Monday, May 9, 2016

BackWall Gallery, Lowell

The Loading Dock Gallery has expanded to a new space, the BackWall Gallery, beside the former entrance. Four times a year a new artist will be featured to represent the Gallery 24/7. I'm honored my work is up this quarter.

Ten years ago, I emptied my mom’s home. 
Among the piles, I found photo albums.

Some from my childhood. Many from my dad's youth. One from my mother's childhood. They breathed with the freshness of the dreams.

The images of people, once children, now gone, overlap with my own memories:
of being the little sister  and of raising my girl.

They say each time you unpack a memory, it alters.
Our present rhymes with our past.

We embroider. We forget.
But the outline remains.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Alzheimer's Art: Winter Scene

This week my Alzheimer's art group collaged winter scenes.
It is a stretch, to move them through three different concepts  - black trees, white snow, and collage - in one hour.
 But the hard work paid off. Each person found something that worked for them and pursued it. 

They finished happy, some so much so they stayed an extra 20 minutes, working or just talking about their art.

I always line the finished pieces up, and point out how good they look together. Then I  remind them that each piece is different, because each person is different.

One woman never says a word. But as she left, she turned to me and held out a last deer.

 "Would you please put this in the corner?" She gestured to a painting. I glued the deer down. "Thank you," she beamed.

Friday, February 19, 2016

With love

Some out-of-favor polka dots, skimmed with crimson and gold. Then a black-and-white text paper, veiled with crimson. Finally, lots of related circles from all these and more, using a Papertrey die so  hoop and circles match.  Little messages from tiny Papertrey stamps. Nice break on a quiet afternoon.

Last week, we made Valentines in Assisted Living. Something about all that pink brings out the best in everyone.
 Residents made cards. Staff joined in.  
"This should go on all day," declared the director.
 Cards were made for spouses, children, grandchildren. I talked one woman into making cards for her granddaughters in college. High point of my day.

The week before, I led Heart-Felt Collage at the Arlington Center for the Arts. 

So much loving creativity.

 And lots of paint.
Big hearts, creative people.  A great afternoon.