It’s a rare occasion when an artist is given the opportunity to hear, first-hand, how much their art means to the individual observer. It’s all the more powerful when that observer is a cancer patient whose experience of art has contributed substantially to their overall wellbeing during the treatment process.
On Monday, March 13, at 5:30 pm on WLOS 13, we’re given the chance to eavesdrop on the conversation when Pam McLaughlin, a patient of the Pardee Comprehensive Cancer Center in Hendersonville, meets local artist Kelly G. Chelena to express her appreciation for the art on display in the new cancer treatment facility.
Ms. McLaughlin spends as much as six hours at a time in treatment and has become intimately acquainted with the original paintings, sculpture and photography exhibited throughout the corridors and examination rooms of the Cancer Center. In Monday’s “Windows of Beauty” episode of the WLOS 13 “Carolina Moments” program, she offers a highly personal view of her engagement with the art, eloquently illustrating the power of art to offer inspiration and solace during difficult and stressful times.
Kelly G. Chelena is one of ten artists whose work is exhibited throughout the Cancer Center, and provides the artist’s perspective on what it means to be included in this significant collection of work. Speaking for all the artists, she underscores the humbling gratification to be found by extending an uplifting hand of support to the patients, friends, family and staff embraced by the artwork each day.
Please join WLOS 13 reporter John Le as he brings together the artist and the art lover – collaborators on the path of life and color.
Click here for a sneak peek at Monday's segment.