Three years ago a mosaic mural was unveiled at Shore Regional Breast Center, celebrating the artistic work of a group of women who turned to art therapy as part of their recovery from breast cancer. The mural, which hangs in the reception area of the Breast Center at The Memorial Hospital at Easton, sparked an interest in using the Center to feature works of local artists as a way to inspire others in their healing.
The Breast Center’s staff and a group of volunteers are making plans to participate in the First Friday Gallery Walk on Friday, October 2. The exhibit will coincide with the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, held in October of every year.
According to Mary Jane Flynn, BSN, RN, OCN, CBCN, nurse coordinator for Shore Regional Breast Center, “Art provides the creative outlet for women to explore the emotional and psychological aspects of their experience with cancer. The mosaic mural enabled breast cancer survivors to express their cancer experience and has been an inspiring addition to our space here. We thought the next logical step was to use our walls to display more inspiring art from area cancer survivors and to share it with the public.”
Pat Crane of Easton, one of the committee members planning the exhibit, says that there will be six artists participating in this first exhibition. Some of the featured artists have been artists their whole lives and others began their work following a breast cancer diagnosis Crane adds, “The artists are thrilled to participate in this project.”
For Gerry Czajkowski of Grasonville, who is a breast cancer survivor, art provides unexpected gifts. She says, “The expression ‘Life is too short’ resonates with me six years post cancer. I try to make the most of every day. In my paintings, I take risks, enjoying the mystery of experimentation. You never know what will emerge.”
The Shore Regional Breast Center exhibit will also include the interpretive traveling art exhibit AbracadaBRA! The exhibit, which is sponsored by Women Supporting Women, was created from workshops for breast cancer survivors and features three-dimensional sculptures made out of bras. The artists used art materials and personal items to create a theme for their pieces, often incorporating humor in sharing their positive and negative feelings about their cancer experience.
Shore Regional Breast Center will be open to the public during the First Friday Gallery Walk on Friday, October 2 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Enter Shore Regional Breast Center from the main lobby of The Memorial Hospital at Easton, 219 S. Washington Street. Refreshments will be served. The show will be on display through December 31, 2009. The next exhibit, “Reflections,” will be open on January 8, 2010, during Easton’s First Friday Gallery Walk in January.
For more information about the Shore Regional Breast Center’s exhibition and the services of the center, contact Mary Jane Flynn at 410-820-9400.