Tuesday, September 13, 2011

the art of healing . the paintings of mary welke

Artist Reception
Friday, September 16th  |  5-7PM

Unity Hospital
480 Osborne Rd., Ste. 200
Fridley, MN 55432

The Penny George Institute for Health and Healing's Art of Healing Program provides arts-based wellness intervention and education, and supports a healing environment. The Penny George Institute works in close collaboration with the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute - Unity Hospital and has expertise in serving cancer patients, survivors, and their families.

The current featured artist is Thorp tenant Mary Welke. She paints landscapes and things in nature with a focus on contemplation, meditation and mindfulness of the ever changing natural environment. Welke's work is progressive as she goes from the studio to nature and back again. She explores aspects of light, shimmer, and subtle changes in nature through the use of iridescent and regular paint, repetition of brush stroke and layering. She digs back into layers with mists of water which allows the paint to run. The paintings change color and shimmer depending on the light and where the viewer stands.

Welke received a bachelor's degree in fine arts from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design and a master's in fine arts from Pratt Institute in New York City.

On display September 1st - October 31st

for more information, please call 763-236-5601