Caregiving Art Show

Denise

Caregiving Art Show

Denise
Welcome!

Scroll down to enjoy our Sixth Annual Caregiving Art Show. You can click on each piece for a larger view. Be sure to vote for your favorite piece. The artist who created your top choice wins $50.

About the Artists:

Louise Fritsche: "I am a care partner with my spouse of 46 years, who has Parkinson"ism". Every day is a challenging journey together because the only predictable thing with this disease, is that is is unpredictable. Our days are about embracing the moment and keeping the day headed in a positive direction. I love making things, creating something beautiful or fun that someone else will enjoy. It gives me much satisfaction when a viewer connects with my creative expressions through various media forms I use. Since my DH's diagnosis, I've become addicted to quilting. It's my "Calgon Take Me Away" time (just not in a bathtub). Quilts = comfort, warmth, healing, love & hugs, to wrap around yourself and feel at peace and rest."

Laura Roehl: "I have been caring for my 87-year-old father in some fashion for over two years. He moved in with us a year and a half ago and this past June, after a disabling stroke, I took a leave of absence from work to care for him full time. He has advanced heart disease, mild dementia, diabetes with neuropathy and is currently on hospice. In spite of the difficulties, I feel so blessed to spend this special time with my dad. As soon as I held a crayon as a child I knew creating was something special and that I wanted to be an artist. I have always felt alive when I am creating. With stained glass I typically use copper foil method, which I then solder and zinc or lead came if it's a panel. I also use vintage postcards, patterned paper and art glass to make wall art and pendants. I like these materials because they aren't typically used for stained glass. Creating art is a comfort when I've had a rough patch, it is hypnotic, it is joyful, and puts me in touch with my Creator. Creating is a huge part of my inner core, a gift I feel compelled to share."

Cindy Saxon: Cindy cares for her mom.

Jan Shriver: "I cared for my mother, who had dementia and who passed away last year."



Our Sixth Annual Caregiving Art Show




anewsongLouise Fritsche describes her artwork: "'A New Song' is a quilted wall hanging I just completed. After we moved last year, we missed the view through the window that was by our bed. I looked forward to watching the new morning come and hearing the birds begin to sing their new songs in the early morning hours. I found this fabric panel of birds and created a window. The first morning after I hung this piece by our bed, my DH and I woke to 'view' the birds, greeting the day with 'A New Song.' (We really can hear birds from a nearby tree. lol). 'New': to become fresh, free from taint, full of renewed vigor."




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Cindy Saxon describes her artwork: "I took this picture of mom and my daughter comforting her. It was one of many moments that could have been a last moment, though thankfully, we were only getting ahead of ourselves. Once mom's heart stopped racing, she stated, 'Okay, I'm all better now' but in this photo, my daughter was preparing to let her nana go. My daughter captioned this, 'We took care of each other.' Weeks later, Mom was curled up next to Adrienne who had suffered a concussion. Ain't family grand!!"




cross_for_dad

Laura Roehl describes her artwork: "I made this piece for my Dad. He is a very faith filled man and I wanted to make him something that would show him the impact his faith has had on me. It is hanging in his bedroom window."




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Laura Roehl describes her artwork: "I made this Apple Blossom panel for a dear friend when she was going through treatment for lymphoma."




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Laura Roehl: Dragonfly for Donna




psalm42

Louise Fritsche describes her artwork: "I did this copper foil etching to give my DH on one of our wedding anniversary (August 15) a few years ago (this month we celebrated 46 years). I titled it 'Psalm 42' because it speaks of how the life of a deer depends on water so our lives depend on God. This Psalm is an antidote for depression and anxieties we experience with DH's disease of Parkinson"ism" (or 'whatever it is,' as we call it). It takes our mind off the present situation and gives us hope things will improve. Creating things like this is my way to shift my focus from a despair that feels like it's trying to suck me into a bottomless pit of darkness. Creating a piece like this opens my soul to the light and brighter days."




oldglory

Louise Fritsche describes her artwork: "This quilted wall hanging is 'Old Glory' with Pledge of Allegiance quilted around the inner border."




ode

Jan Shriver describes her artwork: "My 'Ode to Peter Max' was completed while listening to Denise's Certified Caregiving Consultant class!"




flowers

Jan Shriver describes her artwork: "Currently, I am exploring a skill with much history, crewel needlepoint, and look forward to mastering its detail."