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Members of the Art Therapy Program at the Cancer Center at Lowell General Hospital display art in Brush Art Gallery’s "Strong at the Broken Places: Healing Art"

(Lowell, Mass.) - December 14, 2009 - Finding a way to cope with a personal struggle and fears, as well as a way to find words to fit feelings of courage and strength is not always easy. For many, creative expression is a way to bring out such deep emotions.

Seven women who participate in the Healing Through Art Program at Lowell General Hospital were part of a special exhibit at the Brush Art Galley earlier this fall when their art was displayed in "Strong at The Broken Places: Healing Art", an exhibit of artwork inspired by the power of healing, that included the work of over 100 local artists and members of community organizations.

Participants in the Cancer Center at Lowell General Hospital's art therapy program have been using various creative forms to help them find comfort and support each other. Guided by a professional artist, the women considered the following quote when creating their pieces:

"Whenever we share of ourselves with others, whether through expressing our ideas through writing, performing any kind of work, or displaying our art, we give a piece of courage to all who experience the outcome. By striving to create art with meaning, we walk valiantly past the doubting parts of ourselves toward universal health."

The hospital's Healing Through Art program, is made possible by funds from TeamWalk for CancerCare. Now in its fourth year, the program is open to all cancer patients and their support persons. For more information about this unique, supportive therapy, please call Meg Lemire at 978-937-6142.

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Photo Captions:
Healing Through Art ParticipantsCheryl-Gillian-Debbie: Healing Through Art participants Cheryl Boucher (L) and Debbie Caisse (R) joined artist and instructor Gillian Orlinsky (center) at the opening of the Brush Art Gallery Exhibit's "Strong at the Broken Places" an exhibit showcasing the power of healing as portrayed by local artists.

Squares of art on display created by members of the Healing Through Art Program at Lowell General Hospital included:

Cheryl Boucher's SquareCheryl Boucher,

Debbie Caisse's SquareDebbie Caisse,

Jan McDonald's SquareJan McDonald,

Judy Bessette's SquareJudy Bessette,

Karen Henderson's SquareKaren Henderson,

Rita Overhulser's SquareRita Overhulser,

Gillian Orlinsky's Squareand Gillian Orlinsky.

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