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Cancer center opens for Art Walk

Potter Richard Rowland gives talk, ‘Art: A community connection for healing’

Published on November 6, 2017 10:00AM

Astoria potter Richard Rowland, left foreground, speaks with state Sen. Betsy Johnson, right, about the 2-ton tile mosaic he created for the CMH-OHSU Knight Cancer Collaborative.

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Astoria potter Richard Rowland, left foreground, speaks with state Sen. Betsy Johnson, right, about the 2-ton tile mosaic he created for the CMH-OHSU Knight Cancer Collaborative.


ASTORIA — The CMH-OHSU Knight Cancer Collaborative (1905 Exchange St.) will open its doors for the next Second Saturday Art Walk (Nov. 11) to feature its diverse collection of Northwest art.

Potter Richard Rowland, of the Astoria Dragon Kiln, will kick-off the Art Walk 4 p.m. with a talk, “Art: A community connection for healing.” He will speak about the creation of the beautiful 2-ton tile mosaic he created for the building.

“I like the way the caregivers are working next to the art and get to interact with its life as the patients will view it also,” Rowland said. “It’s wonderful to see a supportive, very active healing environment where collaborative art, science and humanity develop a diverse, healthy symbiotic relationship.

“Part of inspiring art makers is finding a meaningful place to put it — making it relevant to many.”

Rowland’s talk will be followed by a tour of the collection 4:30 to 6 p.m. The collection features artwork by more than 17 Pacific Northwest artists. Most of the pieces were created specifically for this project to enhance the healing process for local cancer patients. Several artists will be attending the Nov. 11 event.

This event is free and open to the community.



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