APRIL 21ST, 6:30

RELISH | relinquish, at the Dana L. Wiley Gallery between April 1 and May 15, 2022, connects one woman’s experience living with late-stage Alzheimer’s dementia to the work of two women artists who use mixed-media, film and photography to evoke story. The exhibit is a multi-layered, collaborative, and interpretive look at how the language of art-making resides in and arises from a deep, inner world of imagination and memory.


Mixed-media artist, Karen Fisher and filmmaker/photographer, Gayle Nosal spent two months with Rosie Monnin in the fall of 2021. Rosie painted, danced, and sang in Karen’s studio. She collected leaves and whistled in nearby parks. When friends and family visited Rosie, Karen and Gayle observed and connected to Rosie’s past. Sometimes we sat in silence beside Rosie and gathered ambiguity. Rosie carried with her a green-tinted prism, bunches of leaves, and beaded necklaces that became further windows into her world. Though Rosie’s verbal communications had lessened, her abstract expressions of color, her playful spontaneity, and complex emotionality became powerful invitations for Karen and Gayle to meet Rosie in her world of possibilities.

Members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Dayton are invited to a  private guided tour and discussion with the artists Karen Fisher and Gayle Nosal. You will view and discuss the artwork exhibited in the gallery, view a short filmand have access to ‘behind-the-scenes’ videos showing how the artwork was created.
In addition, the Alzheimer’s Association will present Effective Communication Strategies which provides insight on how we can continue to engage with those living with dementia through the beginning, middle and late stages of the disease. Here is the description of this presentation:
Communication is more than just talking and listening – it’s also about sending and receiving messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language. As people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress in their journey and the ability to use words is lost, families need new ways to connect. Join us to explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s, learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease.

The Effective Communication Strategies program of the Alzheimer’s Association was designed to provide practical information and resources to help dementia caregivers learn to decode verbal and behavioral messages from people with dementia.
To register for this event go to https://udayton.eventsair.com/udolli/danalwileyreg.   Once registered you will receive a confirmation message.  Closer to the date you will receive directions to the  Dana L. Wiley Gallery, parking information and exhibit material to review prior to the event.