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The Art of Dying

November 7, 2014 - December 5, 2014

Opening Reception: November 7, 5pm – 7pm

To commemorate 40 years of Hospice in the United States, the Chaffee Art Center is pleased to present The Art of Dying Exhibit, from November 7th to December 5th.  November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Awareness Month, the Chaffee Art Center is pleased to be collaborating with the Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice (RAVNAH), the Rutland Regional Medical Center, and the Rutland Regional Medical Center’s Palliative Care Program to highlight this important subject, which is universal to all.  We hope visitors will be moved by the artistic expressions on death and dying; and take away that Hospice is more about LIVING that dying.

The featured works are all accompanied by personal artist statements, reflecting this poignant theme.  Artists exhibiting include: Michelle Saffran, Raven Schwan Noble, Helene Ames, Donna Ellery, Denise Letendre Bach, Sarah Ashe, Pat Musick, B. Amore, Althea Bilodeau, Julie Fredette, Florin Strejac, Lowell Snowdon Klock, Peadra, Donald Ramey, Robert Hooker, Joanna Sokolowska, Mary Alcantara, and Briana Barker.

The Wake Up to Dying Project which gathers audio stories about death, dying, and life, in an effort to change the way we think and talk about dying will be an exhibit within the exhibit; installed in a second story room set up for people to sit, listen and share reactions.

Written reflections by the Chaffee Writer’s Group members, will be incorporated in the exhibit, and a community art project entitled Dots of Hope, which was completed by children at Chaffee Art Center’s Autumn Art in the Park Festival. The Dots of Hope are meant to symbolize how community support can be powerful and uplifting.

Opening Reception will be Friday, November 7th, 5 – 7pm and will feature the Hospice Trillium Singers and Sharon Godrick on piano.  Refreshments and light tapas will be served.

In addition to the Art of Dying exhibition the Chaffee Art Center – 16 South Main Street, Rutland will host the following events:

Hospice and Palliative Care Panel and Discussion – November 7, 2014, 5pm to 7pm

Start the Conversation Presentation & Workshop – November 13, 2014, Noon to 1:30pm

Death by Chocolate: A Death Cafe – November 16, 2014, 3pm to 5pm

Healing Grief through Creative Process – November 20, 2014, 6pm to 8pm

“The Bucket List” film will be screened at the Paramount Theatre on November 2, 2014 at 6:30pm

The Art of Dying exhibit and events are sponsored by Rutland Regional Medical Center, the Rutland Regional Medical Center’s Palliative Care Program, the Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice, and the Rutland Herald.

All events are free and open to the public.  Any voluntary donation given at the Chaffee Art Center will go to support the Chaffee’s programming.


November 7, 2014
December 5, 2014
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