Legacy kicks off Breast Cancer Awareness Month by ‘Healing Through the Arts’
Legacy Cancer Institute First Thursday event kicked off Breast Cancer Awareness Month by celebrating life through art with local breast cancer survivors
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Legacy Cancer Institute celebrated patients and survivors through the art and literature at their First Thursday event entitled “Healing through the Arts” last week.
Dawn Nielson, a local visual artist and former patient of Legacy Cancer Institute exhibited her beautiful large-scale encaustic wax pieces, all of which reflect her own journey as a breast cancer survivor.
Natalie Serber, a published author who is also breast cancer survivor and former Legacy patient did a reading and signed copies of her book "Community Chest".
The two talented women also shared their own experience of healing through visual arts and writing with attendees.
Nielson’s exhibit entitled, “Perspective: one woman’s relationship with her imperfect self”
, is on view for the public at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center October 1 – 31 in the lower level of Medical Office Building 3 (1030 NW 22nd Ave., Portland, OR 97210).
to watch Dawn and Natalie discuss the event on KGW’s Portland Today.
About art therapy
One of the Legacy Cancer Healing Center’s many offerings includes art therapy, which help cancer patients manage the emotional and psychological effects that can result from a cancer diagnosis. The National Institutes of Health has conducted in-depth research into effects art therapy has on cancer patients and found it significantly reduces anxiety, depression, and pain and improves the quality of life for patients.
About the artists
is an encaustic wax artist and breast cancer survivor who exhibits her work in the Pacific Northwest and lives between Stevenson, Wash., and Portland, Ore. As an artist, she gravitates toward work that exemplifies human thought and behavior. She finds this topic has many layers and possesses its own concoction of biological, psychological and social elements that make up who we are.
After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006, Dawn was drawn to art-making as a tool to guide her through the unfamiliar process of having cancer, this method provoked a sense of calm and helped to ground her fears and anxieties as well as to release frustrations.
In 2014 Dawn received her BFA in General Fine Arts from Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) while attending Marylhurst University in psychology.
is the author of a memoir, Community Chest, and the story collection, Shout Her Lovely Name, a New York Times Notable Book of 2012, a summer reading selection from O, the Oprah Magazine, and an Oregonian Top 10 Book of the Pacific Northwest. Her fiction has appeared in The Bellingham Review, Gulf Coast, Inkwell, and Hunger Mountain. Essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, O, The Oprah Magazine, The Huffington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Oregonian, The Rumpus, Salon, and Fourth Genre. Natalie has been the recipient of the John Steinbeck Award, Tobias Wolff Award, and H.E. Francis Award. She has been short listed in Best American Short Stories.
She teaches fiction and the personal essay at Marylhurst University, the Attic Institute and at various conferences including Squaw Valley Community of Writers. Natalie received her MFA from Warren Wilson College. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
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