Healing Spaces

I have finished placing the last piece of art in the Women’s Breast Center operated by Sutter Health in Santa Rosa. They purchased 23 pieces, 8 of them custom designed for their particular space.

Pride of Madeira & Trumpet Vine diptychs, 30x 30 and 30 x 50 inches

Pride of Madeira & Trumpet Vine diptychs, 30x 30 and 30 x 50 inches

Pride of Madeira, Prints on Aluminum

Pride of Madeira, Prints on Aluminum. 30 x 30 and 30 x 50 inches. Main waiting area.

Golden Wattle Triptych

Golden Wattle, Custom Design, 20 x 50, 20 x 36, 20 x 50 inches

Mammography Room

Monkey Hand Tree, 16 x 20, Mammography Room

The fact that this wing of the new North Bay Facility is the Breast Center is significant. My friend Nancy Bellen is a breast cancer survivor, and curator of the space. Nancy has been through the life altering process and knows intimately how having art in a room can support, ground, and visually anchor a woman’s journey. When the last piece was hung in the dexa room she took me on a tour of the facility from the perspective of a woman being diagnosed with breast cancer. Each room’s significance in the process was explained, what they did there, how long a woman was waiting in this room for news. I was shocked. It became real. I was amazed as she was by how art can hold a space. She knew. She approached this project with this in mind and that is why it is so successful.

I knew in designing the pieces for this space that the sweet potato heart leaves would be a centerpiece, my homage to the women coming here. One of the innovations of this project was mounting images on a curved wall. No one seemed to know if it could be done, and we did it.


Sweet Potato Hearts

Sweet Potato Heart Leaves

40 x 60 inch, print on aluminum,installed on a curved wall

The new Center houses art by breast cancer survivors, including 2 quilts, art by Jennifer Bec Hirschfield and a 2 pieces by Nancy Bellen.

By Nancy Bellen

Everything takes longer than you think it should or thought it would except for life.
By Nancy Bellen

Support, collage

Support, collage, by Nancy Bellen

Consult Room Art

Painting by Jennifer Bec Hirschfield.

I feel honored to have had the opportunity to make a contribution to this facility.


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6 Responses to “Healing Spaces”

  1. Joyce Wilson Says:

    Tara, this is so wonderful. Your art will bring comfort to many. A Joyce

  2. janenorling Says:

    Spectacular, Tara. The pieces are beautiful, the curved installation works beautifully. Perfect presentation and venue for your botanicals. Healing art.

  3. Virginia Stella Says:

    I will send your beautiful work to my sister who is now free of colon cancer and is healing her body and soul. Virginia

  4. Renee Rojas Says:

    Tara, this is beautiful! Your work is very healing. Thanks for sharing via the photos here.

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