Opening Minds Through Art

SIU School of Medicine and the Springfield Art Association are teaming up to bring you an incredibly special art reception this Friday evening at the SAA Collective Gallery in the Hoogland Center for the Arts.

Opening Minds through Art (OMA) is an award-winning, evidence-based, intergenerational art-making program for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of neurocognitive disorders. Its failure-free program provides opportunities for creative self-expression and social engagement for people with dementia. OMA also provides volunteers with opportunities to improve their attitudes toward aging through the weekly interaction with OMA program participants. The goal is to help create a society that values older adults with dementia. This program achieves this by building genuine friendships between people with dementia and volunteers as they engage in art-making.

Volunteers have been working with dementia patients once a week at the Springfield Art Association since the beginning of April. Before artists are matched up with patients, they are prepped with background information such as the participants interests, family members names, favorite colors, and of course health background. The patient works with the same artist every week to bring comfort and familiarity. Together they learn and create artwork, while developing a friendship.

Each participants creations will be on display at the SAA Collective Gallery June 8th & 9th.  Be sure to stop by and show support for these amazing people!

JUNE 8, 2018, 5:30 – 7PM
AT SAA Collective
420 South 6th Street
Springfield, IL 62701

Featured Artists Names:

Gail Record

Jean Kienzler

Ginny (Virginia) Reiser

Jean Staab

Tricia Balli

Don Elam

Nadine Hughes

Joe(Bobo) Beneky

Carita Gehlhausen

Mike Akins

Shirley Kane

Marybeth Zietz

OMA is supported by an Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative-Specialized Supportive Services (ADI-SSS) Project grant from the Administration for Community Living through the Illinois Department on Aging, as well as a grant made by the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln King’s Daughters Organization Blackstock Fund to the SIU School of Medicine, Center for Alzheimer’s Disease & Related Disorders

SAA Exhibit Opening/Reception: The World of the Invisible Works by Lyubov Momet

Tonight’s opening reception is at the M.G. Nelson Gallery located on the SAA Campus at 700 North 4th Street.

An exhibition of paintings by Lyubov Momet is a glimpse into an exotic surrealistic world. Her hyper- realistic style combines mythological figures and landscapes that transport the viewer to a unique and engaging place. Many of the works mix media and materials for added dimesions to the canvases. Her work is called magical realism. Much of her work is done in series, one of the most powerful being the Temptation series depicting Eve, the serpent, and the apple.
Ms. Momet was born and educated as a fine artist in the Ukraine. Her work has been shown across Europe and is represented in private and public collections around the world. She currently lives in the Chicago area.

This exhibition was curated by Rosina Neginsky, an art history professor at University of Illinois-Springfield. Ms. Neginsky chose 45 pieces covering the artist’s career from 1990 to the present. She will be discussing her choices and insights into the work at a curator’s talk during the opening reception on September 1st at 6:00 pm. The artist will also be present at the reception.

The exhibition will run from Friday, September 1st through Saturday, September 30th.

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