Reaffirming the Good

Continuing through May, there is a wonderful art show in the Lombardi Atrium. It is the work of artist Kristrinah Ayala. She is exhibiting eight wonderful, large watercolor portraits of doctors, nurses, and other people who play a part in her healing process.

Her story is amazing. She was sick as a child and spent a lot of time isolated in the hospital, using paint by numbers and the hidden pictures puzzles in Highlights magazine to keep herself busy. As an adult, she began painting and found that her way of composing paintings was like paint by numbers. Her work is fascinating–recognizable and beautiful and abstract all at once.

When she had to deal with a serious illness again as an adult, she turned to painting as a creative outlet and to express her appreciation to her caregivers. She writes: “My goal is that you, the viewer, see more than just a visual appearance. My hope is that you catch a glimpse of each person’s unique spirit.” Her website is www.kirstrinahayala.com.  Ms. Ayala will be on hand at Lombardi on May 18 from 2-4:00 p.m. to talk about her work.

Her show is part of the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Arts and Humanities Program.

 

Superheroes at Work!

The Hope for Henry Superhero Celebration yesterday at Georgetown was a grand success—thank-you Hope for Henry Foundation!

I wanted to share a charming photo of some kids working in the art area after the party. Batman had sped off in the Batmobile, Spiderman, Supergirl, the Face Painters, Caricature Artists and Green Screen photographers all packed up. But there were still doctors to see and medicines to be administered, so it was back to business in the clinic—but with an extra dose of Superhero magic!

Back to clinic for young superheroes!

Back to clinic for young superheroes!

And here’s a link to a local news story about the event:

http://www.wusa9.com/news/article/251644/158/Superheroes-Spread-Smiles-At-Georgetown-Univ-Hospital

 

The Show, Part 2!

An unexpected opportunity arose late last week when there was a sudden opening in the Lombardi Atrium Gallery schedule. Arts and Humanities Director Nancy Morgan invited us to put up work by the kids–and we had just taken down our show at Carroll Square, so the timing was perfect!

There wasm’t room for everything–no sculptures and only some of the flat work–but it’s a great opportunity to enjoy our kids’ thoughtfulness and creativity a little longer! Please enjoy the photos of the gallery below:

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Beautiful colors by kids from three of our programs

Beautiful colors by kids from three of our programs

Landscapes

Landscapes

Poems, stories, and play on reflection and symmetry

Poems, stories, and play on reflection and symmetry

Very fine drawings!

Very fine drawings!

Thoughts about faces by kids of all ages

Thoughts about faces by kids of all ages

Painted thoughts

Painted thoughts

Community treehouse from CCBD-NoVa clinic!

Community treehouse from CCBD-NoVa clinic!

Beautiful reflections on treatment by a young adult patient

Beautiful reflections on treatment by a young adult patient

Tracy's Kids at Lombardi 2013

Tracy’s Kids at Lombardi 2013