Cancer Collaborative Opens for Artwalk

CMH-OHSU Knight Cancer Collaborative artists speak about their healing intentions

Healing art in healthcare

Astoria potter Richard Rowland speaks with Oregon Senator Betsy Johnson about the 2-ton tile mosaic he created for the new CMH-OHSU Knight Cancer Collaborative.

ASTORIA, Ore. – The CMH-OHSU Knight Cancer Collaborative will open its doors for the next 2nd Saturday Art Walk to feature its diverse collection of Northwest art.

Potter Richard Rowland of the Astoria Dragon Kiln will kick-off the Artwalk at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11, with a talk, “Art: A community connection for healing.” He will speak about the creation of the beautiful 2-ton tile mosaic he created for the building.

“I like the way the caregivers are working next to the art and get to interact with its life as the patients will view it also. It’s wonderful to see a supportive, very active healing environment where collaborative art, science and humanity develop a diverse, healthy symbiotic relationship,” Rowland said. “Part of inspiring art makers is finding a meaningful place to put it—making it relevant to many.”

Rowland’s talk will be followed by a tour of the collection from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The collection features artwork by more than 17 Northwest artists. Most of the pieces were created specifically for this project, to enhance the healing process for local cancer patients. Several artists will be attending the event on Nov. 11.

This event is free and open to the community.