to Silverado’s care, which is enriching lives of those with dementia by helping them to experience the fulfillment of achievement, giving and engagement.

“The classes and auctions bring joy and a feeling of connection to our residents, as well as showing that people with dementia can lead meaningful lives,” says Kathy Greene, Silverado vice president of community operations. “Having our residents contribute their artistic abilities for this event is very special. It’s a wonderful celebration of their abilities, not limitations. It helps create community awareness and hope, and benefits a cause that is close to all of our hearts.” 

Wine & Watercolors Mixer and Silent auction events will be held at the following Silverado locations:

  • Silverado Sierra Vista (Azusa) from 5 – 7 p.m. Thursday, October 23. RSVP to (626) 812-9777
  • Silverado The Huntington (Alhambra) from 5 – 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 29. RSVP to (626) 308-9777
  • Silverado Beverly Place (Los Angeles) from 4 – 7 p.m. Thursday, November 6. RSVP to (323) 852-9200
  • Silverado Calabasas from 6 – 8 p.m. Tuesday, November 18. RSVP to (818) 222-1000

The events are free, open to the public, a variety of gourmet hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served and attire is business casual. Funds collected will be donated in the artists’ names.

Inspired by the Alzheimer’s Association’s Memories in the Making art therapy program, each Silverado Engagement Assistant responsible for the art workshop has a background in the arts. Through the class, residents have created many of the pieces that will go up for auction. Similar auctions at other Silverado memory care communities have generated thousands of dollars for the cause. Individual works, many of which now hang in offices and homes, have sold for more than $200. The classes and auctions however, represent far more than just the works produced and sold.

“Enabling our residents to serve their community helps them contribute to the world in a meaningful way and restores self-worth,” Greene says. “Many residents have participated in non-profit organizations during their lives and we are reconnecting them with something that has always mattered. And art allows people to express themselves without having to use words, which is especially significant for the memory-impaired, because verbal communication can be affected as the condition progresses. With art, the possibilities can be almost endless.”

 

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