Critical Acclaim

“The art exhibition provided a venue where people felt open to tell us about their personal connection with the disease. I cannot begin to thank you for the great work you have done in making the event a great success.”
-Ana Nelson, Regional Director of the Alzheimer's Association, CT Chapter.

“Axleroad is a familiar name on the arts scene, but he’s had even higher profile as of late…recognized by five area art associations with top honors at recent shows.”
-Thomas Mellana, The Stamford Advocate and Greenwich Time, Oct. 23, 2005

“His woodcut, The Minotaur Escaping the Labyrinth, has received many first prize and best in show awards in the past few months from organizations including the Carriage Barn, Rowayton Art Center, Flinn Gallery, the New Rochelle Art Association and the Kent Art Association.”
-New Canaan News Review and New Canaan Advertiser, Sept. 4, 2008

“Like a phoenix in mythology, the Stamford artist’s exhibit has risen out of the ashes. Many of his pieces were saved last week from a fire in a gallery at the Southport train station.”
-Meghan Muldowney, The Stamford Advocate, Jan. 9, 2008

“The day I visited your studio remains a memorable occasion. Present world circumstances amplify the dangers which have grown out of the terrible twentieth century. We share a world of foreboding that make your [images] jump off the page, Fear of Fate…Now. You are one of the people who matter. You…are a valuable combatant for human cause.”
-Letter from Bill Ahrendt of Pine, AZ, Feb. 24, 2008

“Award winning Stamford artist and printmaker Don Axleroad draws inspiration from ancient Greek mythology to provoke current issues ranging from war and vengeance to the disease of Alzheimer’s. He has received dozens of awards…and top prizes.
-Art Spotlight, StamfordPlus magazine, winter 2007

“In his woodcuts, [Axleroad] illustrates the struggles of epic figures, dealing with the tragedy and the capriciousness of “fates” or gods. His personal encounter with Alzheimer’s disease affecting loved ones has inspired him to call attention to their plight. He hopes to foster creativity in those with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.”
-New Canaan Advertiser, Jan. 24, 2008

“Stamford artist incorporated his lifelong fascination with Greek mythology into recent artworks in an effort to draw public attention to such subjects as Alzheimer’s.”
-Phyllis A.S. Boros, Connecticut Post, Dec. 30, 2007

“Axleroad has reached out to help dozens of others move forward in their lives.”
-Art Spotlight, StamfordPlus magazine, winter 2007

“Mr. Axleroad’s newest paintings were inspired by his personal encounters with Alzheimer’s through a family member and a loved one afflicted with the disease. He sees a parallel between the tragic figures in Greek mythology and modern day victims of Alzheimer’s and dementia. Both are affected by fate: the challenge of forces beyond human control.”

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