Two New Art Displays at CancerCare of Maine

04/25/2009

For thousands of years, people have used art as way to communicate. We also know that art has a profound healing effect on patients. That’s why EMMC’s CancerCare of Maine hosts two art gallery showings. Currently, Alan Meyer is showing landscape paintings in the Webber 1 intake office, and on the ground floor of CancerCare, Linden O’Ryan is showing watercolors.

Alan began painting two years ago after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. He has painted more than 100 paintings and says, “I have become a person of worth again. I can create landscapes or put down on canvas a scene that I have seen or have on photo and give them life and beauty of their own. I have overcome the pain and depression of my disease with my creative outlet.”

Eleven years ago, Linden began painting as a way to cope with her son’s death from leukemia.  Her son was a patient at EMMC, and Linden thinks displaying her artwork at CancerCare is a great way to express her appreciation. This is her third exhibit here. “My son shows up in my work at various times – always as a caribou. But my work is also about joy and life affirming experiences.”

Linden adds, “It’s amazing how people connect through art. So many different people come through CancerCare – from patients to caregivers, transporters and family members. I hope my artwork starts conversations and that people find it inspirational and healing.”
Both exhibits are on display through the end of May.

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