Celebration of life-saving creativity
South Thomaston — Keag River Gallery will present “Transformations: My Cancer Cells, My Art, Creating a New Perspective and Life,” an exhibition of works by Aura Ever. The public is invited to an opening reception Sunday, Oct. 20, from 1 to 5 p.m. The exhibition will run through Nov. 30.
Ever lives her life as a creative adventurer. An eclectic artist, photographer, designer, singer, songwriter, intuitive, Reiki and quantum energetic healing practitioner, she recently ventured into a path that required a complete transformation and all of her creative energy to save her own life.
Sept. 22, 2010 was the day Ever’s path changed forever. Diagnosed with Triple Positive Stage 2c/3a Invasive/Infiltrating Ductal Carcinoma Breast Cancer, she chose to have a double mastectomy, surgery that was followed by a year of weekly doses of biological chemotherapy. The healing process involved embracing pain, weakness and sudden vulnerability. Ever learned to hone vulnerability into strength, and the transformation brought clarity, awareness, and freedom with a renewed sense of self-love and personal power.
Ever was curious about what her cancer looked like; she wanted to view her cancer cells in the context of her own body. When she saw the broken pieces of herself under the microscope, she was immediately filled with a sense of compassion for the cells that she had created but had somehow lost their way. The idea of fighting the disease meant she would just be fighting herself. Instead, she purposed to guide the cancer out of her body to restore balance. She chose to send love to her cancer cells … then, she made art from them.
“Transformations: My Cancer Cells, My Art, Creating a New Perspective and Life” features a dozen images, each representing a moment of inspiration on the journey to wellness. Each image is mounted on a 10-by-12 inch ARTiPLAQ and also is available in 5-by-7 greeting cards. Ever includes an affirmation with each image that reflects her place on the healing path of transformation.
“Circles of cause and affect surround us all. The energy of light and love creates our thoughts and intent. We’re responsible for what we share, consciously or not. We affect even what we don’t see. This chain reaction is the matrix of life. You share life through love and make a positive difference heart to heart,” said Ever.
A portion of proceeds from exhibition sales will be donated to the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition, a nonprofit, grassroots, volunteer-based partnership of breast cancer survivors, health care professionals, representatives from cancer-related organizations and supporters all sharing a common vision to make a positive difference in the health of Maine people through financial support, advocacy for breast cancer research and education. For more information, visit mainebreastcancer.org.
Keag River Gallery is located at 25 Dublin Road and features the works of several photographers. Gallery hours are weekdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Keag River Gallery also offers custom digital photo editing, photo printing on paper, canvas and ARTiPLAQ photography mounting services. For more information, call 358-8687; email firstname.lastname@example.org; or visit keagrivergallery.com.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or email@example.com.