January 26, 2016

Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE– John A. Logan College is currently hosting an exhibition of artwork called “Stolen Memories” by local artist Lisa Hicks.  The paintings will be on display in the Conference Center galleries through February 25.  The show is free and open to the public.  Viewing hours are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Hicks, the art teacher at Cobden High School, created a series of paintings that depicts the stages of life and the devastating impact of Alzheimer’s disease.   

“My family has been deeply affected by Alzheimer’s disease,” Hicks said.  “One of my aunts was diagnosed with it a few years ago.  She and my mom always enjoyed playing dominoes, and she taught me how to play when I was a kid.  Although the disease has taken a major toll on her health, she’s still pretty good at dominoes so I decided to use them as the basis for the exhibit.”  

Hicks said the dominoes represent the body and the colors and symbolization represent the mind, knowledge, and experience. 

“The series shows a person’s progression through life, starting at birth and going into old age,” she said.  “I thought by starting at the beginning of life and showing how much the mind and body develop and grow with knowledge and experience through time, it would also show how much Alzheimer’s takes away.  There are 28 paintings in the show because there are 28 pieces in a single dominoes game.”

Hicks’s paintings are accompanied by written explanations on each stage of life that she wrote after doing research. 

“I felt like I needed to give an explanation of the series so people would have a better understanding of what it’s about,” Hicks said.  “I’m really trying to get the point across of how devastating Alzheimer’s is to victims and their families in hopes that bringing greater attention to the disease will lead to more research and finally one day to a cure.”

Hicks teamed up with Courtney Finigan, the manager of special events for the Alzheimer’s Association in southern Illinois, to help raise money for the cause.

“Lisa was a team captain in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s last fall and her group raised over $700,” Finigan said.  “Her art exhibit is very powerful and it’s a wonderful way to raise awareness about the disease.  She also designed t-shirts to go along with the exhibit, and she’s selling those to raise money for this year’s walk.  We are now recruiting teams for the 2016 walk, and we hope all those who see her artwork will decide to join us.”

The t-shirts Hicks designed are on sale for $17 at the Student Activities Office at JALC and at Phases Salon in Cobden.  For more information about the “Stolen Memories” exhibit, contact Hicks at 618-697-2029 or by email at rlhicks1@frontier.com.  To get involved in the 2016 Walk to End Alzheimer’s, contact Finigan at 618-985-1003 or by email at cfinigan@alz.org.           


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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Dr. Steve O’Keefe at 618-985-2828 ext. 8569 or email at steveokeefe@jalc.edu.