“Healthy ‘Art’ Styles”

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Art comes in various forms, be it through sound, sight, smell, taste, auditory, or touch and no matter the medium, a simple truth is that art inevitably affects all humans.

CF wishes to promote artwork of all forms, and to show students not only their potential, but to get them to understand the artwork of others. One way of doing this is by hosting art shows and galleries that the students can attend to learn more about the various forms of art and what they mean not only in both the literal and figurative sense, and to possibly expand their own creative horizons.

The gallery “Healthy ‘Art’ Styles,” held in the CF Webber Gallery inside the Webber Center featured many paintings, photographs, and clay molds to invoke an emotional response from the recipient, in this case, the students and the guests who were looking at the art. This gallery in particular was designed for the health science and nursing students to see how the arts and the medical fields interrelate.

The gallery is also a way for the students to think seriously about what the art really means, and why it is portrayed the exact way that it is. The medical students at CF may realize that the arts and medical fields are different, but share similar qualities and impact each other in very specific ways.

“I was asked to put together ideas that had to do with health and/or medicine and art for the arts,” assistant professor of arts, and curator of the “Healthy ‘Art’ Styles” event, Tyrus Clutter said. “I didn’t want it to just be art that was by people that were sick or dying, but things that impacted people.”

With an open and welcoming atmosphere, the pieces of artists such as Kathy Hettinga, someone who has battled cancer and lived through art, and Holly Hanesian, a more psychological artist who deals with clay, were portrayed in the gallery as well as still photographs of the Axis Dance Troupe.

Clutter explained that sometimes students are so dead-set on a specific career choice that they sometimes do not see that they can still focus on what they are going to school for and still pull in things that they are interested in because everything is interconnected- like the arts and health sciences. Clutter also explained that some people have a “natural inclination” towards one thing, but looking at other similar things (the nursing students looking at the art gallery, for example) may lead the student to a different choice in what they want to do.

“Usually we have this one track of where we’re planning on going as students, ‘I’m going to get education that is going to be in this very specific field, and I will do this into the future.’ but what studies tell us is that you’ll probably change jobs four or five times,” Clutter said. “I think it is just important for us to be able to relate to those kinds of things and see that there’s much more in the possibilities of what we can do than just what we have our eyes spotlit on for the future.”

Gallery coordinator, Griselle Gonzalez-Vazquez explained that the gallery is part of the entire exhibit “Healthy ‘Art’ Styles,” and that it is crucial for people to be educated in the fact that every living being has feelings and emotions, as well as a need to be intertwined with one another.

“[The gallery is] a collaboration of different artists from around the nation, just showing their emotional affects towards health and health related issues and being connected, and trying to be more connected with one another.”

Clutter explained that Hettinga’s work is “specifically about her time when she had cancer,” which are demonstrated through her paintings of dead birds and her portraits of herself while in chemotherapy.

“Everybody goes through dark times- especially one of the artists, Kathy. With her experience with cancer, it was a very dark time for her… she expressed her feelings through art so everybody could see,” Gonzalez-Vasquez said.

Hanessian’s work, “Touch in Real Time,” was also featured in the art gallery, which had many components of the same work- a video, clay models of handshakes and wet clay for the students who attended the gallery to create a handshake as well.

Clutter explained that “Touch in Real Time” is more of a psychological piece of art, and that Hanessian has done the same piece for a few different places and in different ways- with the clay handshake being a constant element.

The gallery was the closing gallery of the “Healthy ‘Art’ Styles” exhibit, and was an educational show that did not feature CF student’s work, which made it sort of a non-traditional and enlightening experience for the attendees.

“[Art] is an exposure that is necessary; it gives students an outlet, and it is necessary for the community,” George Carvalho, a guest attendee of the gallery said.

By: Ambrozia Barth

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