Magic of musical memories celebrated in Gathering Place open house showcase

The Gathering Place & Memory Matters will hold their Fourth Annual Creativity is Ageless Art Showcase and Open house Tuesday, June 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at St Paul. 730 County PPP, Sheboygan Falls. The theme this year is “Music is Art!“

The Creativity is Ageless event is an opportunity to showcase the abilities of people with memory loss by using art as our medium. We accomplish this with the help and assistance of our terrific volunteers and guest artists. We have worked on a wide range of projects this year alone; Projects range from iPad art, to pottery, watercolor, pastels, fused glass, and even ballroom dance.

So what inspired you to choose Music is Art! for your theme this year?

Well, there are many reasons why we chose this theme because not only is music something many of us find fun and relatable, but also music is known to boost brain activity, said Leah Zehel, Program Director of The Gathering Place & Memory Matters. Working with music, these last few months, we were able to notice how music evoked emotions, and brought back memories for our participants. Zehel continued to point out the shared joy in reminiscing, singing, and dancing that seemed to bring everyone together. iPad Art, this sounds interesting, what was your project?

This was a very enjoyable project for many, said Zehel. We brought in a fantastic guest Artist, Hannah Hocevar, a graduate of Edgewood College, who spent time with our Tuesday group for three weeks during the months of January and February. She led a project that involved our participants listening and watching a YouTube video of one of their favorite music groups. Folks of TGP selected everything from Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash to the Pennsylvania Polka. Afterwards, with the encouragement of a volunteer, our participants were asked to choose colors and feelings, the song brought to mind and paint on canvas. During this time something wonderful happened in the room…reminiscing… lots of stories about various memories the songs brought back. The art turned out amazing, and I can’t wait for you to see it! Two of the pieces are currently on display at the Mead Public Library through next week Friday, shared Zehel.

Live music, hors d’oeuvres, refreshments, program tours, and a silent auction (featuring one of a kind art pieces for your home or office handcrafted by local artists and program participants). Invite your family, friends, and coworkers to stop by and support these valuable programs in our community. Admission is free.

The Gathering Place and Memory Matters are vibrant, nonprofit, day programs whose purpose is to engage adults with memory loss in a social and educational environment, while providing respite to caregivers. We proudly serve all of Sheboygan County.

For more information, call The Gathering Place at 920-627- 6847, or visit us online at

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