Welcome to Our Memories archive page. Please enjoy the photos from our past classes and events. Thank you to everyone who participated and volunteered to create such rewarding memories!


The Holidays 2018


We’re calling them Holiday Art Parties!

Getting everyone in the holiday mood we started with Ribbon Wreaths!


Each wreath is unique and beautiful! Everyone participating was completely focused on the task at hand and was thrilled by the instant gratification bringing on many smiles and feelings of accomplishment.


We want to sincerely THANK the Reno Senior Advisory Committee for their generous sponsorship of our program in the fall of ’17.  Our thankfulness is reflected in the beauty of the art created from the Hearts of our Alzheimer’s Artists!!


We want to also THANK Earl Shelton and the generous team of associates of Sephora Town Square in Las Vegas for their huge donation of glorious cosmetics for use by our artists. The bright and shimmering colors have inspired the original and unique images our artists put to paper!


We also want to heARTfully THANK Ms. Sandye Abele for creating a fundraising event in honor of Moments of Memory in Las Vegas! 


 We want to Thank Mike Micone of Micone Staffing here in Reno for his generous donations during Artown in 2017!!!

“This donation is made on behalf of a few people who are very special to me.  Sue H. is a resident of Stone Valley and Robin R. is her daughter, I wanted to donate because she is the most loving daughter to her Mom and Dad and she is still very special to me. My Grandpa Micone is gone now, but lived with Alzheimer’s the last years of his life and when he didn’t recognize me my heart was ripped apart. I cried and then realized he still loved me and all the memories we spent together were such a gift! To all the people who take care of their parents I am giving this donation to help you too and find the love in your hearts.”  Michael Micone


We want to thank Ms. Kathleen Turner for her very generous donation in memory of her precious brother

Buck Turner


Buck working on another masterpiece!


Buck was always a welcomed participant in our social group of artisans.  He loved to paint and laugh and always, always greeted me with a big smile! You are missed my dear friend. We’ll look for your paintings in the clouds.


Dee found a copy of her favorite pumpkin pie recipe for her memory book!

Billie found her sterling silver pattern for her memory book!

Gayla’s first day in class inspired her artistic side! She was thrilled with the results and so were we!


Watercolor on canvas by Mary Ann K.

We started our Spring Fling with watercolor on canvas. Our artists usually have a heavy hand when it comes to painting. I asked Mary Ann if she liked her piece and she said “no”!  So I took it and ran it under running water, removing most of the paint. What was left was this beautiful stained effect of a vase of florals left on the canvas, she loved it and so did everyone else! Here are some other examples:


Framed vase by Sally

Jeanette’s Ranunculus

Greg’s Butterfly in the Meadow on canvas




Our next spring project, inspired by printed paper napkins, was spring flowering bulbs.  All the artists were fond of the tulips, and who wouldn’t be! Below is the finished work and other examples of our bloomin’ day!



Naida’s Pink Buds

Marilyn’s Color Burst





This was an interesting approach! I asked the artists to paint the water in a vase, but not the vase! I gave them only a bowl of water and a little blue paint. We were all thrilled with the results. Then I showed them how the water distorts the stems of flowers and asked them to add spring flowers to their vases. Below are more examples of our Spring Flinging:


3 Tulips by Linda


Spring colors by Marilyn


Shirley’s Glass Vase


Monet’s Water Lilies by Louise


I’m very excited to present this project. Each artist selected a color photograph taken at Monet’s garden in Giverny, France. I asked them to paint just the colors and not the images. I did not show them any of Monet’s impressionistic paintings, but as you can see, Louise nailed it! So exciting!!!




Winter – 2016

Alzheimer's Art Holiday Trees-2016

Our Alzheimer’s Artists have welcomed in the Holidays with their original hand painted trees! They first used feathers and then their fingers to create the trees.  Some may have added texture with a toothbrush and ornaments with a pencil eraser. Common utensils can create extraordinary results!

Feathers & Fingers Floral by Linda

Feathers & fingers ~ Floral Fireworks by Linda!

These last 2 months have been a world-wind of creative activity in all our art classes!!! We have to get ready for the holidays in early November so we began by creating art with feathers and fingers. We started with florals to introduce the technique~

Feathers & Fingers Blue Floral by Louise

Feathers & Fingers Blue Floral by Louise!

Then we created holiday trees! It took only minutes to see the trees come to life, instant satisfaction for our artists!

                             Feathers & Fingers holiday trees!

Then we moved on to gift wrap! Using the plain white back of donated gift wrap our artists stamped patterns to their hearts delight. I cut the stamps from everyday sink sponges which adds texture and dimension.

Pretty Poinsettias by Barbara

Happy Holly by Jess

                       Happy Holly by Jess

Happy Holiday Trees by Marilyn

Happy Holiday Trees by Marilyn

Happy Holidays by Skeeter

Happy Holidays by Skeeter

On this day we had the pleasure of Skeeter’s son joining us for art class! A great time was had by all. We encourage family members to join us and assist their loved one with whatever art project we are doing.  Participating together in a new endeavor, sharing new knowledge and creating new memories brings loved ones closer! Please come and enjoy the creative process with us, we all will enjoy your company!

Our next holiday project was creating strings of painted vellum paper holiday lights on green yarn which we hung in the windows! Due to a very generous donation of multi-colored nail polishes our artists ended the year creating fun and colorful greeting cards!


Mixed Bouquet by Sue and her caregiver

Mixed Bouquet by Sue and her caregiver

Pink Vase by Helen

Pink Vase by Helen

Pussy Willows by Evelyn

Pussy Willows by Evelyn

Buds & Bugs by Trini

Buds & Bugs by Trini

Selma's Fairy!

Selma’s Fairy World! Nail polish, blush and eye shadow.

Glittery Christmas Tree by Louise

Glittery Christmas Tree by Louise! Nail polish

We hope you enjoyed making memories during the holidays with your family and friends!


Handbags for the Homeless

I’ll try and make this short...a dear friend & supporter of Moments of Memory, Donna Rooney, mentioned she was going to drop off a dozen handbags at Goodwill. I asked if I could have them to fulfill a wish I had last year…to fill them with essential feminine goodies and give them to homeless women during the holidays. Donna dropped them off …they were gorgeous, brand name leather handbags that look brand new! I went to the dollar store and filled 12 bags with essential goodies. It cost approx. $5 to fill each handbag.

HANDBAGS for the HOMELESS, care of Moments of Memory. I do hope this leaves each woman with a small moment to remember.

Spring Project 2016:

 To brighten our artist’s rooms they created Floral Garlands! They painted fresh, bright summer colors with acrylics in solids and visual textures as the first step in their garland project. Whimsical florals are drawn on the back of the painted paper and cut out. Circles are cut or torn and layered to create the centers for their fantasy florals. Leaves also adorn some of the florals for added dimension. They attached the florals to green yarn to create a 6′ long garland to adorn their windows or walls! 

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A heartfelt Thank You to Ann Cancilla & Diana Roberts for their donations made in Memory of Edith Frisbee.
Our hearts are with the family of Edith Frisbee…a Moments of Memory artist since 2009…her endearing charm will be greatly missed, but we will speak of her often and keep her memory alive in our hearts.

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Floral Lollipops, by Edith, paper collage & water color


Artown events July 2014
Thanks to past Interns Shelby Sanders and Sean Fogarty and our devoted volunteers Janine Winkelmaier and Nancy Shervold who completed the installation of our annual Gallery of Art for 2013/2014!!  We also need to give thanks, again, for the beautiful & professional custom framing courtesy of Steve Buszka owner of FastFrame on Moana Lane. Please show your appreciation by having them frame your personal treasures! I know they will give you the same high quality custom framing and friendly customer service they have given us since 2008!
Past UNR interns Shelby Sanders & Sean Fogarty and volunteers Janine Winkelmaier & Nancy Shervold hung the Gallery of Art for your enjoyment! Past UNR interns Shelby Sanders & Sean Fogarty and volunteers Janine Winkelmaier & Nancy Shervold hung the Gallery of Art for your enjoyment!

July 10/ Our Event was GREAT fun for all! Alzheimer’s Art Caregiver Workshop!
Moments of Memory offered a free workshop for professional and home caregivers on the art of Alzheimer’s Art! Demonstrations and hands-on training covered several of our custom designed techniques to ensure a safe and supportive experience and fail-safe results. NO art experience was necessary! All supplies were provided. We enjoyed an afternoon of creative learning and refreshments courtesy of Arbors Memory Care Community.
Here are a few examples of the fine art created by participants!

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Above is the envelope Hanna Murphy created with her worksheet to mail her beautiful greeting card! Below is the inspiring work of JoAnn Colburn, the Lodge Activity Coordinator at Cascade of the Sierra!

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Above Erica Moran and Kathy Olsen focused on their card art techniques. Below, Kathy Olsen, a long time supporter and OD enjoying the workshop.

July 24/ Works of Heart at Atria Summit Ridge was a great success! Moments of Memory and Atria Summit Ridge presented Works of Heart by Atria Artists. Works of Heart creations showcased the highlights of Reno and the surrounding area. Everyone enjoyed the gallery of all our newest visual art creations created by our Elder Artists.

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Edith (forefront) and Olga getting creative for Artown!


Artown events July 2013

July 1-31 ~Art from the Hearts of Alzheimer’s Artist’s Art Gallery

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 Lollipop Garden by Edith F.

Miss Plum & Miss Lemon Go Shopping by Mary B.


July 13, Saturday~Memories in the Garden ART! 

Thank you to all the future Picassos that attended our event! And thank you to Arbors Memory Care Community for providing the refreshments and the fabulous musical entertainment by Jeff Wayne!!!!


July 25, Thursday~5-6:30 at Atria Summit Ridge, 4880 Summit Ridge Dr., Reno. Thank you to our host Atria Summit Ridge!!!

Nori Domestic art


All of our events during the month of July were part of the 18th annual Artown festival, July, 2013. The month long summer arts festival features more then 400 events produced by more then 100 cultural organizations and businesses in locations citywide. Artown receives major funding from the City of Reno, and is sponsored by Grand Sierra Resort, U.S. Bank, NV Energy, JLH Inc.,Waste Management, Basin Street Properties, Reno Gazette-Journal, KOLO 8 News Now, KTHX-FM and KNPB with additional support from the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Our Interns and Artists in 2013:

Erica, our UNR intern, shows off Buck's Cosmetic Art Landscape! Erica shows off Buck’s Cosmetic Art Landscape!
Edith keeps Raina on her toes! Edith keeps Raina on her toes!
Sean, helping Ausma select her cosmetic colors to complete her landscape. Sean, helping Ausma select her cosmetic colors to complete her landscape.

The 2013 Walk to End Alzheimer’s
Thank you for stopping by our booth at the Sparks Marina for the 2013 Walk to End Alzheimer’s!  It was a beautiful day to make new friends, visit with old friends and make new memories! Thank you to everyone who stopped by to paint and support our program!
This year's Moments of Memory volunteers were Allie Bailey & Erica Moran, both sorority sisters in Sigma Kappa, and Sean Fogarty and friend Reymon Ulan. This year’s Moments of Memory volunteers were Allie Bailey & Erica Moran, both sorority sisters in Sigma Kappa, and Sean Fogarty and friend Reymon Ulan.
Reymon, Sean and Gabby Buma showing their love at our display table! Reymon, Sean and Gabby Buma showing their love at our display table!
Little artists lending little hands at our painting table! Little artists lending little hands at our painting table!
“You can’t frown when you’re painting!
Young artists helping to make a difference! Young artists helping to make a difference!
“I need a bigger piece of paper!”

Our Art Tree brightened up the day! Our Art Tree brightened up the day!

  Both Erica Moran and Allie Bailey, volunteers, are members of Sigma Kappa Sorority on the UNR campus. The sorority has selected Alzheimer’s Disease research as their primary philanthropy. Erica, Sean and Gabby are students of the Gerontology Academic Program at UNR. Gabby has been a devoted volunteer and Sean and Erica have chosen Moments of Memory for their internship this semester. We are so fortunate to have them join us on a weekly basis. Our artist’s sincerely appreciate their youthful enthusiasm.


Thank YOU to all the participants, vendors, volunteers & especially


The 2013 Annual Classic Car Alzheimer’s Benefit was a fantastic success!


Big Winners John & Judy Seifert!

Our Big Winners John & Judy Seifert!!!

Rhonda O’Toole of Summit Racing Equipment presents the winning trophy with the assistance of Mackenzie Hunter a volunteer for Moments of Memory.

The Winning entry by John & Judy Seifert, a 1954 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery!
Summit Racing Equipment: 960 E. Glendale, Sparks, NV


Thank you to those who donated in

support of our mission!

2013 Nevada Big Give!


Whole Foods

Thank you so very much for your generous donation of funds raised during your recent Nickles for Non-Profits campaign. Your generosity will allow us to offer an additional 11 weeks of classes to our artists with Alzheimer’s. We sincerely appreciate your consideration of our mission for your campaign.


The 2013 ART AUCTION is over…but the memories are forever!

We want to thank everyone who attended our Art Auction and Artist Celebration of Art from the Hearts of Alzheimer’s Artists for 2013!
Congratulations to all the winners of  a great raffle or door prize and those who are now proud owners of an original piece of our artist’s art!!
A special and sincere thank you to our host, Atria Summit Ridge, for the lovely venue, array of  delightful appetizers, live music and gracious staff.
And our deepest appreciation to Arbors Memory Care Community and the Stutchman family for their continued support, the fabulous wines, creative gift baskets for the raffle and many hours of  hard work!
Thank you and many hugs to our volunteers who continue to return year after year and lend their hands and hearts to our mission! Welcome to our new volunteer, Marilee Wintz of  Sage Interiors!
 Atria surprised us with a great dessert presentation!! Thank you Kerrie, Ernie & Laura! The cute mini cones were filled with a palette of chocolate, nuts and sprinkles, then filled with the ice cream of your choice. Fabulous!

Art auction ice cream palette


The gallery of silent auction items was hard to resist!

Art Auction gallery 1


We previewed select pieces of New art for Artown in July!

Auction preview of Artown


Bravo to all the generous companies and individuals in our community that donated raffle and door prizes to our art auction event in support of our mission:

  • Consumer Direct Personal Care, LLC
  • Sierra Health Mart Pharmacy
  • Right at Home – In Home Care & Assistance
  • Lou & Lori Olthoff
  • Somersett Private Golf  & Country Club
  • Zinser Photography
  • Barbara Fraide
  • Arbors Memory Care Community
  • Napa Sonoma Grocery Company
  • More To Life Adult Day Health Center
  • 775 Gastropub
  • Western Village Inn & Casino
  • Orion Technologies
  • Gentiva Home Healthcare
  • Barbara Westcott

Auction raffle 2Donna and Mike

Donna Rooney, Board Member, was happy to sell you a raffle ticket!

Moments of Memory was honored last year with a  grant from AWCMS, the Alliance with the Washoe County Medical Society!

 On March 4th in 2011, Lynette Schweigert and Board member Donna Rooney accepted a generous grant from AWCMS to fund a new program “Art for all Seasons”, a community wide program to teach our art processes to home caregivers and residential care home directors caring for those with memory impairment. Classes will be offered at no cost in 6 different locations throughout Reno and Sparks beginning in late spring.
 The AWCMS is an all volunteer, non-profit, membership organization dedicated to improving the health of the community. Founded in 1947, AWCMS supports nursing scholarships as well as medically oriented community, university and community college programs, education and the arts.

Donna Rooney accepts the grant award from AWCMS presenter Ingrid Drummer.
 August, 2010 – Nevada Territory Wild West Fair:

The Results & Ribbons are in!

Six of our artist’s works were entered in the Nevada Territory Wild West Fair in 2010. I’m happy to report that all 6 artists placed and were awarded ribbons!!

CATAGORY: Mixed Media

1st Place:  Grape Cluster by Tommie

2nd Place: Blue Sunflower by Lillian

3rd Place: Yellow Sunflower by Jean

CATAGORY: Acrylic Painting

1st Place: Lovely Lavender by Tommie

2nd Place: Butterfly Dreamin’ by Tommie

CATAGORY: Pen, Ink or Pencil

1st Place: I’ve Got Your Back by Babs

February 16, ’10: Opening Reception of the Moments of Memory art exhibit at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport! The exhibit was open to the public 24/7 thru April 18. The Connector Collections Gallery is located on the second level between the “B” and “C” concourses. Check it out to view their latest exciting installation!
“Reno-Tahoe International Airport and the Connector Collections Gallery was pleased to be the first public venue for the Moments of Memory: Art from the Hearts of Alzheimer’s Artists exhibit.  Not only did the artwork color our gallery walls, but the exhibit created a heart warming story of life with Alzheimer’s that touched many of our passengers, employees and airport guests.  The airport is honored to have been a part of this high-quality, huge-impact exhibit.  As Vincent van Gogh once said, “I tell you, the more I think, the more I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.”  – Kim Matthews, Reno-Tahoe International Airport


Marily Mora, Executive Vice President/COO of the Reno-Tahoe Airport welcomes the visitors at the reception.

Wendy Knorr, MoM Board Treasurer with staff and residents, Edna, Coralyn and Betty from Atria Summit Ridge enjoying the evening.

Diana Roberts, Director of The Arbors Memory Care and Sandi TenBoer of Home Instead and our outstanding vocalist for the evening’s festivities.

Gina Stutchman, owner of The Arbors Memory Care and MOM Board President discussing the art with Arbors Artist Tommie.

Dianne Smith, Pam Lambert, Maddie, Gail Rosenow of the Alzheimer’s Association and JoAnn Richter visiting at the MOM display table.

George and Janine Winkelmaier visiting with respite caregiver Chuck Nahorniak.

Rose, with her art, posing for the paparazzi!

Maddie, coming in for a landing closes the show!

Thank you to everyone who attended for sharing their evening with us! And a huge Thank You to the Reno-Tahoe International Airport for this outstanding opportunity and a special “thanks” to Kim Matthews for all her hard work and dedication!

December 6th, ’09: “A Cup of Christmas Tea” was hosted by The Atria Summit Ridge. Thank you to those who braved the snow storm, helped us ring in the holidays and supported our guest vendors!
October 10th, ’09: Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk! Moments of Memory participated in the annual fundraising event with the help of volunteers and local Rainbow Girls!








September 12th, ’09: Summit Racing Equipment Classic Car Fundraiser! An annual event hosted by Summit Racing Equipment to raise funds for Memory Walk and Moments of Memory programs. Thank you to George Winkelmaier, his family, and his crew for putting on such an organized and exciting annual event! Congratulations to all the event winners!







 August, ’09: Nevada State Fair! Six of our artist’s works were entered in the fair’s Fine Art exhibit. Everyone went home with a ribbon and a Champion ribbon was won by Alex for her outstanding Sunface, an acrylic paper collage!







 July 1-31, ’09: Artown!!!  This was our premiere year as participants in Reno’s annual Artown event. Thank you to all those who visited the Moments of Memory Gallery showing at The Arbors Memory Care in Sparks during the month of July. The month long event culminated with an Art Auction Gala on July 31th at The Arbors. All proceeds benefited the Moments of Memory program. Guests were treated to wine, appetizers and fabulous live music by Sandi TenBoer. Funds for the program were raised during the raffle and silent auction of Alzheimer’s Artist’s original framed art!!!

Volunteer, Karon McDonald at the Raffle Table.

Karon McDonald volunteers at the Raffle Table.

Stephanie Hanna, Board Member, introduces her son Collin to his first art auction!

Stephanie Hanna, Board Member, introduces her son Collin to his first art auction.

 Donna Rooney and her mother Edith, a Moments of Memory artist, enjoy the evenings festivities on The Arbors patio!

Donna Rooney and her mother Edith, a Moments of Memory artist, enjoy the evenings festivities.

Sandi TenBoer, of Home Instead, entertains the crowd with her spectacular vocals!

Sandi TenBoer entertains the crowd with her spectacular vocals, courtesy of Home Instead.


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