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Villa Charities presents “MAMMA, In the Meantime” photographic exhibition of artist and his mother as they reflect on life with dementia

Columbus Centre’s Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery to showcase photographic tale of an extraordinary relationship between the artist and his muse.

 

TORONTO – JANUARY 23, 2018 – Villa Charities will present Canadian-Italian artist Tony Luciani’s exhibition “MAMMA, In the Meantime,” with support from the Alzheimer Society, from February 15 – April 2, 2018. The exhibition tells the story of Tony and his mother Elia as they embark on a journey of discovery where art becomes the perfect medium to express the grief and wonders of living with dementia. It will be held at Toronto’s Columbus Centre in the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, which is free and open to the public Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“This is an outstanding artistic event showcasing a photographer’s creative approach to a subject that is at once very personal, yet also universal,” said Emanuele Lepri , Executive Director of Cultural Programming, Villa Charities. “The artwork that Tony Luciani has produced in collaboration with his mother Elia Celli Luciani is highly relevant to our community of seniors.”

Luciani ’s work artfully tackles a difficult and timely subject with warmth and empathy, demonstrating how an artist and his muse can symbiotically succeed in delivering a message of hope. Elia’s strong features, wearing the signs of years past with pride, lead viewers into unknown territories, made of simple discoveries, renewed pleasures and everyday struggles.

Art can have great benefits for people living with dementia. Tony’s work demonstrates that life does not end at diagnosis. This series will create awareness of dementia , help end the stigma associated with being diagnosed and show the benefits of receiving help.

“Tony Luciani and Elia have generously donated their poignant and personal photo series to the Alzheimer Society,” said Stephen Musehl, Executive Director, Alzheimer Society of Grey-Bruce. “It is our sincere hope that their tremendous work can help create greater awareness and reduce the stigma associated with Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias.”

This significant multimedia installation, co-curated by Flavio Belli, brings to life Villa Charities’ mission of promoting and celebrating the outstanding artistic experiences that reflect Italian culture, and providing care for seniors in the community .

Villa Charities would like to thank the Istituto di Cultura Italiano in Toronto for partnering on programming activities connected to the exhibition. More details will follow about the associated events.

For more information on the “MAMMA, In the Meantime” exhibition, visit www.villacharities.com.

TONY LUCIANI BIOGRAPHY

Tony Luciani is a realist painter who has been photographing his mother, now 94-years-old, since she moved in with him in 2014. Tony was born in Toronto in 1956 and attended the Ontario College of Art from 1975 to 1978. He received his degree along with post-graduate study in the off-campus program in Florence, Italy. An award-winner, with the George A. Reid Scholarship (OCA), Elizabeth Greenshields Foundations Grant (3) and numerous Canada Council Arts Grants, Tony began to paint full time upon graduation and has exhibited constantly since 1978. His work is represented in important private and corporate collections throughout Canada and the world.

ABOUT VILLA CHARITIES

Villa Charities Inc. is a registered charity and non-profit organization that celebrates and promotes the Italian Heritage, Culture, Language, Arts, Food and Family Values. For almost 50 years across the GTA, Villa Charities has provided care for seniors and offered educational and cultural programs in music, dance, visual arts, culinary arts, athletics and more. The Villa Charities family includes Villa Colombo Homes for the Aged Inc. in Toronto; Villa Colombo Vaughan/Di Poce Centre; Caboto Terrace, Casa Del Zotto and Casa Abruzzo apartments for independent seniors; the Columbus Centre; and Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery. For more information, visit www.villacharities.com.

ABOUT THE ALZHEIMER SOCIETY

The Alzheimer Society is a non-profit, registered charity that operates on a local, provincial and national level. The organization provides support and services for people with dementia and their care partners, creating awareness and reducing the stigma of dementia. The Alzheimer Society advocates, supports and conducts research into the disease. Ultimately, the Alzheimer Society’s goal is to alleviate the personal and social consequences of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and promote research. For more information, please visit www.alzheimer.ca/on

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For more information, please contact:

Jessica Patriquin
MAVERICK
416-640-5525 Ext. 230
jessicap@wearemaverick.com

Kathleen Sloan Director,
Marketing and Communications
Villa Charities
416-789-7011 Ext. 309
ksloan@villacharities.com

Stephen Musehl
Executive Director,
The Alzheimer Society of Grey – Bruce
519-376-7230
smusehl@alzheimergreybruce.com

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