After providing a demonstration and lecture at a Leadership Illinois conference this summer, Penny Treese was asked to provide two healing art workshops to cancer survivors and their caregivers for Blessing Hospital’s Cancer Center in Quincy, Illinois over the weekend of November 14, 2014. The event will be held at The State Room, an atmospheric, chic, historical theater space which has been graciously donated for this cause by it’s owner, Ruth Frese.
On Friday, Penny will guide the patients and caregivers in creating personal, moving encaustic artwork involving writing down their thoughts and feelings on watercolor paper. They will tear down the paper asthey meditate on destroying their written word and record of their emotions. The group will move outside into the November night and Penny will assist them in setting afire the torn pieces, allowing them to watch them burn and experience their thoughts rising through the smoke to the heavens and becoming part of the universe.
Saturday’s workshop will involve teaching Penny’s unique, well-known methods of photo-encaustic painting. The patients will bring in full or partial-body photos of themselves to deconstruct, then reconfigure onto a wooden panel, using beeswax to preserve. This will involve an intimate relationship with their photos which may then be torn, cut, sewn, or distressed with water, wine, coffee, or elements that have effected the patients’ bodies.
Penny hopes that these powerful workshops will aid in the emotional healing of the patients, their loved ones and caregivers and feels honored to take part in Blessing Hospital’s program. It is similar to the Paint Love volunteer program (in conjunction with Kate’s Club) that Penny and Kim McGill Stuart participated in earlier this year.
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