Art exhibit focuses on cancer journey |

Art exhibit focuses on cancer journey

Contributed photoTari Williams, a 10-year cancer survivor, paints a symbolic design that expresses her feelings about the cancer journey. Art by local cancer survivors will be displayed along with the winning pieces from the national Lilly Oncology on Canvas 2010 contest in a special exhibit at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs. The show is on display through Friday, and an opening reception will be held from 5 - 7 p.m. today.

Oncology On Canvas, an art exhibit focused on the cancer journey, is on display at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs through Friday. An opening reception for the public will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. today.

The show includes the winning pieces from an annual nationwide contest sponsored by the pharmaceutical firm Lilly, along with a showing of works by local cancer patients and survivors.

Lilly launched the yearly contest in 2004 to honor those who are impacted by cancer and give an artistic voice to the inward and outward journey that each cancer patient walks. The winning art pieces then tour the country, making stops at scores of hospitals and cancer clinics.

Oncology On Canvas honors the people whose lives have been affected by cancer. Their stories are told through art and narrative, with the hope that the tapestry of emotions conveyed in the art provides hope and inspiration to others.

Sheri Gaynor of Creative Spark Studio in Carbondale worked with local cancer survivors and with Lilly Oncology on Canvas and Valley View Hospital to include these local art expressions at part of the experience of Lilly’s moving exhibit.

“Art is another way to give voice to the feelings, life affirming changes, and transformations found on cancer journeys and evokes both the fears and joys of patients, caregivers, friends and family members,” Gaynor said. “Art gives visual representation to the impact of cancer and the rollercoaster of inspiration to despair, health and healing, hope and fears.”

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