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Art Exhibit Explores Healing

Show open March 6

Art Heals ... from Birth to Death opens at Columbia Center for the Arts on March 6 and extends through March 29.

Presented in partnership with Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital, Art Heals explores the many aspects of healing -- physical, spiritual, emotional and more -- and has a special emphasis on engaging the community in dialog about these important issues.

Seventeen area artists are participating in the show by special invitation, and will be presenting art in a range of media throughout the month. Each piece in the show will represent the artist's personal reflection on the theme of healing.

The public is invited to attend the artist reception on Friday, March 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. Complimentary appetizers will be served; beer and wine will also be available.

In addition, on March 21 and 22, there will be a series of community workshops and presentations, as well as a community forum facilitated by county commissioner Barbara Briggs.

Experts in the community will share with residents their views on how well our community is doing on a number of "well being" dimensions, including: our economy, agriculture, public schools, relationships with one another, aging population, healthcare, and our community at large.

Opportunities for community dialog and involvement are built into all of the events planned.

All events are free and open to the public. People are welcome to come to all or part of the events. No registration is required.

Participating artists include Phillip Charette, Susan Crowley, Jim Diem, Adele Hammond, Susan Hess, Sorcha Meek, Andrew Pate, Leila Prestia, Rose Szapszewicz, Mary Schlick, Barb Schuppe, Luke Sloan, Sarah Starr, Linda Steider, Shelley Toon Hight, Eric Voigt, Penny Wallace.

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