Art captures a past life

Nina Kincaid, a resident at Shirkey Nursing and Rehabilitation’s Alzheimer’s unit, gives a caress to her painting, “Midnight Sun,” when she first saw it displayed at the Alzheimer’s Heart of America annual art auction May 3 in Kansas City. Kincaid’s painting was selected to be sold in the live auction of the event, which raised $175,000. This was the third year for one of Kincaid’s paintings to be selected for the annual fundraiser. (Photo by JoEllen Black/Richmond News)

Area resident’s painting selected once again to showcase art of area Alzheimer’s patients

 By JoEllen Black/Richmond News

A love and life surrounded by horses have left a deep indelible mark on Nina Kincaid that even Alzheimer’s hasn’t taken away.

“Dealt with them all of my life,” she said.

In her youth, Kincaid was a stunt rider and competitor on the rodeo circuit throughout the country.

“She team roped, bulldogged, barrel raced and did the Pony Express run,” Barbie Due said of Kincaid, who even performed the daredevil “death drag” stunt by keeping one leg over the horse and letting her other leg and body hang upside down.

“I prayed none of their shoes were loose,” Kincaid said with a laugh.

Every Tuesday Kincaid, a resident of Shirkey Nursing and Rehabilitation’s Alzheimer’s unit, paints during her activity time, and it’s no surprise that her subject matter is of horses. Kincaid speaks of her affinity for quarter horses, yet Due, her activities aide, said she also paints a lot of appaloosas.

“I just love them,” she said.

Her horse painting, “Midnight Sun,” was chosen as one of 13 paintings to be auctioned live at Heart of America’s Memories in the Making annual art auction May 3. In total, 50 paintings by greater Kansas City-area people with Alzheimer’s took part in the silent and live auctions. This year’s event raised $175,000, a record, according to Heart of America Director Debra Brook.

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