Reception honors cancer patients as artists

On Dec. 17 at the Duane Reed Gallery in Clayton, the Arts as Healing Program is hosting a public showing of art created by cancer patients. This reception, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., will celebrate these patients as artists and honor “their journey of hope.”

The Arts As Healing Program offers free studio art classes for patients and their loved ones at the Siteman Cancer Center at Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. These classes enable patients to express themselves and use art as a tool in healing.

Arts As Healing is facilitated by Medical Photography, Illustration and Computer Graphics at the School of Medicine.

The event is free and open to the public.

Editor’s note: The Duane Reed Gallery is at 7513 Forsyth Blvd. Reporters interested in covering the event should call Diane Duke Williams at (314) 750-2318.

Washington University School of Medicine’s 2,100 employed and volunteer faculty physicians also are the medical staff of Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals. The School of Medicine is one of the leading medical research, teaching and patient care institutions in the nation, currently ranked third in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Through its affiliations with Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals, the School of Medicine is linked to BJC HealthCare.