Healing Arts Blog

Submitted by Healing Artist on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 9:23am
It was a beautiful fall day last October. Sunny, warm, and a perfect day for a relaxing bike ride.  As I loaded my bike into the car, I felt anything but relaxed. This bike ride was to try to forget the stress that I had been under the past week. It was following me around like a dark cloud. I...
Submitted by Healing Artist on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 9:15am
Jacob was propped up in bed, his I.V. attached to a drip line, his eyes glued to a movie. “Hi, Jacob,” I said, walking into his room. “I’m an artist, want to play with clay?” Jacob’s big smile was the only response I needed to know I had a willing and eager participant. I’m always amazed that when...
Submitted by Healing Artist on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 9:07am
It is Tuesday morning. I grab my clay and toolbox and head up to 13 South, long term labor and delivery. On this floor I work with women who are on bed rest, sometimes for two months at a stretch. The women are grateful for the opportunity to play with clay, to have a distraction from the worry of...
Submitted by Healing Artist on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 8:52am
Last Tuesday going to the rehabilitation floor at community hospital, one soulful patient said to me "You Make my Day", I responded back to her, "You make my day because you're trying to work with me.  Listening the music and following movements".  It is beautiful to see patients smiling and...
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...