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Opening Minds Through Art

[Annette Clark]: The docents are specially trained to know how to to keep that line of communication open. We don't just throw that person with dementia and their care  partner into a room with somebody and say well  what do you think about that art? That... It's just not done that way.

For this one lady... she wasn't always able to verbally communicate but you could tell that the art was touching a very special place for her. And the docent was very insightful one day and she wanted to use  photography, so she brought in polaroid cameras and they took pictures and had just instantaneously... they would appear in front of the individual that had taken these pictures and just to see the emotion and the the the happiness that came as that person's picture developed right in front of her eyes was amazing. 

OMA: Opening Minds through Art

All of these extraordinary paintings are created by people living with dementia and participating in the "Scripps Gerontology “Opening Minds through Art” (OMA) program" presented by Art for the Journey in Richmond, VA. 

Gallery Two

This gallery contains approximately 30 abstract images created by Alzheimer's patients through the OMA (Opening Minds Through Art) program. Where known, each image is titled and attributed to the artist.

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Dawn of the new millennium - Peggy
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Unknown - Unknown
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Oh happy day - Fran
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Summerset fireworks - Vicky
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Symmetry - Bill V.
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Gold work - Carrie
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Unknown - Unknown
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Moonlight - Christine
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I'm not blue - Jean
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Stop! Look! - Rita
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Fish - Maxine
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Versatile - Glennie
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Unknown - Unknown
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Tomatoes are for picking - Barbara
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Grass fungus - John M.
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Raspberries in the air - Barbara
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Bird in flight - Pat V.
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A door knocker - Fran A.
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Found - Unknown
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Riding through the forest - Barbara T.
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Untitled - Hazel
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Easter in the distance
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Four leaf clover - Nina K.
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Unknown - Unknown
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Smorch - Peter
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Bountiful blue universe - Cindy
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State of mind - Mel W.
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Jo Lean - Pat W.
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Wear your mask - Michelle
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A new beginning - Beth
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Halloween - Rosie
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Girley - Evelynn
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Christmas Lights - Janet F.
purple stamps in the center surrounded by yellow, green and blue and progressively darker stamps
OMA Goodness - Glennie M.
abstract - brightly colored shapes (pink, blue, green) arranged on a page, several yellow dots in bottom left and right corners.
Color Contained - Mel W.

Art for the Journey partners with Dr. Lokon in providing a certification practicum to certify OMA facilitators across the USA