SAN DIEGO ARTISTS CREATE! - DONATE TO OCT. 4 ART AUCTION

Alzheimer’s Association Pairs Patient Art with Professional Art

 

San Diego, CA – Sept. 21, 2010 -

A number of local artists have created works of art for the first-ever Memories in the Making® Art Auction on Monday, Oct. 4, 5:30 p.m. at Copley Plaza at the Old Globe Theatre. This first-time auction event has paired a total of 16 professional artists with artists with dementia. including San Diego artists Viviana Lombrozo, Al and Josie Rodriguez, Carla Christensen, and regional artists such as Patrick Carney of Carlsbad, Regine Hawkins of Ocean Beach, and Luz Comacho of San Ysidro. Also featured in the auction are 50 palette artists, including local city artists Renetta Happe, Bronle Crosby, Boutia Moshiri-Kashanchi, Deidre O’Flaherty, Catherine Robertson, and Carol Thom. Thirty stand-alone paintings will also be part of the event. All proceeds benefit the Alzheimer’s Association San Diego/Imperial Chapter.


“The artwork that we are receiving for auction is wonderful and varied,” said Barbara Mulligan, chair of the event. “We have watercolor, assemblage, blown glass, jewelry – each artist paired with a painting that inspired him or her – painted by people who can no longer express themselves through words. The palette artists have been particularly creative in their use of the wooden palette as a springboard for their imaginations.”


San Diego artists include Viviana Lombrozo, Al and Josie Rodriguez, Carla Christensen, and regional artists such as Patrick Carney of Carlsbad, Regine Hawkins of Ocean Beach, and Luz Comacho of San Ysidro. Also featured in the auction are 50 palette artists, including local city artists Renetta Happe, Bronle Crosby, Boutia Moshiri-Kashanchi, Deidre O’Flaherty, Catherine Robertson, and Jane Sheeler. Thirty stand-alone paintings will also be part of the event. All proceeds benefit the Alzheimer’s Association San Diego/Imperial Chapter.
Each artist brings a vivid perspective to their work. Patrick Carney, for instance, has been painting rock and roll cultural icons for many years. His piece, “Geometric Frank” features Frank Zappa and was inspired because, “Zappa’s music was very geometrically composed,” said Carney, “It was very mathematical.”


Regine Hawkins, wanted to pay homage to her pairing artist, Mary, who was on a bridge to the afterlife. “Mary’s painting followed me around for weeks,” said Hawkins. “It was hanging on my living room and studio walls and its image came up often in my dreams. Actually, it was not her painting but her fate. When I discovered her small signature, tears came to my eyes.”
Versatile artist Linda Melvin was inspired by a starfish and created a spectacular “knitted” silver and gemstone-studded necklace and earring set that looks like it sprung, fresh, from Neptune’s garden.


Memories in the Making art classes are held at 24 locations throughout San Diego Country for the benefit of Alzheimer’s patients, many of whom no longer speak.

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