The Arts in Oakville: Points of Entry: Art & Dementia

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The Arts in Oakville: Points of Entry: Art & Dementia
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Oakville Galleries is pleased to announce the opening of Points of Entry, an exhibition of artworks created through a new program for seniors living with dementia. Please join Oakville Galleries to celebrate the exhibition opening on Sunday 7 February from 3:00 pm–6:00 pm in the Main Gallery at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (QEPCCC).

Points of Entry exhibit takes place from 6 February to 21 February 2016 at the Main Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre, 2302 Bridge Road, Oakville.

In November 2015, Oakville Galleries launched Points of Entry, a hands-on art program for seniors living with dementia such as Alzheimer’s disease. During regular workshops held in local retirement homes, community centres and Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens, seniors and their loved ones looked at and discussed contemporary art as inspiration to create new artworks of their own.

On view at QEPCCC are the resulting collages, prints, paintings, and sculptures that participants produced. Made collaboratively with Oakville Galleries educators and local art therapist Becky Hewis, these evocative artworks demonstrate a broad spectrum of creative engagement among those living with dementia. Offering new means of self-expression, these artworks provide original points of entry into the lived experiences of their creators.

Roundtable Conversation: Creative Futures discussion takes place on 17 February 2016 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the Main Gallery, QEPCCC, 2302 Bridge Road, Oakville.

Featuring Becky Hewis, art therapist; and Danielle Arbour, Public Education Coordinator for the Alzheimer Society of Hamilton and Halton. Moderated by Elizabeth Underhill, Education Officer at Oakville Galleries.

As our population ages, ensuring seniors—including those with dementia—have opportunities for creative engagement is becoming increasingly important. Whether you know someone living with dementia, are interested in community arts, or want to learn more about the Points of Entry exhibition, this roundtable discussion will offer an open forum to discuss living with dementia, and the benefits of arts engagement for seniors of all ages, abilities and diagnoses.

Both the exhibit and discussion are sponsored by the Government of Ontario.

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