Courage and Healing Through Art

Color palette with brushAnnual Art Consignment Show Huge Success

Hasan Davis said it best when he said “Art is not a part of life, it is not an addition to life, it is the essence of those pieces of us that make us fulfilled. That gives us hope.” Courage, hope and healing all played a huge role in the annual Juried Art Show held at UC Health’s Women’s Center in West Chester.

Courage and healing was the theme for the annual show. During the Call to Artists, a variety of mediums were accepted for consideration including photography, digital pigment prints, photo collage, painting, watercolor, fabric art, sculpture, glass blowing, mosaic, woodworking and metal and cooper work. Artwork represented cancer survivorship, strength, resilience, fearlessness, bravery, and conquering the climb to recovery. Art was evaluated on craft, theme, diversity and emotion.

More than 140 submissions were considered during the juried selection process with 44 artists winning the coveted year-long consignment. Currently, there are 70 different works of art hanging on the walls of the Women’s Center, each delivering a different message but all with the same goal – courage and healing. “Art has a natural healing force. A medical facility is an environment where this healing benefit can influence the wellness of patients,” said Melissa Mitchell, curator of the Juried Art Show. “Patients want and deserve a medical facility that helps calm fears and nurtures healing, said Mitchell.

Since the inception of the Women’s Center juried art show in 2013, artists of all kinds have participated. “Without vision from Women’s Center Director, Lisa Larkin, MD the annual art exhibit would not have been established.   Her desire to bring together art and medicine make this event possible,” said Mitchell. One of this year’s artists, Michael Boyer, said “Whether just a checkup or facing a major medical procedure, a doctor’s office can be a stressful environment. The Women’s Center is a progressive environment that has taken extra steps for the wellness of those whom they care for. I’m happy to be a part of this year’s showing and thrilled that my art can offer some stress relief to patients.” Another artist, Kent Krugh, said, “There are several reasons why I make art. I enjoy the creative process and the exploration of various imaging techniques and printing processes. Typically, I work to produce a series of images that function as a vehicle for dialog about that which is important to me. If my art can reflect my worldview, it serves to explain who I am and my place in this world. And ultimately, I hope my work helps the viewer gain insight into the nature of reality. I am honored to have three pieces from my “Inside the Gate” series on exhibition this year. I can think of few other venues where my art can fulfill its purpose to inspire and encourage.”

Michael, Kent and the artist’s selected for this year are on display at the Women’s Center. The show can be viewed by visiting the West Chester Women’s Center during open hours. Any featured art piece is available for purchase. And later this year, check our website for information on how you can become involved or submit a piece of work for 2017 consideration. For more information visit, UCHealth.com/women.

This entry was posted in Articles and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Both comments and trackbacks are currently closed.