THE CELEBRATION OF HEALING PAINTINGS
Twenty-one paintings of lives impacted by breast cancer by Sal Brownfield. Go to http://www.salbrownfield.com and click on Celebration of Healing to view the paintings and history.
Woman with Chocolate Lab
THE CELEBRATION OF HEALING BOOK
A Celebration of Healing by artist Sal Brownfield with writer Eve Hoffman is an art book, a book of stories bringing encouragement and confidence to those impacted by breast cancer and other serious illness. It is neither a cancer “how to” guide nor a Hallmark card – rather a book giving permission to laugh, to cry, rage and to know one is not alone. The twenty-one paintings and narratives build bridges between the physical and emotional needs of patients, families, friends and the medical community. They become a part of the healing. A Celebration of Healing includes a wide range of breast cancer experiences and demographics. Reader after reader, including those with different kinds of cancer, have commented, “I wish I’d had this book when diagnosed. These are my stories, my stories!” Others have suggested “A stack of them should be in every doctor’s waiting room.”
The power of art in healing, the strength in community. A few moments —
- Members of a breast cancer support group taking photos of each other beside their favorite painting.
- A woman bringing a friend to the exhibition who had shut down about her diagnosis and opened up when surrounded by the paintings and stories.
- Pre-K teachers, who with their children, unexpectedly walked past the paintings on the way to a children’s areas and quietly explain that these were people who had been sick and are now much better. No apologies or embarrassment about nudity.