Joyce Reese                                                          Gretchen Jacobs-Artist   

 Purple Mountain                                                                 Mountain


The Dana L. Wiley Gallery presents two simultaneous exhibitions in April that offer perspective on Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias.

Connections: Moments of Clarity brings together Dayton area artists and residents in memory care facilities to create paintings that spark connection and moments of clarity for persons living with Alzheimer’s or related dementias, while enabling families and friends in our community to find connections and moments of clarity with their loved ones.

The Darker Sooner brings the work of Dayton and Denver artist Karen Fisher exploring the impact of Alzheimer’s and related dementias on people and society through nine mixed media pieces. Her exhibition takes its title from the poem by Catherine Wing, Associate Professor of English, Kent State University.

The exhibition concepts came to gallery owners Dana Wiley and Gary Hinsche from artist Karen Fisher who lives and works in both Dayton and Denver. Inspired by the Alzheimer’s Association’s nationwide program, Memories in the Making, she had discovered that painting with her father after his Alzheimer's diagnosis helped maintain a close relationship with him even as his disease progressed. “For my dad and others, art can be an outlet for creative expression, sensory stimulation, an opportunity to reach outside their dementia, focus on who they once were and still are and communicate the stories and memories that arise during the painting process.”

Given their personal connections to Alzheimer’s, Dana and Gary were immediately interested in pursuing the exhibition. For 3-1/2 months, Karen along with local artists, Scott Gibbs and Rusty Harden, met with residents in their facilities for art sessions to create 8” x 8” watercolors paintings. Then, the Dana L. Wiley Gallery curated the residents’ work and paired 32 of the pieces with Dayton artists who will create an interpretation of their resident’s watercolor, working with the same 8” x 8” format in the medium of their choice. Included in the silent auction are three donated pieces area from artists Gary Beeber, Glen Cebulash, and Jean Koeller. 

The Dana L. Wiley Gallery will place the exhibition’s 32 paired works and three works donated by local artists into virtual silent auction event on May 15th.


Deborah McLoud                                                             Kevin Harris- Artist                                

Symphony of Sublime Bloom of Color                         Walled Garden              


All proceeds from the silent auction will benefit the Alzheimer's Association Miami Valley Chapter in support of their work to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementias through brain health. 

The gallery will hold a preview of all the artwork included in the virtual silent auction starting May 13th. The silent auction will be held May 15th from 10am to 9pm. 

To make a donation to the Alzheimer's Association, Miami Valley Chapter, please visit our fundraising page through the Alzheimer's Association website under Walk to End Alzheimer's. 

More information to follow.

While the gallery is open to the public, we ask that you make an appointment to view this important exhibition through the Schedule a Visit to the Gallery page.

For a list of artist participating in this exhibit, see page.

This exhibit is honored to be supported by these local businesses: