Collaboration in any form feels inspiring and exciting! I enjoy working with any age group in any setting, whether it be in a school with students, in a hospital with patients, or during a personal retreat with participants. Facilitating group projects that foster connection, community, and creativity is a gratifying experience!
SAMARITAN PASTEGA REGIONAL CANCER CENTER, CORVALLIS, OREGON
Bell Ceremony Mosaic Triptychs.
“Ringing the bell” is a ritual practiced throughout the cancer community and offers a patient the opportunity to embrace the completion of treatment and celebrate their future. When a patient rings the bell, it’s a sign of hope for all who hear it – the newly diagnosed, those in treatment who may be feeling overwhelmed and want to give up, and for the oncology staff.
In 2019, the Samaritan Cancer Program and ArtsCare program incorporated this ceremonial practice by commissioning artist Wendy Brewer, who created two Ceremonial Bell Mosaic Triptychs. One to reside in the Radiation and Oncology building, and one for the infusion Center. Both mosaic designs were inspired by the significance that the Tree of Life represents in many cultures. One Tree of Life design represents the season of Fall, and the other, the season of Spring. Patients on their journey with cancer came together during an ArtsCare workshop to work with Brewer in creating embellishments for the trees, such as flowers, animals, birds or other symbols of significance, that would be experienced during each of those seasons, further symbolizing all aspects of the life cycle.
SANTA BARBARA RIDLEY-TREE CANCER CENTER
"Sea of Love” Bell Ceremony Triptych. (40” high x 48” wide). When patients finish their treatment, they are surrounded by the medical team and often family members, and they ring bell to celebrate the end of treatment. The design and colors were inspired by the seaside nautical theme that is reflected in most all of the artwork in the Center.
The Koi project was created by patients in the Lebanon Hospital. They worked on the panels while they were receiving their infusion treatments. The panels are installed in the Infusion Unit waiting room at the hospital.
GOOD SAMARITAN HOSPITAL
The swirling piece on the concrete wall was a Community wide hospital mural project, at Good Samaritan Hospital, created by patients, family members, visitors and hospital staff.
ORFALEA CHILDREN’S CENTER
The Sea Turtle was created by 4 & 5 year old preschool students in the “Sea Turtle” classroom at the Orfalea Children’s Center and is installed on the campus.
HARDING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
The fruits and veggies were created by 4th grade students at Harding Elementary as part of their healthy living curriculum. It is installed in the entry to the cafeteria.