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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

HEFeSTUS - IRON POUR FESTIVAL-BEACON, NY





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
 




Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Alzheimer's Awareness Brunch at Salem Art Works

Wednesday, July 1st
11:00am-1:00pm
Salem Art Works
19 Cary Ln, Salem, NY 12865
 
The Alzheimer’s Glass and Iron project along with The Salem Art Works will be hosting a free educational brunch that will focus on Alzheimer’s Awareness.   The Northeastern NY Alzheimer’s Association will be presenting, "Basics of Memory Loss" After the presentation, the Alzheimer’s Glass and Iron project will give a brief informational talk about the project and show examples of artwork made by the ten artists participating in the two week Alzheimer's Glass and Iron residency . Afterwards there will be a glass blowing demo in the Salem Art Work's hot shop. Members of the Alzheimer's Glass team will create a sculpture based off of a painting created by an elderly community members living with Alzheimer's Disease or Dementia.  Brunch and drinks will be served.

Please RSVP by calling 845-705-7499 or email alzheimersiron@gmail.com


Free Alzheimer's Awareness Brunch

Saturday, June 20th
10:00-Noon
The Wesley Health Care Center
131 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Victoria dining room 2nd floor
 
The Alzheimer’s Glass and Iron project along with The Wesley Community will be hosting a free educational brunch that will focus on Alzheimer’s Awareness.   The Northeastern NY Alzheimer’s Association will be presenting, "Basics of Memory Loss" After the presentation, the Alzheimer’s Glass and Iron project will give a brief informational talk about the project and show examples of artwork made by residents from The Wesley Community.  Brunch and drinks will be served.

Please RSVP by calling 518-691-1517 or email tcholewinski@thewesleycommunity.org