In 1994, Mr. Zakin was awarded the SUNY Oswego’s President’s Award for Creative Research. He retired in 2008 after authoring and co-authoring more than half a dozen books on pottery, and leading workshops in many different areas.
Mr. Zakin was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2015 and in 2017, he and wife moved into Judson Park’s assisted living neighborhood, Ambler Court.
If you were to go looking for Mr. Zakin in Ambler Court though, you probably wouldn’t find him! He spends most of his time in the Expressive Arts Center creating ceramics, graphic drawings and paintings.
Mr. Zakin feels it is important that people understand that he has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, “You know that you are still you, and you hope to keep it that way for a long time. I have found that if I continue to work on artistic projects, my life is more meaningful.”
On January 19, Mr. Zakin’s creations will go on display in the Dr. George A. Streeter Gallery at Judson Park; the exhibition will include his paintings from as far back as 1955, as well as ceramics and computer-assisted drawings produced more recently. “The thing I like most is working, rather than talking about it” he says, “I like finding out what people want out of my art, and seeing them try to understand my ideas”.
Cathy Bryan, Judson’s Art Therapy Coordinator has gotten to know Mr. Zakin given the numerous hours each week he spends in the Expressive Arts Center. Cathy has helped Mr. Zakin organize his exhibit and challenged him to try new things.
The Art and the Craft: A Retrospective will be on display until May 10 at Judson Park in Cleveland Heights; Mr. Zakin will share gallery space with pottery artist, Judith Salomon. “I’m very happy to work with her – I do like her work. Artists should be working together,” Zakin says.
The gallery is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and admission is free, a reception will be held at 4:30 p.m. on January 19 with the artists.