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VSA Colorado Access Gallery says
Connect/Disconnect
April 1 - First Friday Reception, 5-9
April 15 - Meet the Artist Reception, 5-9
May 6 – Closing Reception, 5-9

The impetus for this show came about through a seemingly unrelated series of events. A random comment about a piece of art led to an introduction and a connection. This connection led to a conversation and a realization that the act of creation was still strong in people with Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Karen Fisher, an artist known for her bold, graphic pieces and winner of the best in show during the Art Student's League 2015 Summer Art Market, spends part of her year in Ohio to be closer to her father who has Alzheimer's. These pieces represent one of the last ways father and daughter connect: through art and flowers.

The murals in this show are also about connection, communication and legacy. At its core, much of the goal of graffiti is to leave your mark, to show that you were here...a familiar sentiment of many people with Alzheimer’s and dementia. These murals were created through our Graffiti Gives Back project where we pair Graffiti artists with groups not normally associated with Graffiti. In this case, a group from the Alzheimer's Association of Colorado and their caregivers. This project was funded through the Art Tank project of the Denver Foundation.

Paintings about hands and flowers may not seem to connect to the graffiti murals, but if you look closer you will see connections or maybe make your own.

April is Alzheimer's awareness month - visit www.alz.org/co
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By: VSA Colorado Access Gallery

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