‘A Senior Art Show’ created by people living with dementia

It’s not uncommon to find incredible displays of art at the Warren Public Library, but during the month of June, the gallery will host the first art show featuring an array of items created by people living with dementia.

The library has partnered with the Alzheimer’s Association to bring “A Senior Art Show” to the library’s Wetmore Gallery throughout the month of June. Anyone living with Alzheimer’s Disease or any other related dementia is invited to submit an original piece of art for the show.

Those “original pieces of art” can run the gamut from painting to woodworking, quilts and anything creative. “We want to see all kinds of fun stuff,” said Jill Curtis, education and outreach coordinator for the Greater Pennsylvania Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association in Erie. “We’re hoping for much more than simply ‘pieces of art.'”

Curtis got the idea for the art show while she was visiting the library last summer. “A group that I belong to does a Senior Art Show in Erie,” she said. “Last summer I was walking into the library in Warren and I saw the gallery. It’s a beautiful space. I thought we need to do an art show here.” She connected with Jennifer Franklin, teen specialist and director of adult services at the library, and they put the wheels in motion.

Works of art to be displayed in the show can be submitted at the library starting today through May 29, Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The library is located at 205 Market Street in Warren.

The show will be open for public viewing from June 3 to June 29 in the library’s Wetmore Gallery during regular hours.

A community open house featuring an artist meet-and-greet, music and light refreshments will be held Wednesday, June 12 from 1 to 2 p.m. at the library.

“We wanted to give the artists an opportunity to come out and be acknowledged for their work,” Curtis said. “There’s a sense of fulfillment in creating something.”

For more information, contact Curtis at jcurtis@alz.org, or (814) 456-9200, or Franklin at jfranklin@warrenlibrary.org or (814) 723-4650.

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