The Dana L. Wiley Gallery presents two simultaneous exhibitions in April that uniquely explore the power and possibility in creative expression for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias. At their essence, these exhibitions assert a new form of consciousness about what it can mean to bring creative care in large ways and small, to 20 memory care residents or a single woman, their family, friends and community.

Connections: Moments of Clarity brings together Dayton area artists and residents in local memory care facilities who created watercolors that spark connection and moments of clarity for them, their family, friends and community. For this exhibition, The Dana L. Wiley Gallery has curated the creative expressions of over 20 memory care residents, pairing them with artists who have created an interpretation of their resident’s painting, working with the same 8” x 8” format in the medium of their choice. These pairings will be put into silent auction on May 14th, 10am- 9pm culminating in a ticketed closing night event that evening.

**After you have received the email that you have the winning bid, please go to the Dayton Foundation to make your payment. The name of the fund is Dana L. Wiley Gallery. Please add your name, address and email. Do not check anonymous. We will need to confirm payment.**


The Closing Night Event will be emceed by Sara Woodhull.


A native Daytonian, Sara Woodhull was appointed to the Dayton Metro Library Board of Trustees in 2021. Currently the Major Gifts Officer for WYSO 91.3 FM, Sara is an experienced fundraising and business development professional with a record of building long-term, sustainable relationships. Previous professional experience includes serving as Director of Development for Wright State University’s College of Liberal Arts, and Director of Development for the University of Dayton’s College of Arts and Sciences and the University Libraries. Sara serves on the Advisory Board for the Greater Dayton Conservation Fund and is Vice President of the Garden Club of Dayton.

Valet Parking / hors d’oeuvres prepared by Chef Joseph Fish/ Complimentary Cocktails / Music presented by Viva La Strings
Brief remarks by guest speakers at 7:30pm.

Please visit Eventbrite to make your donation for the Closing Night Event on May 14th, 7pm. Please RSVP to Spacing is limited. 

 List of participating artists

Both exhibitions open to the public on the Front Street First Friday, April 1 and run through Saturday, May 14 with a limited, ticketed closing event, honoring the possibilities of creative care. Proceeds from the virtual silent auction and a portion of closing night ticket sales will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association Miami Valley Chapter in support of their work. 


Pairing No.1 "Sunrise"

Connie Stucke- Resident                      Gretchen Durst Jacobs- Artist


“Our April exhibitions bring profound, new awareness not only of Alzheimer’s and other dementias but about the impact of creative care for those living with the disease. The Dana L. Wiley Gallery is committed to exhibitions like Connections: Moments of Clarity and RELISH | relinquish that make a strong connection through art, informing and inspiring our community. My hope is that the understanding and insights from these important exhibitions will increase both awareness of and support for these diseases that cause such anguish.” Dana L. Wiley.

The Connections concept originally came to gallery owners Dana Wiley and Gary Hinsche from artist Karen Fisher who lives and works in both Dayton and Denver. Inspired by Memories in the Making, an Alzheimer Association’s nationwide program, Karen discovered that painting with her father after his Alzheimer’s diagnosis, helped maintain a close relationship with him as the disease progressed.


University of Dayton, Department of Art + Design

Participating Students:

Elena Bellisario

Mary conner

Mary kate Fleisher

Joseph Swisher

The gallery was able to connect with University of Dayton Department of Art + Design through Julie Jones Ruse, Senior Lecturer. She created a program for the photography students to interview residents living with Alzheimer's dementia and also with the artists who have gone into the memory care facilities to help create the artwork for the fundraiser. Based on the interviews, they created a zine for the gallery. 

"These students joined me from across the department (multiple disciplines) to work on this collaborative project in our class, Color Photography. This course engages with the technical, visual, and conceptual aspects of color in photography as well as various techniques of bookmaking (including zines). The students were broken into two groups: Mary and Mary Kate visited Sisters Alice and Judy at Sisters of the Precious Blood and Elena and Joseph met with Rusty, Ed, and Joan at Randall Residence. Both groups of students were responsible for interviewing their subject (Sister Alice and Rusty) and then taking photographs that would help define their role with the Connections exhibit and fundraiser. I was present during both of these meetings and photoshoots to help coordinate, but the students really took it upon themselves to lead and investigate in their own way. 
After the photographs were made we met with Dana and Gary from Dana Wiley Gallery and Karen Carter from the Alzheimer's Association Miami Valley chapter to learn a bit more about the Alzheimer's fundraiser and association in greater detail. Once all the information, interviews, and photographs were gathered students began to work on the zine. Mary was in charge of transcribing all of the spoken interviews, Joseph was responsible for designing the zine, and Elena and Mary Kate took over choosing and editing the photographs that would go into the zine. All of the students helped one another on the copy text within the zine, with me overseeing the entire process. 
The students have vocalized to me that they found this opportunity very rewarding and it was so amazing for them to see the work they created go further than a critique wall and a grade and into the community for a real purpose." 
                                                                                            Julie Jones Ruse




The Dayton Foundation, the Gallery’s presenting partner for Connections: Moments of Clarity, is the region’s community foundation, managing donors’ charitable funds, advancing charitable giving and providing leadership and grants to address and strengthen the changing charitable needs of Ohio’s greater Dayton region.


This is an official Walk to End Alzheimer's Event



Please visit EVENTBRITE to make your donations to the Closing Night Event.

Please RSVP to Spacing is limited.

Registration for CONNECTIONS Virtual Silent Auction 2022

Auction Items will remain hidden until May 13th. 




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