Holy Moments

Living Proof Exhibit

About Living Proof Exhibit
In March 2010, Mary Ellen Cunningham and Pamela Crouch, both cancer survivors, met at a breast cancer support group. Encouraged by friends after her diagnosis, Mary Ellen had turned to photography as a way to use art to help her cope with the challenges of her diagnosis and treatment. Pamela, previously a professional writer, had been struggling with depression after chemotherapy left her aphasic and unable to work. She decided to try a new way of being creative, and began making birdhouses, painting the roofs bright pink and gifting them to newly diagnosed breast cancer patients. The women recall their first meeting: "[Pamela] bounced up to Mary Ellen and said, 'I used art as therapy, you used art as therapy, I'm sure there are others who did that too . . . let's put on a show!'" Seven months later, in October 2010, Living Proof Exhibit had their first show at Bucktown Center for the Arts in Davenport, Iowa. A month later, the newly formed non-profit organization began offering their first art therapy classes, and they have been hosting annual exhibitions featuring art made by other cancer survivors ever since!

Living Proof Exhibit website

Holy Moments, Ink on yupo paper, 14" x 11"

In her own words:

I'm a lifelong artist who has lived in Cedar Rapids since 1986. In my creative process, I meditate on divine light which connects to my inner light. I create in an attitude of oneness and unity that connects us all. I was diagnosed with Stage 3 melanoma in September 2001 and again in May 2004. Although I was terrified by the diagnosis, the "C"-word brought me a new awareness of what was truly important in my life: my family, my art, and like-minded friends. The "gift of cancer" focused my personal and creative energy on my purpose: to use my passion and spiritual connection to inspire and uplift others to see the beauty within themselves. I let go of projects and ideas that weren't in alignment with my purpose. This allowed my body to self-heal, as it is designed to do.

Tara Moorman's website

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