January 2017
Mixed-arts exhibit at Mercy Hospital offers light and depth from cancer survivors


The traveling exhibit “Arts Express: Quick and True Renderings,” opens at Mercy Hospital with a public reception on Tuesday, January 10, 6:30 to 8 p.m., in Mercy’s Courtyard Café. The exhibit features poetry, drawings and video collage by cancer survivors, their caregivers and friends.


The public reception will also offer a chance for some hands-on participation as a project coordinator will lead an arts exercise for those interested.


Arts Express will be on display near Mercy’s Courtyard Cafe through February 9.The touring exhibit has also been on display in hospitals in Duluth and Grand Rapids.


“Music and art are so healing to me,” writes Melody Daley in her artist bio for the exhibit. “Art speaks to my soul and allows my soul to speak.”


The sketches, doodles and drafts on display were made during arts workshops offered by the Duluth nonprofit Project Lulu. Poet Sheila Packa, painter Elizabeth Kuth, dancer Lisa McKhann, and digital artist Joellyn Rock led exercises in quick, bold art-making.


This traveling exhibit was made possible in part by a grant from the Community Opportunity Fund of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation. Other key support came from ARAC, CPL Images, UMD Stores and MMAD Lab, On the Rocks Art Studio, MacRostie Art Center, Essentia Health, and others.


For more information about the exhibit, contact Lisa McKhann at (218) 349-9121,, or visit


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