Healing Arts Blog

Submitted by Healing Artist on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 1:38pm
    AIR is the acronym for Artist in Residence, a position I recently resumed with Carilion Hospital’s Healing Arts Program.   Air is also an essential element which we breathe and so live.   What does an Artist in Residence have in common with air? John Updike tells us, “What art offers is space...
Submitted by Healing Artist on Friday, November 7, 2014 - 2:36pm
Jane Lillian Vance August 23, 2014   Reflection   Today I enjoyed my second day back at the easel, after my service in Zambia, working as Artist-in-Residence at Roanoke Memorial Hospital. I received hugs, crazy job offers (no, I really can't, but it would be fun to move to Spain and paint murals...
Submitted by Healing Artist on Friday, November 7, 2014 - 2:33pm
Cara Ellen Modisett August 11, 2014   The Journeys We Take   Describe a journey you've taken.   That's the question I've been asking in the main lobby the last couple weeks – it's a question that can be answered in so many different ways, and it's prompted the most conversations from passersby of...
Submitted by Healing Artist on Friday, November 7, 2014 - 2:23pm
8/20/14 A smattering of patient responses to the Bach suites today:   Prelude in G “Sounds like a tug-of-war of emotions, constantly changing.” “Makes me think about what should happen versus what actually does.” “Reminds me of a stable person who starts to unravel.” “Brings to my mind an image of...
Submitted by Healing Artist on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 1:11pm
Every few weeks of my residency, I've proposed a new question to staff, patients and visitors. We've placed boxes in a couple of the waiting rooms and communicated the questions through Carilion email as well. I'll share some of those responses, beginning with the first question:What is the most...
Submitted by Healing Artist on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 4:21pm
Jane Lillian VanceA Friday as Artist-in-Residence,Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital  "WHAT are you doing?" I turned to see a woman smiling at the pencil work in progress for the Summer painting in The Pirouette of Seasons.  "Well, the action in this composition begins when this mother touches her...
Submitted by Healing Artist on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 4:17pm
7/11/14 This morning at the rehabilitation center I played on several floors. There was much discussion surrounding the storytelling aspect of the Bach suites. Many explained how the music brought them back to a better time in their life. Others described images that were brought to mind, such as...
Submitted by Healing Artist on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 4:10pm
Listening, Learning, Connecting I've worked for many years as a reporter for magazines and radio, and sometimes my favorite part of that work has been not the writing but the interviewing. I tell students and young writers: a good interview is a conversation. It's not about the Q&A - it's about...
Submitted by Healing Artist on Monday, June 23, 2014 - 2:26pm
The Privilege of Being Loved   "I'm a first-grade teacher," one hospital guest walked up to my Spring painting in progress and effused, as if she were a palomino who had just whinnied down a pasture full of pegasus colts and fillies, "And my classroom is the whole world!"    "How do you mean?" I...
Submitted by Healing Artist on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 2:32pm
Among the many guests with whom I had moving conversations this past weekend was a handsome young man who came up to me and pointed out an extensive scar. "I know it will sound crazy at first," he said, "but I wanted you to see that I survived this injury and got 77 stitches. I had been touch-and-...