Photo Credit: Jennie Anne Benigas



July/August 2017

“No two persons looking at the same painting, sculpture, or drawing are having the same experience…Neither you nor I may be judging the quality of the work in any commercial sense; we are bringing our own experience to bear, and that is not only inevitable but part of the process of experiencing art.”


Michael Findlay, The Value of Art, quoted in “How to Buy, Sell, Enjoy & Have an ‘Aha’ Moment,” ARTnews by Milton Esterow, 2012.

Seidman Cancer Center and Art

Dear Reader,

There’s nothing routine about a stem cell transplant. When my brother-in-law David experienced complications, John and I began traveling to the Seidman Cancer Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Since the focus of this blog is the arts, why has this become a subject for writing? For one thing, writers never experience anything without recognizing the possibilities it presents.

The first time we walked across the street from the hotel into the hospital, I screeched to a halt in front of Joan Miró’s 1969 etching La Calebasse (The Gourd). At first, I thought it was a reproduction (not that there’s anything wrong with that). I noticed an art museum style wall label next to it, which is not usually done with reproductions. The piece that captured my attention was an original etching with aquatint and carborundum – what that means to most of us is a richly-colored, gorgeous piece of art. If this was in the corridor leading to the lobby, I wondered, what other treasures awaited?

The answer was: quite a few. There were watercolors, acrylics, photographic prints, collages, as well as free-standing and wall sculptures everywhere. In fact, the Seidman Cancer Center’s website has a page devoted to its art collection and their mission statement is clear:

For everyone who spends time at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center – patients, visitors, caregivers and employees – the 325-piece art collection is designed to uplift, comfort and calm; to provoke thought and curiosity; to encourage reflection; to delight in the moment and to provide confidence and hope.

A message from this visitor: Mission accomplished!