Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Haley Jelinek


Henry Jackson Spieker

Paige Henry

Cassidy Rehl


Micheal Bonadio

Elise Betrus

Through the Alzheimer's Glass and Iron project, art sessions focused around watercolor painting and non toxic clay sculptures, are administered throughout Washington and Saratoga Counties. The paintings are used as inspiration for a sculptu...re created in glass or iron by artists at Salem Art Works. Here is an example of a painting made by an elderly artist suffering with Alzheimer's Disease in Saratoga Springs and the sculpture based off of it, by Elise Betrus.


Paintings created by elderly suffering with Alzheimer's Disease.

These paintings were created in Summer 2014  in Washington and Saratoga counties by elderly suffering with Alzheimer's and Dementia. They are inspired by steel sculptures by artist Marc DiSuevro, that are located at Salem Art Works. They paintings progress in style based on early to late stages of Alzheimer's Disease. In later stages of the disease the paintings become abstract and the stories that go along with them become more and more imaginative.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Alzheimer's Iron Team

Image from the last Alzheimer's Iron pour at Salem Art Works.

Walk to End Alzheimer's

The Alzheimer's Glass and Iron team at the
Walk to End Alzheimer's in Rutland VT. Saturday the 13th.

New Logo

New postcard design by
Salem Art Work's intern artists
Emily Brooks and Emily Gage.

Childrens Relief Block Activity

In August members of the Alzheimer’s Glass and Iron team volunteered with children from Salem’s Lunch & Learn Program and the Greenwich Public Library on an activity focused on memory. The book "What's Happening To Grandpa?" was read. Written by Maria Shriver, it explains the effects of Alzheimer's and memory loss in an age appropriate way. The children then carved a special memory into a relief block (that souvenir was poured in iron on August 16th at Salem Art Works). Ice-cream was kindly donated by the acclaimed Battenkill Creamery. A fun and tasty time was had by all!


Won't you please donate to the HeFeStus Pour? Mark your calendars for October 4th and get ready for the HeFeStus Pour as this amazing event returns to Beacon, NY. Watch as we pour molten iron into molds of sculptures based on paintings created by local sufferers of Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Support us and our mission to raise Alzheimer’s awareness while spreading hope and camaraderie!


Alzheimer’s Awareness Brunch

Saturday, October 18th

 Salem Art Works

19 Cary Ln., Salem NY, 12865


On October 18th the Alzheimer’s Glass and Iron project will be hosting a free educational brunch that will focus on Alzheimer’s Awareness. The Eastern New York Alzheimer’s Association will be presenting the panel, "Basics of Memory Loss," after which the Alzheimer’s Glass and Iron project will give an informational talk about the project and their accomplishments during their time at Salem Art Works.

The event accommodates all family members.  Elderly attendees suffering with Alzheimer’s and Dementia will be invited to paint with members of the Alzheimer’s Glass and Iron team while caregivers take part in informational panels lead by the Alzheimer’s Association.  Activities for children will include pumpkin painting and a reading of the book “What’s Happening to Grandpa” by Maria Shriver.

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

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Iron Dogs


In August elderly artists suffering from Alzheimer’s and Dementia in Cambridge NY, worked with clay to create dogs and dog beds. Dogs were selected to be molded and cast in iron at the Salem Art Works pour on August 16th. Tomorrow the Alzheimer’s Glass and Iron team will be returning the finished sculptures to the elderly ,to be enjoyed.

Thursday, September 4, 2014


Salem Art Work's intern Emily Gage, working on a new logo design for the Alzheimer's Glass and Iron project. The design reads Make Memories, Remember Memories. Shirts silkscreened by hand will be available at the upcoming Intercollegiate Pour on September 27th at Salem Art Works and on October 4th at the HeFeStus Pour in Beacon, NY.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Schedule August – October 2014


Nursing Home Visits

(Weekly) Around Washington and Surrounding Counties

 Members of the Alzheimer’s Glass and Iron Team (certified by the Alzheimer’s Association) will lead watercolor painting and sculpture activities throughout Washington County. These programs are not centered around having a complete art pieces when finished, but to cognitively stimulate the imagination of the elderly and create positive memories. Members of the community are welcome to join us on these outings. If interested in volunteering please contact Rose by email at alzheimersiron@gmail.com or by phone at 845-705-7499.

Basic of Memory Loss given by the Alzheimer’s Association

10-11am Bancroft Library in Salem NY, Tuesday the 12th of August

Alzheimer’s Association outreach and programs coordinator will be giving a presentation about Alzheimer’s and Dementia. The presentation will cover warning signs, types of dementia, how Alzheimer’s affects the brain, causes and risk factors, stages of the disease and hope for the future.

Presentation at the Salem Community Room

7:00-7:45 Salem Court House, Salem NY, Wednesday the 13th of August

 In this slideshow presentation we will explain the Alzheimer’s Glass and Iron project, as well as upcoming activities for caregivers and children. We will focus on the mission of the project and how we will further be developing ideas and concept during our time at Salem Art Works.

Children’s Scratch Block Activity

11:30-12:30 Greenwich Library: Wednesday August 13th            

2:00-3:00  Bancroft Library: Thursday August 14th                   

TBA ( More times and location throughout middle to late September)

In this children’s activity being held at multiple libraries throughout Washington County NY, the Alzheimer’s volunteer team will be reading the Children’s Book “What’s Happening to Grandpa?” by Maria Shiver, supplied by the Alzheimer’s Association. We will then have a group discussion about memory, while enjoying a snack. The children will be given a relief scratch block made out of sand that they can carve into. We ask that the children represent something of their own memory in the scratch block. The scratch blocks will be poured in iron on August 16th as part of an iron pour going on at Salem Art Works. The children will be able to watch their art turned into iron and pick it up on site that day. Or pick up the iron art from the library the following week

Presentation at the Argyle Nursing Home

2:00 Nursing Home in Argyle – Monday August 11th

This presentation will address an Alzheimer’s support group. In this slideshow presentation we will explain the Alzheimer’s Glass and Iron project as well as upcoming activities for caregivers and children happening at Salem Art Works and other locations within our community.

Iron Pours

( August 16th  &October 4th) Saturdays

Molten Iron by 1:30pm, Salem Art Works, Salem NY

At the Alzheimer’s Iron Pours, sculptures will be cast by artist based off paintings created by the elderly. Sculptures created by the elderly during nursing home visits will also be turned into cast iron through sand molding. Additionally relief blocks will be carved by Grandchildren affected by Alzheimer’s Disease, who will create their own artwork based off of memory. Cast Iron art will be created by artists working at Salem Art Works as well as guest artists of the Alzheimer’s Glass and Iron project. All chemicals will be covered by the project. (artists are currently responsible for their own sand fees).

Alzheimer’s Association Memories in the Making Certification Training

TBA* Sometime in September

Salem Art Works, Salem NY

During this four hour certification participants will learn about Alzheimer’s and Dementia and take away the skills to facilitate watercolor painting sessions in assisted living communities and nursing homes of their own choosing. The first two hours will be spent learning about the disease. The second two hours will consist of hands on training that deals with problem solving through role play.

About the Memories in the Making® Art program
“Memories in the Making®, introduced in 1988, is a signature art program of the Alzheimer’s Association Orange County Chapter. It is a unique program allowing persons with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia to express themselves through art. “

Alzheimer’s Glass Blow Slots

TBA - September

During Alzheimer’s Glass blow slots artist will create sculptures based off paintings created by the elderly. Additionally time will be spent making products for the Alzheimer’s Glass and Iron initiative, proceeds raised will go back into raising awareness about Alzheimer’s disease as well as sustaining art supplies in local nursing homes.

*Caregiver Event*

*TBA* Sometime in September- Salem Art Works or surrounding community

We are hoping to work with an adult day care facility in Washington County to give caregivers of elderly suffering with Alzheimer’s and Dementia a day off. The Alzheimer’s Glass and Iron project will sponsor a free art activity and host a light lunch at Salem Art Works. We want to show the caregivers we care about them. Gift bags will be provided full of products to pamper our guests.

*Glass Blowing Demo*

 TBA  (Hopefully during the Intercollegiate Iron Pour)

Guests of Salem Art Works are invited to attend a live glass blowing demonstration by Haley Jelinek and Elise Betrus, independent artists at Salem Art Works. During the demo we invite the community into the hot shop for some light refreshments as well as to raise hope and awareness. The artists will start off with a watercolor painting and use different glass blowing techniques that will result in colorful sculpture.

*Gallery Show*

TBA (Hopefully during the Intercollegiate Iron Pour?)

Opening – at Salem Art Works or at a site in the surrounding community

*Best case scenario – opening the weekend of or before the Intercollegiate and remaining up until the first week of October and second Alzheimer’s Iron Pour. This gallery show will contain watercolors made by the elderly alongside sculptures made by artists at Salem Art Works. Documentation of our time at Salem Art Works will also be included.

*Alzheimer’s Glass and Iron- Tours of Salem Art Works*

TBA On site at Salem Art Works and at local nursing homes

This program is inspired by Meet Me at the MoMa and ‘Here and Now’ by the Hyde Collection. This project will allow individuals with early stages of Alzheimer’s to tour Salem Art Works and talk to artists on site about the work they see. The dialogue will inspire imagination and allow the elderly to cognitively engage without a dependence on their memory while looking at each new sculpture. Additionally for later stages of Alzheimer’s images of Salem Art Works will be brought into nursing homes as a catalyst for conversation.


Glass blowers at Salem Art Works have been working in the hot shop to create sculptures for the Alzheimer's Glass and Iron project. Using paintings created by local elderly who suffer from Alzheimer's and Dementia, as inspiration for their own work. The glass sculptures will be donated to the local nursing homes and assisted living communities to be enjoyed by the elderly along with their caregivers and families. 

Art with the elderly.

Interns and Emerging artists at SAW have been volunteering throughout August with the Alzheimer's Glass and Iron team, to facilitate art sessions, with elderly who suffer from Alzheimer's and Dementia in Washington County, NY.



Alzheimer’s Glass and Iron Mission Statement - 2014

The Alzheimer’s Glass and Iron project is a cross generational community arts project with the focus of raising awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and using art as catalyst to comfort  grandchildren, caregivers and elderly affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia. Team members certified in the Alzheimer’s Association “Memories in the Making Watercolor Class” volunteer with the elderly to create watercolor paintings. The paintings are then interpreted into sculptures by glass and iron artists. We host workshops and events to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s. Through this process fading memories become eternal artworks.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Salem Art Works

Less then a month until Alzheimer's Glass and Iron starts a three month fellowship at Salem Art Works


or https://www.facebook.com/AlzheimersIron
for more details and to get involved.


Panel Talk at the 7th International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Arts

On June 22nd 2014 members of the Alzheimer's Glass and Iron team presented a panel about the project at the 7th International Conference on Cast Iron Art held at Pedvale Open Air Museum in Latvia. Thanks to all those who attended the talk! For those were not able to attend, a video of the presentation will be on the official conference website in a few weeks!

From left to right:

Haley Jelinek  (SAW Glass Director)
 Michelle Kwiecien(Alfred University Iron Director)
Rosemarie Oakman ( Founder, and Primary Director)
Rebecca Flis ( SAW Iron Director)
Elise Betrus ( SAW Glass Director)

Forget Me Not Garden

The Alzheimer's Glass and Iron team planted a Forget Me Not garden in collaboration with Coral Lambert's Volcano Furnace performance on June 23rd, as part of the 7th International Contemporary Cast Iron Arts Conference at the Pedvāle Open-Air Art Museum in Latvia. During the Mid Summer's night of fire and iron performance, Haley Jelinek, Rosemarie Oakman and Elise Betrus invited audience member to participate in the Forget Me Not Garden. Participants planted seeds after the first 300lb molten iron tap from the Volcano Furnace. The seeds planted during the performance help us honor all those lost, suffering or affected by Alzheimer's Disease.

Special thanks to:
The 7th ICCCIA
Coral Lambert

Pedvāle Open-Air Art Museum
Ojars Arvids Feldbergs
Laura Feldberga
Laura Miglone

Alfred University's School of Art and Design
The National Casting Center Foundry
The Women's Leadership Center

The constant love and support of our families and friends.

Forget Me Not Garden Construction

Construction of the Alzheimer's Glass and Iron Forget Me Not Garden before the performance planting in collaboration with Coral Lambert's Volcano Furnace at the 7th ICCCIA at Pedvāle Open-Air Art Museum in Latvia - June 19th through June 23rd 2014

Photo credits: Haley Jelinek