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Voices Art Gallery: Current Show

My Tranquil Escape, oils and mixed media by Judy Conn
The Beauty that Surrounds Us, photography by Michael Martin

On display September through November, 2018

three paintings by Judy Conn; one of a tree; one of a sunset and one of tiny home in the woods

Artist's Statement: Judy Conn [oil paint and mixed media]

I have always enjoyed oil painting; however, never thought of myself as an artist. In my early twenties, I began painting as a hobby. With no formal artistic training, I enjoyed the challenge of trying to imitate what I found beautiful and meaningful to me. Most of my paintings, I had the privilege to give away to people who crossed my path in life. Upon getting married, working, and raising my sons, there was little time to devote to my hobby and passion for painting, so I packed away my paints and brushes.

My battle with cancer began in 1991 and I was cured for 20 years. Then it returned and I'm still fighting today. Last year when I retired from my job, my husband and son built me an art studio in the back of the garage. Not knowing if I could still paint, I decided to give it a try.

Painting is not only a pleasurable way of escaping the painful realities of cancer, but it is also a true blessing. It's my form of therapy and way of expressing myself. I believe it is my passion. All my worries and pain seem to disappear when I'm in the flow.

The paintings I am exhibiting are pieces I have worked on since November 2017. I want to thank the Rogel Cancer Center Art Therapist for encouraging me and giving me the confidence to share my art with you. I'm honored that you believe my art worthy.

My hope is to inspire you and encourage you that this is something that you can do yourself. If you would like to paint but think you can't, let me share with you what a friend once told me: "all you need is the desire in your heart." I admit, I am my own worst critic; but, what's most important is that I enjoy the process. Not everybody will like what you do; however, it doesn't matter what other people think. If you're open to trying it, you may surprise yourself.

 

three photographs by Michael Martin; one of a row of mailboxes; one of an old farmhouse and one of three lions

Artist's Statement: Michael Martin [photography]

The six photographs in this collection were taken by my late husband who was treated for three years at UM Health System for leukemia. During his many weeks in the hospital, the art and music therapy programs brought him much comfort.

Mike is remembered by all as a kind and generous person, so it is only fitting that his favorite hobby -- photography -- will hopefully bring moments of respite for cancer patients and their families. All photos were submitted to the BASF Wyandotte annual juried photo contest over several decades since this is where he worked as a chemist. Many won ribbons!

These film photos reflect the beauty he saw in the world around him and the joy he felt in capturing this beauty. There is a sense of peace in each photo. A magical moment in time has been preserved to remind us that even in times of uncertainty and pain, nature’s quiet splendor evokes a sense of solitude and acceptance.

The Voices Art Gallery is offered by the Rogel Cancer Center Art Therapy Program and is made possible by gifts to the Helen and Sonya Fund and the Rogel Cancer Center Art Therapy Program. Program supplies are generously supported by the Robert Bruce Dunlap Memorial Fund.

Learn more about how you can make a gift to the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center.

The Voices Art Gallery is located on level B1 of the Rogel Cancer Center Building.
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The Voices Art Gallery is offered by the Rogel Cancer Center Art Therapy Program and is made possible by gifts to the Helen and Sonya Fund and the Rogel Cancer Center Art Therapy Program. Program supplies are generously supported by the Robert by the Robert Bruce Dunlap Memorial Fund.

Learn more about how you can make a gift to the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center.