A Virtual Art Exhibit for the Cancer Community Center

Mixed media of fruit by shelbee mares

"Fruit" by Shelbee Mares

I like this.

photograph of dancer 0143 by Arthur Fink

"Dancer - 0143" by Arthur Fink

And this.

NH Farm by artist Corrine Bongiovanni

"NH Farm Vignette" by Corrine Bongiovanni

And this!

This is just a small sample of the outstanding work I got to enjoy in person at the Cancer Community Center’s Art Preview Party last night.

oil painting by artist judy kane

"Summer Morning in Audubon" by Judy Kane

The Center has hosted an online auction for the past nine years, but it was the first time it also hosted an art preview. Hundreds of items are being auctioned — not just art. Perhaps you’d like a private cooking class for two at the White Barn Inn? How about a week on Cape Cod or a South Africa Photo Safari for Two? Red Sox tickets? You can view all the items at BiddingForGood.com/CCC.

calm water oil painting by artist Anne Ireland

"Calm Water, Montsweag" by Anne Ireland

I found several items I’d like to bid on, but as you can see, I’m partial to the art. The Cancer Community Center hopes to raise $75,000 from the online auction, which will help it continue to provide a long list of free programs and support services for people with cancer and their loved ones. I recently had the honor of interviewing Jani Darak-Druck and Amy Anderson, who both work for and are very committed to the Center. Watch this video produced for Maine Health Connections and you’ll understand why.

For the auction, many of the artists contributed a painting or photograph in honor of someone with cancer. Nick Patten donated a beautiful painting in memory of his brother Mark, who died last April. He found out about the auction from Corrine Bongiovanni, a fellow artist from Maine who coordinated the Art Preview and asked if he’d be willing to contribute something to the auction. “She contacted me out of the blue within two or three months of my brother’s passing,” he told me. “It was a strange coincidence. I have a friend in the art community here in Portland, Peg Golden. She owns Greenhut Galleries, so I contacted her and asked if she knew about the Cancer Community Center. She wrote back and told me it’s a fantastic organization and they do great work.”

So, Nick not only donated a painting, he also traveled all the way from his home in Hudson Valley, New York to attend the Art Preview.

painting by artist nick patten

"The Conservatory, Troy" by Nick Patten

I hope you’ve enjoyed your tour of Catching Health’s Virtual Art Exhibit for the Cancer Community Center. I certainly had a wonderful time presenting it! And make sure to check out all the items up for bid in the Cancer Community Center’s 9th annual online auction.