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Showcasing the Connection Between Art and Health

Seventh Annual Juried Show Reflects 'Art's Healing Treasure'

Oct. 9, 2013

"Art's Healing Treasure," an exhibit that showcases the connection between art and health through photography, ceramics, paintings and mixed media officially opens Friday, Oct. 18, with a 3-7 p.m. reception at Cal State Fullerton's Student Health and Counseling Center. Art on display has been created by students, alumni, faculty and staff.

"Some pieces tell stories about illness and others about struggle, but all show the strength of the artists in telling a story and how art helps transform lives," said Laura Rockwell, exhibition coordinator and administrative support coordinator for the Student Health and Counseling Center.

Among the participating artists is graduate student Gretchen Bloom '13 (B.S. child and adolescent studies). Bloom has two pieces in the exhibit.

"Love Lifts Me," a painting of a seagull gliding over the ocean, was created for Bloom's mother while she was undergoing radiation treatments for her breast cancer, the artist explained. "My hope was that her mind could be transported to the peaceful beauty of the beach, and that she would be reminded of the love that surrounds her during this difficult time."

"Amazed Forever," a portrait of her daughter, reflects on the difficult age period of 18 to 25, Bloom said. "All of a sudden after high school, you are making very big, important decisions that have long-lasting affects on your future."

Alumna Lauren Gallegos '09 (B.F.A – art-illustration) said that art "is always healing and relaxing for me. It's a way to leave the stresses of life behind and to go into another world.

"I learned about the Art 4 Health show several years ago from one of my professors," Gallegos said. "I truly appreciated what the show was about in promoting healthy living, as well as all the people who put the show together. I wanted to continue being a part of this. This year will be my sixth year participating in the show."

A children's book artist, Gallegos said she creates art not only for children but for "kids-at-heart."

"After realizing how much certain picture books influenced me as a child, I knew I wanted to create art that stuck with the next generation in the same way," she said. "My goal as a children's book illustrator is to inspire kids to dream, wonder, ask questions and learn about the world around them. I hope that my art brings them joy, wisdom and hope when the world sometimes fails to give it."

During the Oct. 18 reception, a silent auction will be held with proceeds benefiting the Art 4 Health program. Tours and refreshments also will be offered.

The exhibition continues in the Student Health and Counseling Center through July 2014. After the reception, the exhibit will be open to the public and campus community by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, call 657-278-3946.

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