An Evolving Life. Access.


After dropping off my grandson at the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton this past Wednesday for an art workshop, I spent some time soaking in the dynamic paintings on view by Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011)—a pioneer in abstract expressionism.

While there I was equally impressed by a program in progress. A large group of Alzheimer and Dementia patients were circulating through the museum listening to gallery discussions and even doing some hands-on painting.

What a thrill to see art being utilized as therapy in real time! I can’t think of a more vibrant and exciting way to stimulate the brain!!!

This program—called Access Parrish— is offered free once a month and facilitated by the Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center. Below is docent Wendy Kammer talking about Frankenthaler’s Low Tide, my favorite, and Blue Atmosphere II, both painted in 1963.

Please click on the images below to enlarge.

Access 2

This second image provides a glimpse of the powerful allure and inspiration of art across generations.


An Evolving Life Series

2019 Posts

Get Away

A Sense of Entitlement

Love Matters

Holding On


Think Spring

Becoming Fierce



Elva’s Patio with Frog

Looking for the Light


Sea Change

Laid Back



Access (This one)

2018 Posts
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