The “Color Me Happy” art show, featuring original paintings from industry veteran Roy W. Wunsch, is set for Sunday, December 6th, 5-8pm at Studio Be, located at 4908 B Charlotte Ave. in Nashville. This event is open to the public and valet parking will be provided.
Prior to being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Roy had a long and successful career in the music industry having served as both Chairman and CEO of Imprint Records and the President of Sony Music Nashville. Roy is married to Mary Ann McCready, President, Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy.
The event is created and hosted by Cindy Wunsch Bowen, Roy’s daughter and a full-time artist. Her mission for the event is to give back to a meaningful organization, which is helping the lives of people with Alzheimer’s and their families. All proceeds go to Abe’s Garden, an Alzheimer’s and memory care center that offers residential and day care programs for those impacted by Alzheimer’s disease.
MusicRow: How did the idea materialize for you to incorporate art into your relationship with Roy?
Cindy: Art is what I do and something my dad has always appreciated. It was my attempt to make a connection with him in this phase of life. After I worked with him for a few weeks and saw the spark in his eye, it was a no-brainer. I identified a space for him in my studio and we shook on it. We would be creative partners. He has more painting supplies on his desk than I do. It is an amazing and humbling experience to get to know a parent this way. When he knew he was going down this challenging path, he asked that we concentrate our efforts with him moving forward on works of service. He wanted us to use him in this way (whether he would be aware or not).
MusicRow: What impact have you seen through this connection through art?
Cindy: Simply put, it is a healer in every way. It gives him something to be proud of. It gives him a sense of purpose. It gives him a language without words. I have witnessed him have unexplainable clarity while he is in the creative process. He has completed almost 75 paintings and they are extraordinary.
MusicRow: How did this lead to doing an art show?
Cindy: I decided in his desire to do “good works and acts of service,” that we should honor that. Honor it in a way that celebrates his courage and his kindness as he walks down this road. He knows and understands that this is happening and he has worked with lots of focus and enthusiasm to do art “for the show.” I do my best to reinforce him and tell him this is his second career and he chose it and we are in business together.
Perhaps my dad’s story will shed light on and provide insight to other families struggling with Alzheimer’s and other memory challenges.
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