‘The Art of Healing’ Lecture Series Continues Thursday at Stifel Center

Photo Provided Cynthia Fraula-Hahn and other artists represented in “The Bodice Project” will discuss their uplifting and sensitive sculptural exhibit that focuses on breast cancer, inner healing and awareness April 11 as part of Oglebay Institute’s “The Art of Healing” lecture series at the Stifel Fine Arts Center.

WHEELING — Oglebay Institute’s “The Art of Healing” Lecture Series continues at 6pm Thursday, April 11 at the Stifel Fine Arts Center.

Guests will get an in-depth look at “The Bodice Project” from the artists who created this uplifting and sensitive sculptural exhibit that focuses on breast cancer, inner healing and awareness. Breast cancer survivors will join the artists for a panel discussion about emotional healing and life after treatment.

Guests will also have an opportunity to explore “The Art of Healing” exhibit on display.

The program is free and open to the public.

To support a friend going through breast cancer treatment and recovery, artist Cynthia Fraula-Hahn created a personal torso sculpture for her. She used a wrapping process with plaster embedded gauze to create a body caste of the torso, which was then painted and embellished to celebrate the individual, her strengths and beauty.

Soon, half a dozen other artists in the community joined in. The result was an amazing collection of sculptures. The collection, titled The Bodice Project, is a traveling not-for-profit sculptural exhibition that promotes emotional healing through the arts for individuals facing the challenge of breast cancer and life after treatment.

Torso sculptures in The Bodice Project reflected a breadth of style but all focus on the strength and beauty of women and men who have had breast cancer. These uplifting and sensitive works evoke a range of emotion, from empathy to solace, forging bonds between artists, breast cancer survivors, patients and the public.

The Bodice Project is currently featured in “The Art of Healing” exhibit on display at Oglebay Institute’s Stifel Fine Arts Center through April 19. The exhibit includes drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and written word from artists from throughout the United States and explores various ways art can be used in the healing process.

The accompanying lecture series provides resources and social support for those affected by cancer. Special guests include artists featured in “The Art of Healing” exhibit, oncology experts, social workers, art therapists and cancer patients and their families.

“The Art of Healing” is sponsored by The Health Plan, WVU Medicine and United Bank with additional support provided by the Home Support Foundation.

For more information on “The Art of Healing” exhibit and lecture series, please call 304-242-7700 or visit www.OIonline.com.

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