“Alzheimer’s: Forgetting Piece by Piece,” coming to the Shelburne Museum in May, is a poignant new exhibition about Alzheimer’s, its impact on those affected by the disease and the artistic expression of complex emotions felt by those confronting the disease. The exhibition includes 52 quilts, many made by caregivers or family members of victims. Each piece is a moving visual representation of experiences their makers have had relative to the disease, whether a tribute to a loved one, encouragement for caregivers or a focus on research.
Accompanying each quilt is an artist’s statement that conveys the story that inspired the work, as well as related facts about the disease that educate the viewer about Alzheimer’s.
In presenting “Alzheimer’s: Forgetting Piece by Piece” Shelburne Museum partnered with Vermont Public Radio and StoryCorps, Inc. to incorporate the memories of local elders from three area retirement communities – The Arbors and Wake Robin in Shelburne and clients of Elderly Services, Inc. in Middlebury. Interviews recorded by StoryCorps and produced by Vermont Public Radio are featured in listening stations in the exhibit. StoryCorps is a national initiative to record and collect stories of everyday Americans.
The exhibit was organized by the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative, a national non-profit whose mission is to raise awareness and fund Alzheimer’s research. The exhibit has been viewed at 48 venues in 31 states. “Alzheimer’s: Forgetting Piece by Piece” will be retired at the conclusion of the exhibit at Shelburne Museum. Most of the quilts will be returned to the artists who made them, however some of the artists wish to have their work auctioned to benefit the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative.
The exhibition runs from May 16 – Oct. 24. The Museum is located on Route 7 in Shelburne. For more information, call 985-3346 or visit www.shelburnemuseum.org.