The national juried exhibition, "COMPASSION: The Art of Healing" will have its opening reception Tuesday, Oct. 22, at The Coburn Gallery at Ashland University.
The theme of the exhibition, which will be on display at the gallery from Oct. 11 through Nov. 13, focuses on the humanitarian nature of the healing process as seen through the arts. Health care professionals and caregivers have played an integral part in the healing process throughout history and this exhibition hopes to highlight these contributions, as well as the process of patient restoration and wellness.
The opening reception will be held from 4:30-7 p.m. and will coincide with the Ashland University College of Nursing and Health Sciences, in cooperation with the Rho Nu-at-Large, Fall Scholarly Meeting in the Hugo Young Theatre.
The exhibition features 30 works and was juried by Mary Urbas, gallery coordinator and exhibition curator for The Gallery at Lakeland Community College in Kirtland. Urbas, who received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art, has 40 years of experience in the professional art world as a gallery owner, curator, teacher, consultant and exhibiting fiber artist.
Regional artists selected for inclusion are Doug Becht, Nancy Booth, M.P. Marion, Barbara Morejon and Susan D. Shafer, all of Ashland; Jennifer Lee, Bay Village; Susan Allen, Bratenahl; Joyce Morrow Jones, Tricia Kaman, Martha Lois, Mandem, and Charles Mintz, all of Cleveland; Jan O’Dea and Paul D. Wilbur, both of Columbus; E. Ellen Albrecht, Cortland; Alex Paat, Galloway; Heidi L. Weller, Jeromesville; Arthur Novotny, Lyndhurst; Jill White, Mansfield; Clare Murray Adams, Southington; Kerry Kirkpatrick, Toledo; and Holly and Christopher Gage, Bowmansville, Pennsylvania.
Artists' awards will be announced at 6 p.m.
At 7 p.m., Jeanne Bryner, RN, BA, CEN (rtd) will offer a presentation on her book, "Learning to Heal: Reflections on Nursing School in Poetry and Prose", winner of the 2019 Tillie Olsen Award for Creative Writing from the Working Class Studies Association.
Bryner, who was born in Appalachia and grew up in Newton Falls, has nine books in print and has seen her work adapted for the stage in several national venues and the 2004 Fringe Festival of Edinburgh, Scotland. Her books will be available for purchase and signing, while her quilts also will be on display that evening.
Admission is free and open to the public.
The Coburn Gallery, located at 331 College Ave., is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.