The beautiful artwork that graces the cover of our anthology is Three Shapes in Space. Ca 1984 by Harry Widman. Mixed media collage. 18 x 24 inches. Collection of Matthew Widman.

coverartworkThis piece is particularly meaningful as The MemoryCare Plays’ cover for several reasons. First of all, it was created by an artist who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease later in his career. Secondly, the artist’s son contributed one of the three plays contained in this collection. Finally, the symbolism of the three shapes contained in one beautiful piece of art perfectly encapsulates the three extraordinary one-acts that comprise The MemoryCare Plays.

Harry Widman (1929 – 2014) was a noted Oregon artist and professor emeritus from the Pacific Northwest College of Art (formerly the Portland Museum Art School). Widman’s artistic career spanned seventy years and includes works in oil on canvas, mixed media collage, watercolor, ink, charcoal, and wood sculpture. Primarily a painter in the New York abstract expressionist and modernist traditions, Widman’s work utilizes color and form to create a visual language that draws from figurative imagery, the natural world, from poetry and from myth. Harry Widman was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2008.

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