The Southern Utah Art Guild will feature artists from the Memory Matters Utah/Nevada “FUN ART” program in their show titled “Spring” at the St. George Red Cliff Art Gallery.
An opening reception will be held on Friday, March 8th from 4:00 until 6:00 pm.
The public can meet some of the artists and refreshments will be served.
The show will open on March 8 and run through March 28, 2019.
The Red Cliff Art Gallery is located at 220 N. 200 East in St. George, Utah. Admission is free.
FUN ART is a local program that enriches the lives of people who are struggling with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The Memory Matters “FUN ART” program is organized by Harold Tanner, a respected artist with work hanging in galleries in three states. LuAnn Lundquist, Memory Matters Utah/Nevada founder and Executive Director said, “For the past 3 years Harold has been to our dementia activity group and area care facilities working with residents and getting them to paint. With his enthusiasm and energy, Harold connects with them on a fun level, hence the name FUN ART.” Tanner said, “Most of the participating artists have never painted before. They painted what makes them happy. This is not fine art we are doing. It is fun art. If it's not fun, we are doing it wrong." Memory Matters will be displaying 18 - 20 art pieces by FUN ART participants from the Memory Activity Class as well as five local care facilities
“Having the public support this art showing will help reduce the stigma of Alzheimer's and related dementia. While they have lost so much with this disease, this is something that they gain,” said Lundquist. “For many of Memory Matters’ clients, it is one of the only things that they feel accomplished at in this phase of life. Art is a way of expressing emotion and feelings when the area of the brain that finds words slows down. It is a new way of communicating that produces an object that brings pride and a feeling of achievement to the artist.”
For more information about FUN ART or Memory Matters’ programs and services, visit our website at www.memorymattersutah.org or call our office at: 435-319-0407. Memory Matters Utah/Nevada is 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization. Our mission is to reduce isolation and improve wellness for individuals with dementia and their caregivers through activities, support, education and consultation