Artists invited to participate in Alzheimer’s Association’s ‘Unforgettable Art: Affair for Alzheimer’s’ April 28

50 local artisans sought to create works of art for same-day auction at event to raise awareness and funds for Greater Illinois Chapter programs, services and support

The Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Illinois Chapter and AWARE (Advocates for Alzheimer’s Awareness) invite artists to create works of art to be auctioned during “Unforgettable Art: An Affair for Alzheimer’s,” the organization’s annual fund-raiser April 28.

The deadline for the association to receive artist registration forms (with a slide or photograph of the artist’s work) is Feb. 1. Entries then will be juried and 50 artists selected for the event.

Artists begin painting in the afternoon before guests arrive and throughout the event, with the final artwork completed before the live auction at 8:30 p.m. The association provides artists with canvases, acrylic paints, brushes and other supplies. Artists choosing to work in other media must provide their own materials.

“This is a fabulous opportunity for guests to be among 50 talented local artisans all creating works of art before their eyes in a warehouse-turned-studio, and it is a wonderful way for artists to share their inspiration that transforms a blank canvas into one-of-a-kind works of art,” said Sharon DeDoncker, chairman of the annual event and charter member of AWARE.

“This also is a great way for art lovers to support AWARE and the Alzheimer’s Association,” she added. “Proceeds from auctioning the brand-new art go to the association to provide programs, services, information and support for the more than half million Illinoisans affected by Alzheimer’s, including 9,000 people with the disease in northern Illinois, plus their families and caregivers.”

“Unforgettable Art: An Affair for Alzheimer’s” will be Saturday, April 28, at Valley Expo and Displays, 4950 American Rd. in Rockford, beginning at 6 p.m. The event is the premier fund-raiser for AWARE, with more than $100,000 raised for the Alzheimer’s Association since 2004.

Tickets are $50 per person. Order tickets online at or call (815) 484-1300. For more information, contact Jane Snively at the association at (815) 484-1300 or, or Sharon DeDoncker at (815) 398-8209 or

Alzheimer’s (AHLZ-high-merz) is a progressive disease that destroys brain cells, memory and a person’s ability to learn, reason, make judgments, communicate and carry out daily activities. More than 4.5 million Americans older than 65 have Alzheimer’s and there may be a half million Americans younger than 65 who have dementia. The disease can last from three to 20 years (eight years is the average). The Alzheimer’s Association—Greater Illinois Chapter serves 68 counties in Illinois with offices in Bloomington, Carterville, Chicago, Joliet, Rockford, Skokie and Springfield. For more information, visit or call the chapter’s 24-hour Helpline at (800) 272-3900.

From the Jan. 24-30, 2007, issue

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