LEWISTON – Paintings created by members of an expressive arts program for people affected by cancer are on display at Bates College through Thursday, Dec. 11.

The exhibit in Chase Hall Gallery, 56 Campus Ave., is open to the public at no cost.

Watercolors on display were created by adults participating in “Paint Your Heart Out,” a project at Central Maine Medical Center’s Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing. The six-week arts program was funded by a grant from the Harward Center at Bates.

The project was designed to stimulate the creative process, using art as a means of self-expression, which may help in healing. Cindy Visbaras, a health educator at Bates, worked closely with teaching artist Elaine Tselikis, who designed the original program in 1991, and Kerry Irish, program director at the Dempsey Center.

“The language of art can be transformational when used to promote self-expression, discover inner wisdom, and validate authenticity and diversity in one’s personal experiences,” said Visbaras.

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