Leesburg, Va. (May 29, 2015) – The current art exhibit organized by the Loudoun County Art Advisory Committee features the work of Sterling resident Ken Lacey, a 96-year-old artist who suffers from age-related dementia, and who only recently began painting through an instructional art program.
The exhibit consists of 26 works and will be on display in the lobby of the Loudoun County Government Center, 1 Harrison Street. S.E. in Leesburg, through July 8, 2015.
Lacey paints with instructor Catherine Fetterman of Leesburg through a program called Mneme Therapy, an instructional program designed to stimulate the brain’s neuroplasticity using art, song and movement. Neuroplasticity refers to the brain’s ability to adapt and use new ways to build or re-build cognitive function, an important therapy for those suffering from dementia.
“It is a magical experience to see someone who has never done artistic work of this nature create a painting that he feels so good about and that we both are proud of,” said Lacey’s wife, Joan Walker.
Members of the Art Advisory Committee are appointed by the Board of Supervisors. The committee is responsible for exhibiting the permanent art collection of Loudoun County, handling portraits in the Loudoun County Courthouse and arranging for the conservation and care of the collection. More information about the committee is online at www.loudoun.gov/advisory-art or by contacting Elizabeth Bracey, 540-338-7973, or Elizabeth.Bracey@loudoun.gov.