The Southington Public Library is proud to announce the September Artists of the Month, Bob Savage and Charles Michalak.
When Bob Savage was diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer’s disease, he refused to accept the news. He became angry and ultimately depressed. Through all of his emotional turmoil he found solace in the arts. Bob found that he could express his emotions through poetry and painting.
His paintings depict the disease in the darker, dreary use of color, and hope and acceptance are represented by brighter colors. Painting has become a wonderful outlet for him and the message it sends us is brilliant.
With acceptance of his diagnosis, Bob has also become an advocate for destigmatizing Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. He is highly active in groups that educate and enlighten people to the possibilities and good quality of life with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. He spreads his message with caring, realism, and humor. He is a mentor to all dealing with this disease in any capacity.
Charles Michalak was diagnosed with early dementia in 2011. Even having learned of his diagnosis he continued and still continues to live a full life. He enjoys spending time with family, painting, collecting sports memorabilia, baseball and football cards, and fine cigars.
It was in 2016 that Charles discovered his love of painting by taking a painting class and has not stopped ever since. His paintings vary in subject from animals and landscapes to people.
Charles and his wife enjoy their four children and seven grandchildren. “My wonderful, supportive family is very important to me. My family means the world to me. They are a blessing, the greatest achievement and loves of my life.”