Monday, October 26, 2015

Southeastern College Arts Conference

On Thursday October 22nd the Alzheimer's Glass and Iron project's founder Rosemarie Oakman spoke on a panel about Cast Iron Art at the Southeastern College Art Conference in Pittsburgh, PA. Alzheimer's Iron in the IRON CITY. A big thank you to everyone who attended the panel and learned about our community arts project that use art to raise awareness about Alzheimer's disease and act compassionately to those touched by it. 


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Monday, September 7, 2015

Alzheimer's Iron at the Intercollegiate Pour

The Alzheimer's Iron team is so excited for Salem Art Work's 9th Annual Intercollegiate Iron Pour!! Hope to see everyone there September 25th, 26th and 27th!! ‪#‎Salemartworks‬ ‪#‎SAW‬ ‪#‎ironpour‬ ‪#‎moltenmetal‬ ‪#‎intercolliagteironpour‬ ‪#‎alzglassandiron

Painting the Green Mountains

This summer elderly artists living with Dementia painted the Green and Adirondack Mountain ranges for two weeks in late June during the Alzheimer's Glass and Iron residency at Salem Art Works. Three nursing homes were involved and over two dozen paintings were created. Stimulating the elderly's imagination and allowing the individuals to express themselves.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Alzheimer's Iron by Rosemarie Oakman

Alzheimer's Glass in Sartoga Springs.

The two glass sculptures below were created by artists at Salem Art Works and based off of watercolor paintings created by elderly individuals living at the Wesley Community in Saratoga Springs, NY. The glass sculptures and paintings were returned to the Wesley on June 20th, 2015 as part of an Alzheimer's Awareness Brunch hosted by the Alzheimer's Glass and Iron project. At the Alzheimer's Awareness Brunch, Bill Hinrich of the Eastern, New York Alzheimer's Association preseted the "Basics of Memory Loss", followed by a short presentation by the Alzheimer's Glass and Iron project. All together three glass sculptures and one cast iron sculptures were donated to the Wesley Community that day. A big thank you to all of the elderly artists as well as glass and metal artists involved!

Thursday, June 4, 2015


Thank you to everyone who made the HEFeSTUS pour possible. It was a great time pouring with you all! What a wonderful event organized by the talented Marisa Lomonaco, Chip Schwartz and Charlie Engelman. Live music, delicious local food, cold beer, hot iron, burlesque and a big gathering of community in Beacon, New York. Congratulations you guys, we are so happy we were a part of HEFeSTUS 2015!

Salem Art Works ran the Alzheimer's Iron furnace and cast 35 sculptures created by elderly individuals living with Alzheimer's Disease in Beacon and Fishkill, New York, Cambridge, New York and Bennington Vermont. All of the sculptures will be returned to the nursing homes or to the families of the elderly individuals.

Rebbeca Flis ran an a kiln to melt wax out of ancient African dung molds and Messo American Charcoal Molds. The mold are environmentally friendly and a unique and interesting approach to cast iron art. The sculptures inside were created by members of the Salem Art Works community. If you are interested in learning the process and creating your own dung and charcoal molds please check

Images of the finished Alzheimer's Iron sculptures as well as the sculptures made in ancient dung and charcoals molds will be posted in the future.

Special thanks to Michael Bonadio, Zac Ward, Chase Winkler, Rebecca Flis, Tim Peters, Michael Dominick, Morgan Donahue, Matt Mroz and Robert Modafferi for a smooth pour with white hot metal.

Dung and Charcoal Molds in the Fire Brick Kiln

Ancient Mold Kiln.

Charcoal molds with molten iron inside.
Alzheimer's Iron Furnace