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Residents at The Springs at Carman Oaks will sell artwork for an Alzheimer's Association fundraiser.

COURTESY PHOTO - Frank Landon is participating in the upcoming fundraiser at The Springs at Carman Oaks. When Frank Landon, the widower of a victim of Alzheimer's disease, learned he could donate his artwork to raise money for the Alzheimer's Association, he didn't just contribute a couple of pieces. He gave his entire art collection.

"He literally cleared his walls," said Lisa Oetken, life enrichment director.

Landon's art, along with artwork created by other residents at The Springs at Carman Oaks, will be on display and for sale 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, June 21, in the parking lot of the facility at 3800 Carman Drive.

Sales from the artwork and snacks provided at the event will go toward The Springs at Carman Oaks' annual fundraiser for the Alzheimer's Association.

While the independent, assisted living and memory care facility has held a similar fundraiser for the association the last three years prior to the pandemic, this is the first year they've decided to add art.

"I know the residents here, and staff, are passionate about doing what we can to join the fight to end Alzhiemer's," Oetken said.

At the last fundraiser The Springs held, Oetken said they raised more than $2,400.

"Every visitor is just a spark of positive energy for us," said Oetken, adding that people will stop by the event and share stories of those impacted by the disease and will leave donations even if they don't know any residents.

Oetken said the idea for creating artwork for the sale came from the Alzheimer's Association's Memories in the Making art class for people in memory care. Oetken said staff spent the day learning about the class so it could bring the opportunity to residents while implementing all the guidelines for people in memory care. For independent living, they held a similar, more hands-off watercolor workshop.

The artwork for sale comes from pieces created in those classes.

Landon is the only resident donating artwork he's created outside of the watercolor workshop.

"He's passionate about helping the cause," Oetken said.

Landon said he was in the watercolor class with nine other women.

"It's a lot of fun. We've learned a lot … and we've all progressed," Landon said. "We think this is an awful good cause and we'll be there."

Landon said he is looking forward to showcasing his pencil sketch of Elvis Presley. He's also donating watercolor artwork, acrylic pieces and paint-by-numbers.

All the pieces on display also will have a mat-board frame, which was decorated by volunteers in the Three Rivers National Charity League.

"It is so much fun for our residents to participate in this show and what makes it fun is visiting with someone who's bothered to stop by," Oetken said.


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