Friday, October 8, 2010

Memories in the Making Alzheimer's Art Auction October 6, 2010

The art auction was a beautiful event held at the Old Globe in Balboa Park. Paintings by artists who struggle with Alzheimer's disease were paired with community artists who interpreted their work. Al and I were invited to participate and so began working on our art last spring.
I created an encaustic piece that was inspired by a lovely woman named Rosemary who painted a vase of roses. My piece was auctioned for $800. Al made an exquisite book honoring his mom who passed away recently from Alzheimer's. The title was My Mother. The Alzheimer's Association made a video with Al reading the story of his mom's struggle with this disease. This video was shown before the auction began and there wasn't a dry eye in the crowd. His book was auctioned at $900. It just happened that the gentleman who purchased the book was sitting in front of us. He turned to Al at the end of the event and said, "This book belongs to you. It is your book and I want to give it back to you." A kind and loving gesture that touched us all. I believe this was a successful evening toward funding research for treatment, care and prevention of Alzheimer's disease.

San Francisco

Al and I had a great time at the encaustic retreat in San Francisco the end of September The Monaco hotel, inspiring speakers, food all first class. The weather was beautiful. Our bus trip to see artist's studios on Sunday was enjoyable as were the spontaneous discussions about our art and studios, marketing and why we do the art that we do. Mostly it was the people and their encouragement that made this weekend so much fun. Hope to attend next year in Portland!