Exhibition features art by cancer patients

By Nancy Chan

"Hearts in Flight" by S.A.Corron

WHAT:   Altered shoes and plaster face masks are part of a month-long art exhibition created by cancer patients participating in the UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Art for Recovery program. 

Patients altered their own personal shoes to fit the phrase “shoes are the messenger of the soul; they carry us, protect us and support us,” an art theme attributed to Art for Recovery director Cindy Perlis. One patient changed her slippers into a metaphor for the darkness of breast cancer and also the hope. Plaster face masks were made to speak to the hidden feelings that occur while coping with cancer.

There will also be displays of paintings, poetry, collages and drawings by breast cancer patients and others with life-threatening illnesses. 

WHO: The UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Art for Recovery program San Francisco Women Artists, a volunteer non-profit organization.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 4 through Saturday, November 4, 2006
Hours are: Tuesdays: 12-3 p.m.; Wednesday through Saturday: 12-5 p.m.

A reception will take place on Thursday, October 12, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Open to the general public.

WHERE: San Francisco Women Artists Gallery
3489 Sacramento Street (at Laurel Street)
San Francisco
HOW: Admission is free to the exhibition and reception.

CONTACT: Ethel Jimenez, SFWA - (415) 544-0902
SF Women Artists - (415) 440-7392
Cindy Perlis, Art for Recovery - (415) 885-7221