Linderhof


Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas


Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

A Memorable Day


It was a very memorable day in our little town on the prairie.    It's a Sunday -- a church day and ours is an early church 9 a.m. (and it's our only service -- no 11 o'clock for we Lutherans)     After church, we headed downtown to an art show.     A special art show at one of our favorite stores, life+style.

Whose wares were pushed to the back so that the art could be displayed on their bare walls . . .


Watercolors all . . .


Amazing watercolors . . .


Each one different and individual . . .


The walls lined with this wonderful expression of art.    It was quite an art show with so many pictures to view.    And it was a memorable show because . . .

The artists were not high school students or college students or adults who took a class in watercolors.

No, they were patients in nursing homes.    



Patients with Alzheimers.

We were there early but it was a nice crowd who came out for the show . . .


Both art lovers and the artists themselves . . .


The art generated lively conversation among the attendees . . .


And friend JoAnn, one of the Lunch Bunch is the person behind this show for her "retirement" job is the art classes that she does at our local nursing homes.     Jane, from the Kansas City Alzheimer's Assocation came down for the show.    

My favorites?


A wonderful picture of a quilt . . .


Some pretty flowers . . .


And an eye that could be displayed in any gallery in any large city and be considered a great watercolor done by an amazing artist.

It is amazing how art brings out the creativity of an Alzheimer mind.   So many of us are touched by this dreadful disease -- everyone, I think, knows someone that this disease has affected.    Some closer to home than others.   I am thankful that we've not had anyone in our family diagnosed with Alzheimers but I have friends whose parents have been devastated by the disease.

We should be grateful that there is the Memories in the Making program sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association.     For it gives people a chance to show everyone that they have a creative side.

A big thank you, not only to friend JoAnn and her work with these special people, but to all of the others that give their time and talents so that these special people can share their talents through their art.

Thank you too, to friends Jim and Cynthia, who opened their store and gave up their Sunday so that the community could see this amazing art exhibit.

It was definitely a Red Letter Day in our little town on the prairie today!

9 comments:

On Crooked Creek said...

Martha,
This is truly amazing!!! I have always been impressed with Fort Scott and the wonderful programs they have for those in the community! You and Jim are such great supporters! I loved all the art that I could admire from your photos! Thanks for sharing this great work in your town!
Fondly,
Pat

Deb said...

Heart-warming post. My mother-in-law suffers from this disease and we worry about her every day. She is now in a nursing home in the Kitchener, Ontario area. It is close to some family but far from us. I send her cards often with beautiful birds on them as she was a 'birder' in her day and loves to talk about her favorites. Deb

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

How interesting. Love how the community pulled together for such a great cause.

podso said...

Amazing art. I see Alz patients every day and I wish they could have opportunity to do some art like this. thanks for a wonderful post!

Sherry said...

Thank you for sharing the wonderful art!

A wonderful reminder that just because you can't take care of yourself, it doesn't mean you're not still alive!

A Haus to Call Home said...

What a great post and a nice way to spend a Sunday in support of such a great cause. Looks like there were some really beautiful paintings! xo, Michelle

Pondside said...

Bless your friend! What a wonderful project - it gives so much to the community as well as to the artists whose work is displayed.

Kristi in the Western Reserve said...

Wonderful art and a great post, Martha...My husband had Alzheimers for years although something else caused his death. Art is a wonderful therapy and healer and connection.

Rebecca said...

This should have had national attention! Maybe your post will trigger that!

Were these paintings for sale?

I've read your post re. Paola & Beethoven's. Sure makes me want to move back to KS!