Voices Art Gallery: Current Show

image of a Native American medallion
Native American medallion by Suzanne Cross
image of thunder clouds over trees
June Thundercloud by Cliff Johnson
painting of a red, orange and yellow sunset Painting by Judith Bernardi

Gift of Another Day: Native American Fiber Art by Suzanne Cross

Moment of Peace: Photography by Cliff Johnson

A Welcome Escape: Paintings by Judith Bernardi

On display: September through October, 2016


About Suzanne Cross

I am fortunate to be an Ovarian Cancer survivor for more than 30 years. My artwork relates to the healing process with an American Indian cultural influence. As a youth I was taught by the Elders of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian tribe to create artwork only when in a positive frame of mind. Crafting each items allowed me to begin healing by bringing materials together to construct aesthetic and functional pieces. Each item in the exhibit is a marker of where I was during the healing process and provides an opportunity to acknowledge phases of the recovery process. The exhibit includes those who made a contribution to the healing of my mind, body, and spirit. It is my experience having cancer can produce the feeling of being alone. However, if one allows others to assist in the healing process, the realization is a feeling of support from others. Those who were compassionate during my battle with ovarian cancer are honored and included in the exhibit. As a survivor, I no longer pray for myself, I spend time giving thanks for family and friends, lessons from the Elders, or for special moments of kindness from others.

About Cliff Johnson

I've always tried to create photographs that exemplify peaceful scenes and set-tings. And after I was diagnosed with Lymphoma this has been even more important to me. One of the best gifts I can give someone fighting the disease is a moment of peace that gives them hope or a small measure of encouragement."

About Judith Bernadi

Throughout her life, Judith Rose Bernardi, kept are and creative pursuits as an important part of her life. She was known to her family and friends as a source of unconditional love, inventiveness, originality, humor, imagination and spontaneity. Judith applied these traits to her art. Her work, her relationship with her husband of 42 years and their 3 children. Painting and sketching brought her peace and tranquility, and served as a craft to which she patiently devoted hours of attention and care. When cancer came into her life she found a welcome escape in the creative process. This collection showcases many of the pieces she created in her final years . . . pieces that now hang in the homes of her loved ones as reminders of the life and love that she shared with us.

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

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