Welcome to Moments of Memory

Art from the Heart of Alzheimer’s Artists

Celebrating our 14th year!



Nancy’s Lipstick Heart – February 2020, sadly our last class…


 We have not been able to re-open to teach our Alzheimer’s art classes since February 2020. Hard to believe its been two years, since the artists are on our minds everyday! Sigh…I miss them all terribly and hope they are all doing as well as can be expected!  This must be a verrrrry confusing time for them!!!


I really want to keep our non-profit alive and well in these unpredictable times! However, as you know the elder care communities have been the hardest hit by this pandemic, which just breaks my heart. I will keep you posted as we change course.


I send love to all my supporters, old and new, my artists, their families and the support staffs working under very difficult conditions to care for our elderly.


From all of us at Moments of Memory!

We are praying and hoping that ALL our artists, their families and all the caregivers and staff in memory care and retirement communities are staying healthy and positive!

We are missing all of you and the very personal bonds we have developed over the years!


Nancy's Pine Tree, Acrylic

Nancy’s Pine Tree


We all have a story…

What is yours?

We all seem to know someone who is living with memory loss…


A family member, a friend, a neighbor, a business associate or even someone working in the memory care field…


How can you help?  If you have the cure for Alzheimer’s that would be earth shattering! But if you don’t (sigh) then You can help us bring joy, smiles, laughs and Moments of Memory to our artists living in memory care communities when time permits!


Moments of Memory shares our methods of creating art experiences around the globe…130+ countries to date and growing!


It’s about the people!

It’s about the process!

It’s about the joy, you can’t spell Journey without the Joy!


It’s about the journey and all the moments of memory the process inspires. It’s about the smiles created, it’s about the laughs that are contagious, maybe only for a moment, but what else matters!


It’s about the joy, the distraction from lost memories in the moment, and maybe even numbs the aches and pains of their everyday lives.


It’s about the people!


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Our Joyous Summit Estates Artists!

Our Annual Art Gallery was on display at Summit Estates Senior Living! 35 Masterpieces of Flora and Fauna and More! Enjoyed by family, friends, staff and residents! 



We are very proud to announce that 2 of our artist’s masterpieces were selected to be exhibited at the Dementia Action Alliance Arts Fest! Their art is also highlighted in the organization’s 66 page catalog. The event was held June 20-22, 2019 in Atlanta, GA.

The Seashore by OD Hoyle, Soft Pastels on black paper, 2014

Antique Vase of Swirl Flowers by Martha “Dee” Weaver, Mixed media, 2018









Please remember:

People will forget what you said~

People will forget what you did~

But people will never forget how you made them feel

by Maya Angelou


We teach, work, and live by her profound words!



We are extremely excited that our website had been viewed 

in 130+ countries in 2019 ~ 2021! 

We love sharing our art and techniques for people living with dementia and creating art experiences that may bring them loving Moments of Memory


~Celebrating our 14th Anniversary~

 January & February winter art in 2020


The artists created their masterpieces using our Paper Palette Process of pre-painted paper. Artists first selected the colors and textures they preferred. Some of the artists created abstract mosaics, others created hearts. They were given a pre-cut heart pattern which they traced on the back of the art and cut out.  


Pat B.’s Mosaic Heart

Lois’s Volcano Mosaic


JoAnn’s Earthquake Mosaic

Jim’s Winter Landscape



Musical Thunder by Irene H

Irene’s Musical Thunder




And we couldn’t do what we did in 2019 -2020 without the continued support of our local memory care communities:

Arbors Memory Care Community

Summit Estates Senior Living & Memory Care

…and our artist’s families and friends!



Shirley’s watercolor Seaside Sunset



Our goal is to make a difference in people’s lives…if only for a moment.


We would love your feedback and comments at the bottom. Thank you!

Email:  alzart18@icloud.com

or call (775) 848-4757 with your questions.

Our Mission:

 Moments of Memory… Art from the  Hearts of Alzheimer’s Artists. 


A program of visual art expression developed for those living with Alzheimer’s and related dementias.  With passion and purpose Moments of Memory classes create a safe, supportive environment for social interaction and self-expression resulting in a non-critical and fail-safe experience.  Specific techniques enable individuals to focus on a task at hand and experience a sense of accomplishment, counteracting feelings of depression and isolation.  Having the opportunity to share the tangible reward of their efforts in a group setting renews self-confidence and trust.  Reconnecting with society in a productive community restores a sense of self even in the later stages of the artist’s illness.   

 ART: I’ve Got Your Back by Babs, created with women’s cosmetics!      

 We would REALLY appreciate your feedback and comments…it takes a village!


78 Responses to “About Moments of Memory”

  1. Lynette Says:

    Hi Katrina! Thank you for the kind words. It’s always nice when you can speak from experience and from your heart. We can’t wait to see your smiling face in our classes again!

  2. Lynette Says:

    Thank you Dustin and thanks for always coming to my rescue when we’re setting up for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s!
    I know I can always count on you!

  3. Lynette Says:

    Hi Laura! My artists and I miss your always smiling face, kind heart and helpful hands. We wish you well on your new journey in life and hope we’ve shed some light for you on the lives our Alzheimer’s artists live each day. Missing you!

  4. Dustin Says:

    I love to see how the art work turns out and how many different art projects the artist create with moments of memory. it’s a great organization.

  5. Katrina Says:

    Moments of memory is an amazing organization, it’s not only wonderful for the artist but also for the artist’ family. The families get to see how wonderful the loved ones have done and how much potential they have as they see the art work. I absolutely love to volunteer for moments of memory I get to see the artist so happy. After they do the art projects they have a big smile and I swear they have a sparkle in there eyes. It’s so nice to see what a huge difference moments of memory makes for everyone. I know they are all looking forward to the spring art work and let’s be honest so are we.

  6. Lynette Says:

    Thank you for the kind words Robert!!!! And thank you so much for always donating during our fundraisers, it means the world to me!

  7. Lynette Says:

    Thank you Georgia, you’ve continued to be such a great supporter of the program since the beginning in 2008!
    Look for your order this week!

  8. Georgia Duffy Mayon Says:

    Love this amazing organization on so many levels!!! Love my annual calendar every year!!

  9. Robert Hickman Says:

    A user friendly format with achievements and objectives clearly expressed in a visual and written manner,; Educational information for all persons involved are presented in a compassionate manner an uplifting and encouraging stance to continue the battles toward finding improvements and the cure to this debilitating disease, From top to bottom , start to finish an A+

  10. Laura Field Says:

    I had an internship with Moments of Memory and I couldn’t have been more grateful for the experience I had. The people we worked with always knew what day it was when we came, because they looked forward to the art classes so much! It is a program that has a lot of impact and truly improves the lives of those living with memory impairments!! Plus Lynette is just a wonderful, wonderful person!! ❤

  11. A huge Thank You to our supporters this year, without You we could not keep our wings afloat! And Thank you to our memory care communities for welcoming us into their facilities!

  12. Lynette Says:

    Thank you so much Robert for taking the time to comment and your personal insights. This is what we hope for, that it will touch you and bounce off your heart! Have a fabulous inspired day. Lynette

  13. Robert Frome Says:

    I just viewed the beautiful work created by your artists. It stopped me in my tracks, trying to make another plane connection. How unexpected, to be compelled to take all the time to experience each piece. Each one made me feel that, somehow, I became acquainted with the artist. It was also the result of the great display work. I have been enriched and have made your website a ‘favorite.’

  14. Lynette Says:

    Hello Patty, yes all of the framed art is available after April 18th when the gallery comes down. Is there a particular piece you are interested in?…and thank you for asking!

  15. Patty Oliphant Says:

    Good morning,
    Are any of these works for sale?
    Patty Oliphant

  16. Karen Lenk Says:

    Thank you

  17. Lynette Says:

    Hi Karen, I love Ashland:) Not that I know of…but contact the local Alzheimer’s Association and ask them if they have a Memories in the Making program. Also Google Elder Art in Ashland and you might find some weekly classes. Good Luck!

  18. Karen Lenk Says:

    I just moved my mother from Reno Nevada to Southern Oregon to be closer to me. Ashland to be specific. Does anyone know of anyone doing this sort of work in my area? Karen

  19. Karon Says:

    I’m so happy that your artists will be creating more fabulous artwork! 😊

  20. Lynette Schweigert Says:

    Thank you Karon McDonald for your nice donation…..I’m going to go shopping and buy paper for our art projects!!!

  21. Lynette Says:

    Erica, intern extraordinaire! So great to hear from you. Hoping your travel studies went well. Look forward to seeing you at Stone Valley! Happy New Year!

  22. Erica Moran Says:

    I am looking through the art gallery now- I love seeing the new projects that are up. The artwork is absolutely beautiful. I hope to see you soon at your new location. You are making a difference and you inspire me!

  23. Lynette, congratulations on the News and Review wins for Best Non Profit AND Best Volunteer. Thanks for all you do for those living with Alzheimer’s!

  24. Lynette Says:

    Lisa, I’m so sorry I didn’t see your comment, and it so wonderful, Thank You! So happy you liked your card. We haven’t had any in stock but will soon and I’ll certainly keep you posted, you’ll be first on my list! Have a nice memorial day weekend and thank you for contacting me!

  25. Lisa Basterrechea Says:

    I’m greatfully inspired by the work of art created by such beautiful people.
    I thankfully recieved one of your cards as a house warming 🎁 when we moved into our new house by our neighbors. I’m really wanting to get some of these cards to share any of my special occasions, with the wonderful sharing of this group/organisation and non profit wonderful for memory. I will continue to look and see if I can find how to buy some of not how do I recieve any or can I?
    Lisa and Mike Basterrechea

  26. wendy knor Says:

    Just amazing…I am always touched when I see the work you inspire!

  27. Donna Rooney Says:

    Hi! Haven’t been on the site forever. Thank God for your talent and your enthusiasm for Moments of Memory. Thanks also for Mom’s, Edith’s, lovely tribute. She really loved working with you. Keep up the good work.

  28. Pamela Lambert Says:

    Lynette! Well done! Your passion is evident on this page. Congrats on another successful event! Yay! xo

  29. Lynette Says:

    Thank you everyone for the nice comments! I’m happy you’re liking and looking!

  30. Christina Reynolds Says:

    Had an awesome time at the car show and I am looking forward to the art auction on October 23rd! This is an amazing organization!

  31. Congratulations on the RGJ award! Very well deserved. Thank you for your dedication Lynette.

    Everyday I see the wonderful art that out resident have made and it make me happy knowing how much joy was created along with the beautiful images.

  32. Erica mora Says:

    I can’t wait for the walk to end Alzheimer’s 🙂 loved volunteering last year!

  33. Janine Says:

    Lynette….Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for such a wonderful event and honoring the love of my life. We all had a great time….moustaches were such a super fun tribute to George!

  34. Karon McDonald Says:

    Beautiful job on the new artwork all! The gentlemen have such talent, it’s great to see the “masculinity” in their work. I especially love the bright colored artwork, as you know me! Miss all of the artists and especially YOU!! I am using what you have taught me to enhance the lives of the residents where I now work, although it is not the same without you there to assist me, it DOES work! Love to you my friend and mentor!

  35. Thank you to everyone for all the great comments regarding the NEW art in the Gallery of Art! I do pass on your comments to the artists and they are very touched by your kind words!
    We appreciate each and everyone of our supporters, followers and those who “Like” us on FB. Cheers to a New Year of great art experiences for our artists!!!!

  36. Lynette Says:

    Dear Debra, Thank you so very much for the generous calendar order!!!
    I sincerely hope you and your clients enjoy them all year long!
    Hope your holidays are Splendid and Memorable, Lynette

  37. Lynette — LOVE your site! I cannot always be present in person at your events but you know I am always there in my heart! Love much, Debra Fredericks

  38. Raina Says:

    I love the site and the new photos put up! I look forward to purchasing a 2014 calendar as well!

  39. Sean Fogarty Says:

    Oh wow! We look so good in the pictures at the walk! I really had a lot of fun that day and I would be so interested to do it again! We love the work you do Lynette 🙂

  40. Lynette Says:

    Thank you Laurie for inviting us to spend time with your residents! We had a fabulous experience with creative results. We can’t wait to come visit Bonaventure again soon. Thank you for all your assistance:)

  41. Laurie Says:

    Thank you so very much for coming out to Bonaventure today! It was so good to meet you and Karen, I know the residents really enjoyed painting today by looking at their smiling faces 🙂

  42. lazysue@gmail.com Says:

    I will definitely stop by the Arbors and purchase some of those wonderful greeting cards. I particularly like the pink long legged bird.

  43. Gina Says:

    So excited about this years Art Auction on April 11. Always love watching the artists enjoy their event. Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

  44. Wendy Knorr Says:

    I am so pleased to see this program continue in our area. Thank you to all those who have supported it. Make plans to join us for the event April 11th – you will be inspired beyond belief! See you then!

  45. You have given me great ideas regarding this subject! I was looking for these kinds of posts! Thank you! I am looking forward to more of your posts!

  46. donna wynott Says:

    Thank you.

  47. Pamela Lambert-Elias Says:

    I’m looking forward to the events for Artown! Lynette, you have such imagination! You’ve inspired all these artists. Fun!

  48. Wendy K Says:

    I can’t wait for all the events in July! Things are really coming together and I am excited that people are taking note. If everyone will just tell one more person about what we are doing…where the website is…and buy some art – we will be touching sooooo many lives.
    Thanks to Lynette for her tremendous dedication in seeing this vision come to reality…many years, tears and fears! Great job!

  49. Stephanie Says:

    I think the cards turned out wonderful! thanks to Dynagraphic printing here in Reno who printed them for us at their non profit rate.
    What a good deal on these cards. $12 for one set or 2 for $20. I need to buy some more for myself!!

  50. Dave Wrenn Says:

    I was wondering if it was possible to get someone into the classes at the Arbors without them being a resident? My mother has moderate dementia from mini-strokes and use to paint a lot. She hasn’t done any in at least twenty years but still has her easel and and tool box full of dried up paint and brushes. I would love to see her get back into creating art. We have 5 or 6 of her oils and one water color hanging in the house. Her favorite hangs over her bed, it is a sofa size oil of the Atmospherium Planetarium that she painted shortly after they built it.

  51. Karon Says:

    Hello Lynette,

    Please let me know what help you need for “Anything”!! Especially the upcoming events, you are a wonderful person just by being you! Thank you for helping those in our community with and without Alzheimer’s Disease!! As well, thank you for helping me with my dreams of completing college. You are a wonderful mentor to me and I appreciate all of your support!

  52. alzart Says:

    Eloise, so thrilled you were inspired! If you need help or additional suggestions please do not hesitate to contact me personally and I will walk you through the techniques. I was actually inspired by 3 little children I was trying to entertain on a rainy day back in 1985. They were actually 5 or 6 years old and I was desperate for an idea. I emptied my cosmetic drawer (after removing the good stuff of course) on to a tray, put it in the middle of the table and gave everyone paper. They didn’t stop “creating” for 3 hours!! An idea was born and everyone was happy. I wish you the best of luck Eloise and thank you for your lovely comments. Lynette Schweigert

  53. Eloise Rawlings Says:

    I just returned home (Omaha, Nebraska) from a trip to Reno and just had to send a note of thanks for your inspirational art display at the airport.

    My daughter has severe alcohol dementia and has the capacity of a six year old child. She spends hours coloring, trying to stay within the lines of her coloring book. I am her primary caregiver and am 83 years young. Even with my experience as a lifelong school teacher, her limitations are a challenge for me and I am always looking for ways to expand her abilities. After seeing your art display, I am anxious to integrate some of your techniques. I am grateful that I found your Alzheimer’s Moments of Memory. Even though my daughter does not have Alzheimer’s, I’m hopeful that we can benefit from trying your ideas. Thank you.

  54. Carol Chatmon Says:

    Thank you thank you thank you,,,,,for such a valuable and heartfelt service you are providing…..All the love shines through

  55. alzart Says:

    And a downright pleasure to have you as valuable volunteer!

  56. John Blomberg Says:

    Downright beautiful and inspiring. A pleasure to have participated.

  57. alzart Says:

    Thank you Kathy we really appreciate your comments!!! If you would like to send me your mother’s photo and a story, I’ll post it on our “brand new today” Memory Keepers page:o) Speak of her often and keep her memories alive!
    Sincerely, Lynette

  58. Kathy Lawson Says:

    Reno Tahoe Airport
    Reno, Nevada

    As I strolled past the Alzheimer’s Art Gallery, I was unashamed by my tears of happiness for those patients who were able to participate in this display and to share their talent with us and by my tears of sadness that my own mother could not have lived to enjoy this type of artistic expression.

    My mother died many, many years ago with multiple diseases but her mental condition was a diagnosis of organic brain syndrome (which would now be called Alzheimer’s Disease). At the time of her stay in a long term care facility what a disservice to patients that this type of art work was not available.

    I applaud this group of Alzheimer’s artists, along with the staff who assisted them in putting together this project.

    My appreciation is overwhelming. It was such an emotional experience. My thanks to everybody involved. Thank you, Reno Tahoe Airport.

    With gratitude, Kathy Lawson

  59. Lynette Says:

    Thank you for the nice comments! We look forward to seeing you at the auction on July 31st! I’ll have information available on the website. Keep checking back:)…oh, and there will be more art too!

  60. Linda Says:

    What an inspiration! While waiting for my aunt to arrive for Easter vacation, my husband and I spent about 30 minutes admiring each piece of art work and reading all the comments. There is certainly a wealth of talent. We will be there for the auction!

  61. Greg Says:

    I’m 19 and a “wannabe” artist. I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed the art work at the airport.

  62. Kathy Says:

    When I saw the display at the Reno airport, I was brought to tears. My mother is in a nursing home suffering from Alzheimer’s. If only the nursing home had this type of art, I know my mom would respond and enjoy.

  63. Alan E Says:

    Very nice site…and I appreciate the information. In California, we have an Adult Day Health Care Center that has a similar program…the art is framed and exhibited within the Center. This is a great way to show the talents of those suffering from the affects of Alzheimer’s. thank you so much!

  64. P Tanzy Maxfield Says:

    Was able to spend time with your exhibition at the Reno Airport while I waited for my daughter. My mother had alzheimers and I spent a great deal of time with her in her assisted living facility. I so appreciate the reminders your exhibit provided me of that time and experience. The project itself is wonderful, as is the artful result. Thank you to all who participate, directors, volunteers, resident artists, and donating framers.

  65. Gina Says:

    Congratulations on a WONDERFUL show. I am so impressed! It was fantastic to see the artist’s faces as they realized that it was their work on display.

  66. Beth Campbell Says:

    I would like to purchase several items:

    3, 5X7 prints Sun by Alex, Sun by Tommie, and Sun by Edith.

    I would also like 1 sets of cards: Sun by Alex.

    For a total of $30 plus postage. Please email me with instructions for payment.
    I live in Colorado.
    Thanks, Beth

  67. Diana Says:

    I am soooo impressed! Moments of Memory is a wonderful project. You are making a difference in the lives of the residents. I admire your talent, your dedication, your patience, and your ability to make things happen. You are an inspiration and a blessing to those you you give so freely to. Thanks for all you do!

  68. Lisa Says:

    Fabulous! I will bring my children to peruse the wonderful art on display. Is this program is available to dementia patients at other facilities?

    Great job Lynette. I admire your dedication and passion!

  69. Gina Says:

    Fantastic job putting together these events! Can’t wait to see the response. You have really done some incredible work in getting Moments of Memory up and rolling. I love that this program is available in our area!

    Thanks for all your hard work!

  70. Alan Says:

    Nicely done Lynette! I hope your group knows how fortunate they are to have you on the team. Thanks for sending the link.

    Good thoughts,

  71. Karon Says:

    Great job Lynette! You are doing such great things!! I wish I had even 1/2 of your talent … maybe it’ll rub off …

    See you soon!

  72. Pamela Says:

    THe disease does make its victims feel depressed and isolated and this program creates such positive results! Bravo Lynni!

  73. Awesome idea! My grandmother suffered from this for many years. In those days they just sat her in a wheel chair and ignored her. With no interaction she just kept getting worse.

  74. Gail Letcher Says:

    Wow, wow, wow… terrific job. You are giving me some keen competition here! Do you sell any of the work? Love the Lipstick Heart Prints – Group Project…

    See you soon. Gail

  75. alzart Says:

    Thanks for looking:) I appreciate your feedback. Save the Date..LOL I get it!

  76. Georgia Says:

    Beautiful, and well written….Looking forward to the Evening Gala in July…Save The Date!

  77. alzart Says:

    Merci beaucoup!

  78. Janine Says:

    Fabulous. Love what you have done with this page.

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