Mary T. Caravette Shortridge's "Force of Nature" in the "A Visualization of Hope" exhibit at the Figge Art Museum -- September 6 through December 9.

Thursday, September 6, through Sunday, December 9

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 6, 5:30 p.m.

Figge Art Museum, 225 West Second Street, Davenport IA

Presented by the area nonprofit Living Proof Exhibit, an organization that celebrates the creative spirit of those impacted by cancer, the exhibition A Visualization of Hope will bring messages of strength and resilience to Davenport's Figge Art Museum September 6 through 9, with Living Proof's annual assemblage boasting more than 50 pieces of art created by cancer survivors in the tri-state area.

With Figge patrons invited to view oils, acrylics, watercolors, photography, sculpture, mixed-media, jewelry, stainless steel, and more, Living Proof Exhibit's Executive Director Pamela Crouch says, “This year's exhibition includes a wider variety of mediums than ever before. Our incredibly talented artists show that there are no boundaries when it comes to expressing the feelings experienced during the cancer journey.”

More than two dozen artists affected by cancer will have works showcased in Living Proof Exhibit's ninth-annual exhibition, among them: Maria Andich of Rock Island (jewelry); Karen Austin of Camanche (photography); Maureen Bardusk of Galena (fiber); Carrol Brandt of Bettendorf (mosaics, glass on stone); Kent Broadbent of Annawan (cold wax and oil); Gail Chavenelle of Dubuque (stainless steel); Pamela Crouch of Moline (assemblage, photography); Mary Ellen Cunningham of Rock Island (photography); Bob Esbensen of Hanover (photography); Connie Gross of Marion (acrylic on glass); Meg Guttman of Chicago (collage); Sharon Harmon of Bettendorf (acrylic painted gourd); Hazel Harris of Rock Island (mixed media); Mary Jo Hinds of Fort Dodge (oil on canvas); Kay Irelan of Iowa City (acrylic paint on canvas); Gina Kirschbaum of Bettendorf (acrylic, mixed media, clay); and Sue Lemmon of Cedar Rapids (mixed media, watercolor, stained papers).

Also featured in the A Visualization of Hope exhibit: Julie Mariet-Hast of Andalusia (acrylic paint and ink); Tara Moorman of Cedar Rapids (mixed media, watercolor, stained papers); Gerald Podraza of Apple River (photography); LaNae Ramos of Eldridge (crochet, colored pencil); Terri Reinartz of Davenport (jigsaw puzzle); Mary T. Caravette Shortridge of Huntley (oil, acrylic, clay); Linda Sykes of Moline (watercolor monotype); Barbara Untiedt of Pleasant Valley (mixed media); Laura Goldman Weinberg of Fairfield (acrylic); and Barbara Youngquist of Rock Island (weaving, acrylic on watercolor paper).

Living Proof Exhibit will also present two future Figge programs associated with the exhibition, both of them free and open to anyone whose life has been impacted by cancer. Ryan Collins, executive director of the Midwest Writing Center, will lead a September 13 writing session from 6 to 8 p.m. in which participants will use the Visualization of Hope artwork as inspiration. And on October 25, art therapist Dana Keaton will lead a session of meditation and creative painting from 6 to 8 p.m.

An opening reception for A Visualization of Hope will take place on September 6 at 5:30 p.m., and regular museum hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (open until 9 p.m. on Thursdays) and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. For more information on the Living Proof exhibition and its related programming, visit; for more on additional Figge exhibits, programs, and events, call (563)326-7804 or visit

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