Gallery Benefit Showcases Visual Diaries to
Raise Awareness of Young Adults with Cancer
New York, NY — An eclectic group of artists, young professionals and individuals involved in healthcare joined denizens of the art community on September 30th and October 1st in West Chelsea to experience a unique gallery opening, benefitting the CancerCare Young Adult Program. Throughout the evening, electricity was in the air as more than 150 attendees browsed the gallery and the 13 young artists whose works were featured in the exhibit mingled with the guests to share their very personal stories.
|The Visual Diaries exhibit demonstrated the power of photography and video in depicting the artists' own feelings about their diagnoses.|
Visual Diaries: A Snapshot of the Young Adult Cancer Experience is a photographic exhibit designed to create dialogue and raise awareness about the unique challenges that young people face when confronted with a cancer diagnosis. This collection of images and video illustrates the wide spectrum of experiences and emotions felt by these photographers from diagnosis through treatment and into survivorship.
|Visual Diaries participants and co-facilitators Annabel Clark and Julie Larson.|
Visual Diaries is an innovative program of CancerCare and The Creative Center which uses the power of story-telling through photography to express the raw emotions of the cancer experience. The program began in 2007 as a 12-week workshop for cancer patients to learn about photography as therapy in coping with their diagnosis. Today, photographer Annabel Clark and CancerCare social worker Julie Larson — co-facilitators of the program — run these annual workshops and provide their expertise and counsel to the group.
|Visual Diaries participant Lara Pilla and Visual Diaries Co-facilitator Annabel Clark give the exhibit layout a once-over prior to the event's opening.|
Annabel and Julie, along with The Creative Center Executive Director Robin Glazer, were on hand throughout the evening to provide information about the Visual Diaries program and to share their thoughts about the exhibit.
Adding to the glamour of the evening was the presence of the acclaimed stage and film actresses Lynn Redgrave and Vanessa Redgrave, mother and aunt, respectively, of Annabel Clark. The Redgrave sisters mingled with attendees and thoughtfully commented on the individual works on display. Lynn Redgrave's personal journey as a breast cancer patient and survivor was photo-documented by her daughter in their 2004 book, Journal: A Mother and Daughter's Recovery from Breast Cancer (Umbrage Editions).
|Visual Diaries co-facilitator Annabel Clark with her mother and aunt, actresses Lynn and Vanessa Redgrave.|
This celebration of art and life concluded with a toast to the triumphs and hard work of the Visual Diaries participants. Winners of the raffles were also announced at the end of each evening.
|Excitement filled the room at Studio 9G as more than 150 attendees celebrated the opening of the Visual Diaries art exhibit in support of the CancerCare Young Adults Program.|
Many thanks to our sponsors Novartis Oncology, Momentum Worldwide and Corporate Coffee Systems; and to our hosts The CancerCare Junior Committee, The CancerCare Young Adult Program and The Creative Center for making the two-night gallery benefit a truly special and unique occasion.
To learn more about CancerCare services for anyone facing cancer, visit www.cancercare.org. For information about the CancerCare Young Adult Program and Visual Diaries, contact Julie Larson, Director of CancerCare's Young Adult Program, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-712-6173. For information about The Creative Center, contact Executive Director Robin Glazer at email@example.com or 646-465-5313.
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