Studio Be   |  December 6

In 1983 when President Ronald Reagan designated November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, less than 2 million Americans had Alzheimer’s. Today, the number of people with the disease has soared to nearly 5.4 million.

This month see the powerful impact art has had on Alzheimer’s patient Roy W. Wunsch. Shortly after this music executive retired, the effects of the disease started to become visible. His daughter, artist Cindy Wunsch Bowen, decided to introduce him to painting so the two would have something they could do together.

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Blooming Bouquet, 2015, Acrylic on canvas, 24” x 12”

“Painting has had a powerful effect on him. It has helped his hand-eye coordination, and he loses his Alzheimer’s speak when he is painting. It has really helped his purpose in life. He works hard and very much wants to be proud of his work,” Cindy explained.

Included in the exhibit are local artists Roger Clayton, Brian Nash, Deborah Denson, Maggie Russell, Jennifer Ives, and Kent Youngstrom. Each has created work that interprets the disease through their eyes. Proceeds from the show will benefit Abe’s Garden Alzheimer’s and Memory Care Center of Excellence.

Giving back to the community has always been important to Wunsch, and with this exhibit, his daughter says, “He will be giving back to the organization that has helped him. He is giving back to his own disease.”

Color Me Happy, Artworks by Roy W. Wunsch takes place at Studio Be, 4908 B Charlotte Avenue, on Sunday, December 6, from 5 to 8 p.m. For more information, visit www.cindywunsch.com.

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