Cancer-related art exhibit expresses hope

Oct. 07, 2013 @ 05:00 PM

An exhibit on display this week in High Point highlights an aspect of the cancer journey that is often overlooked — hope.
“All of the pieces in this exhibit represent artistic expressions of hope through the disease process,” explained Cathy Weaver, executive director of Guide Posts of Strength, a nonprofit, comprehensive resource for cancer patients and their families.
Guide Posts of Strength organized the exhibit, titled “Creative Hope,” which is on display at Theatre Art Galleries.
A centerpiece of the exhibit is a “Tree of Life” mosaic designed by local artist Evelyn Crews, who spent a month working with cancer patients to make the mosaic piece by piece.
“She cut the pieces of glass and worked with cancer survivors and their loved ones, helping them put the pieces together,” Weaver said. “Doing the mosaic was a form of therapy for them.”
At an opening reception for the exhibit, the mosaic was sold at auction for $6,000 — all of which will go to Guide Posts of Strength — but it remains on display.
The exhibit also includes “Lilly Oncology On Canvas,” a traveling exhibit that features art in various media done by cancer patients. The exhibit stems from a national competition designed to honor the journeys people face when confronted with a cancer diagnosis.
A third part of the “Creative Hope” exhibit features paintings by North Carolina artist Dan Alvarez, a tonsil cancer survivor.
“He has pieces of art that were done at the point of his diagnosis, during his treatment and at the end of his treatment,” Weaver said. “His art is also an expression of his spiritual journey, and you can see him working through it — you see the transformation in his art.”
Finally, the exhibit includes a bronze sculpture by Justin Hedgecock, a professional hunting guide whose career was hampered by an accident that severely injured his knees.
“He did this statue as part of his therapy, trying to work through the pain and discouragement of a really bad injury,” Weaver said. “And while he’s not a cancer patient, this piece still shows how the creative process can help you find hope and help you express what you’re feeling through a devastating illness.”
The exhibit will remain on display through 5 p.m. Wednesday. | 888-3579


“Creative Hope” will remain on exhibit through Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, at Theatre Art Galleries, 220 E. Commerce Ave.
Admission is free.
For groups of 10 or more, make an appointment by calling Guide Posts of Strength at 883-4477.