Pittsfield: Artists with dementia to exhibit at First Friday Artswalk


Twenty Berkshire artists, all who have Alzheimer’s disease or some form of dementia, will present their work at the First Fridays Artswalk in downtown Pittsfield.

An opening reception for the "Memories in the Making" exhibit will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, at 33 Dunham Mall across from City Hall. There will be live music and refreshments. The public is encouraged to attend.

The show will run Aug. 1 to 31 and can be seen from 9 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Memories in the Making program further empowers participants by displaying their artwork in calendars, postcards and exhibitions.

The Alzheimer’s Association’s Memories in the Making program arms memory-impaired individuals with new tools for expression when words fail. Through art therapy, individuals can use canvas and brush to share their ideas, feelings and memories, bringing them a sense of accomplishment and renewed self-worth.

Recently, the Berkshire Alzheimer’s Partnership introduced the program to Berkshire County, providing facilitator training to local health care professionals. Led by art therapist Kaye Shaddock, the training equipped attendees with the knowledge and skills necessary to implement this program at nursing homes and assisted living communities throughout the Berkshires, including Epoch Assisted Living at Melbourne, Hillcrest Commons, Kimball Farms, Craneville Place, and Sugar Hill.


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