Handwriting on the Wall

Members of the HealthAlliance Oncology Support Program and others affected by cancer will share their experiences with cancer through art, memoir and poetry at ASK throughout the month of May. “Handwriting on the Wall” features artwork, writing and readings curated by Lucy Barbera, Ph.D., LCAT, of The Creative Art Therapy Studio in Kingston.

The “Handwriting on the Wall” exhibit features work from contemporary artists, including Jenny Lee Fowler, Susan Togut, Kathleen Caroll Walsh, Juliet Harrison, Charise Isis, Susan York, Karen Shogren, Dara Young, Josephine Bloodgood, Ujiala Schwartz, Elise Lark, Phyllis Silvers, Ann Hutton, Janet DeStacio, Francine Glasser and Enid Kaplan. Some of the work will be exhibited posthumously.

Writers who attend weekly memoir writing groups facilitated by Abigail Thomas and Ann Hutton will be featured at the 1st Saturday opening on May 5, including Lucy Barbera, Elise Lark, Susan Togut, Kathleen Caroll Walsh, Erica Chase Salerno, Susan York, Susan Quillin, Melissa Eppard and Francine Glasser.

Four readings (including several other writers) will be held and light refreshments will be served at ASK from 6 – 8 p.m.  on the following dates:
Saturday, May 5
Saturday, May 12
Friday, May 18
Saturday, May 26

The Oncology Support Program is dedicated to supporting people living with cancer, and it offers innovative programming (including creative arts groups), education and comprehensive psycho-social support. For the past several years, those affected by cancer have supported each other in two memoir writing workshops. The Thursday group is facilitated by Abigail Thomas (author of A Three Dog Life, Safekeeping, Thinking About Memoir, What Comes Next and How to Like It: A Memoir, and other books) and meets from 3 – 5:30 p.m. The Friday group is facilitated by Ann Hutton (writer for Ulster Publishing, Chronogram and other local publications) and meets from 2 – 4 p.m. Both groups meet at Reuner Cancer Support House, 80 Mary’s Avenue, Kingston. One of Thomas’ oncology support program writing groups published a book, Holding On, Letting Go, a few years ago.

For more information or to join a workshop, please call (845) 339-2071 ext. 100 or send an email to oncology.support@hahv.org.


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