by the Vancouver Early Stage Support Group
After seeing a similar project in Europe, Lynn Jackson was excited about the possibility of an art project for people with dementia. So, as a member and co-facilitator or the Vancouver Early Stage Support Group, she put the idea forward – and they loved it!
Liina MacPherson, an art therapist and counselor who specializes in working with older adults, agreed to donate her time and expertise to facilitate the project.
Starting with an exploration of artistic media, Liina discussed with each support group member what they would like their artwork to say about themselves and their journey. Each member chose his or her preferred medium and worked on the art project for six months.
Each piece is distinct and personal, and each artist found the work not just educational and enjoyable, but empowering – allowing them to send a clear message that there is life after diagnosis.
Thank you to the following supporters, without whom this project would not have been possible: Opus Framing and Supply in North Vancouver, Loomis Art Store in Vancouver, Framagraphic Framing Gallery in Vancouver, and art therapist Liina MacPherson, M.A., R.C.C.
Selected photos on this website courtesy of the Alzheimer Society of Ontario. Photography also donated by Flora Gordon, Vancouver B.C.
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