||Masks and Hands
This year I have been engaged in
an amazing Project. 50+ plaster gauze masks were made on the faces
of children with cancer and on Chemo Pals, their trained adult volunteers.
These life sized masks were then decorated with polymer clay.
There is an exhibition in Portland Oregon Saturday September 21st, 2002.
I first started using Sculpey back
in 1993 to make beads. Since I worked at the hospital with very sick kids,
I started teaching them to make beads, which they love. I wrote a grant
to bring art to the Children's Cancer Association. This Project grew more
ambitious than I could handle, and I went on the net for help.
Thanks to Leigh
Ross, Donna Kato, Sarajane
Helm, Kris Richards, the
Factory of Escondido, and many many others, for their donations of
product, canes, advice, technical support, and hand holding !!
and Hands” Art Show by Children and Chemo Pals of the Children's
Cancer Association (CCA)
Project Artist: Raina Imig
With a grant from RACC Regional
Arts and Culture Council
During CCA Annual Celebration of
Saturday September 21st, 2002
||PROJECT ARTIST RAINA IMIG: A
member of Talisman Gallery, http://www.talismangallery.com, the artist
received funding for this Project thanks to a grant from RACC. In addition
many volunteer hours were contributed by the artist.
Children undergoing chemotherapy have
created polymer clay Life Masks based on plaster models of their own faces,
with the help of their adult volunteers, the Chemo Pals. Pals are specially
trained by the Children’s Cancer Association, to be the children’s companions
during treatment for cancer. The Chemo Pals also created masks based on
their own faces. Some children made and decorated clay outlines of their
hands. After the Masks and Hands were made the Project Artist also completed
the finishing and baking. Over 30 Masks and Hands will be exhibited in
pairs as part of the CCA’s Celebration of Courage.
Regional Arts and Culture Council
Through vision, leadership and service,
RACC works to integrate art and culture into all aspects of community life.
After this Exhibition, the Masks will become a touring exhibit for the
Children’s Cancer Association.
CANCER ASSOCIATION (CCA): was co-founded by Director Regina Ellis
in memory of her daughter Alexandra. CCA is dedicated to supporting the
lives of children and their families while they experience life threatening
illness, with art, music, information and compassion.
To volunteer for their Chemo Pals Program,
||This Exhibition is the result of a year
long art project designed and taught by Portland artist Raina Imig to honor
the courage of children with cancer and to bring the joy of creativity
into their lives at this difficult time. Imig is a watercolorist who also
teaches Mandala, Drawing and Painting through Portland Community College.
Originally from India, she has lived in Portland for 19 years, the last
8 in the Alberta Street arts area. She collected donations of products,
time, talent, space and expertise from over 50 artists, businesses and