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Cancer Center's 6th Annual Art Heals Exhibit & Reception

On December 12, 2013 the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara with Sansum Clinic held a community reception honoring the art work and experiences of some of its patients in the sixth annual Art Heals exhibit. Many of the works revealed in the year long display were created by first-time painters who, through participation in the Cancer Center’s classes, discovered art as a means of expression or peace of mind during their cancer journey.

Over 20 Cancer Center patient artists displayed their works at the show’s opening reception at Cancer Center’s 540 Pueblo location. More than 40 watercolor, collage and mixed media pieces now line the halls.

The exhibit, which is a permanent, revolving display in the Cancer Center’s facilities, provides a continual source of inspiration to patients, family members, and staff at the Cancer Center. It serves as a visual reminder of the power of the creative process and the role art can play in health and healing.

“Research suggests that art and the creative process can have healing and life-enhancing effect for those touched by cancer,” said Lisa Hashbarger, Oncology Health Promotion Coordinator of the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara with Sansum Clinic. “We often hear from participants that the classes provide welcomed distraction and enable them to focus on something other than their cancer. For many, the art is a form of expression, and others simply enjoy the time away from medical appointments and procedures.”

 The Cancer Center offers the painting classes as a way for people to take a break from cancer, get lost in the creative process, and receive instruction on different painting techniques.

 “Painting, for me, has been a real emotional lift,” says artist Graham Bury, who has three works featured in the exhibit.

The class, led by local artist Rick Stich, is now in its 14th year and is one of many free supportive programs and classes available to cancer patients.

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