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Dear Artists: 

If you have a problem submitting your entry by the deadline (today), please call the Living Proof Exhibit number, 309-781-6227, or email us via our "Contact Us" page. Thank you. 

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Please join our Executive Director, Pamela, at Kaplan University's "Gallery of Giving".

See the details in the invite, below...

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Living Proof Exhibit’s Full Circle Project

 All cancer survivors have an article of clothing they wore during the darkest part of their cancer  journey. For some, it’s the cap they wore to bed during chemotherapy and emptied of hair every morning. For others, it’s the extra-large sweatshirt they wore to accommodate the drains they had after surgery. Whatever it is, most survivors keep that garment, because no matter how long it’s been since you finished treatment, there is always a part of you that thinks, “This piece of clothing served me well. I should hold on to it…in case the cancer comes back.”

 

Living Proof Exhibit’s Full Circle Project offers survivors a cathartic and therapeutic opportunity to replace those dark memories with ones of beauty.

 

Survivors will take these articles of clothing and cut them up to process into handmade paper. In groups of 12, survivors will be encouraged to share the stories of their cancer journey  while learning the art of papermaking. The paper will be composed of all of the survivors’ clothing combined into one material, reinforcing the concept that together there is strength. Once blended, the paper will be personalized in the second step of the process when survivors add ribbon, sparkles, leaves, flowers, or other meaningful items. A professional bookmaker will lead the survivors in binding these beautiful pages into individual books.

 

Following the creation of these books, survivors will be taught the art of journaling. Capturing thoughts and setting them down on paper has long been a staple of many therapy classes.

 

The journey from darkness to light will enable cancer survivors to decrease their fear of recurrence by helping them to move forward – giving them strength to take the next steps in survivorship.

 

Registration Information:

 

The program is open to all cancer survivors in the Quad City region. Space is limited, so registration is required. There are no fees for the classes. All classes will be held at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa.

 

Papermaking Session I – Thursday, April 10 AND Thursday, April 17, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
(limit 12 participants).

or

Papermaking Session II – Saturday, April 12 AND Saturday, April 19, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (limit 12 participants). You may bring a sack lunch.

 

Bookmaking – Saturday, May 3, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants from both Papermaking sessions will attend. You may bring a sack lunch.

 

Journaling – Saturday, May 24, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants from both Papermaking sessions will attend. You may bring a sack lunch. 

 

If you are interested in attending, please use our Contact Us page to send us an email, or call Living Proof Exhibit at 309.781.6227. Please be sure to indicate if you will attend Papermaking Session I or Session II. All participants will attend the same bookmaking and journaling classes.
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Living Proof Exhibit is pleased to announce that the 2014 Call for Entries and the 2014 Application form are both available for download. Please visit our website's CFE and Application page: CFE & Application. Please note: since our Exhibit will be opening in August, deadline for entry is earlier this year. 
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Living Proof Exhibit was pleased and privileged to accept a generous donation from Meyer Landscape & Design. Pictured are Kurt Meyer, Pamela, and Mary Ellen, Co-Founders of Living Proof Exhibit. As part of Meyer Landscape & Design's Fall Festival, a portion of the proceeds was designated to benefit Living Proof Exhibit, an Illinois non-profit organization. Living Proof Exhibit's two-fold mission is to "celebrate the creative spirit" of cancer patients and survivors, and to provide creative evenings for patients and survivors, free of charge. Living Proof Exhibit is extremely grateful to everyone at Meyer Landscape & Design, and their customers, for making this generous gift possible. 
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Please note: The Creative Evening at Gilda's Club in Davenport, scheduled for Tuesday evening, October 22, will be presented on Monday, October 21, 1:00 to 3:00 PM, still at Gilda's Club. Thank you. 
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Meyer Landscape & Design Holds Cancer Fundraiser During Annual Fall Festival


Meyer Landscape & Design will hold it's Annual Fall Festival Saturday, September 28th to October 5th. A variety of plants and garden art will be on sale at the Moline and Taylor Ridge Garden Centers. On Saturday, September 28th the Moline Garden Center will present A Walk In The Garden...Drawing Strength From Nature featuring an exhibit and demonstrations by several artists from the renee grae gallery. A portion of the proceeds from the exhibit and Meyer plant sales will benefit Living Proof Exhibit, an Illinois non-profit organization that provides art therapy to cancer patients.
"We all have been touched by cancer. The Living Proof Exhibit is a wonderful outlet for those that have been affected by cancer. Many of our endeavors are based on a foundation of family values and community service, which is why we are pleased to donate a percentage of our cash and carry purchases from our Fall Festival." - Kurt Meyer

The Meyer Fall Festival will be an excellent opportunity for you to select from a variety of in stock plants and garden art as well as exploring the full range of landscape design Meyer offers. As an added feature this year, several artists from the Renee Grae Gallery will be exhibiting original works of art that can be purchased. You will also have the chance to meet the various artists and discuss their art and how the garden inspires and defines their creations.

 

A representative from Living Proof Exhibit will be at the Moline Garden Center, Saturday, September 28th to provide information about art therapy currently occurring at Gilda's Club in Davenport, Iowa.

Meyer Landscape & Design is a family run business growing with the Quad Cities since 1950. They are a full service landscape and design firm with Garden Centers in Moline and Taylor Ridge.

For additional information, please call Kevin DeVriese at 309-762-6226. Or visit Meyer Landscape & Design Web site at: www.meyerlandscape.com. Additional information can also be obtained at: www.reneegraegallery.com and livingproofexhibit.org/