March 12th, 2010

An art show and self-guided reflective experience at Great River Medical Center will be open to the public the week before Easter. Stations of the Cross: A Meditative and Reflective Journey was developed by the medical center's Spiritual Care Department.

"Historically, the object of the Stations of the Cross is to help the faithful make a spiritual pilgrimage of prayer through meditating on the chief scenes of Christ's sufferings and death," said Randy Gearhart, director, Spiritual Care. "We recognize this is part of the Christian faith tradition. But we think the art and spirituality of the meditations will touch people of all faith traditions."

An artists' reception is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 29, in the Mercy Plaza Lobby, 1225 S. Gear Ave., West Burlington. The ten featured artists are:

  • Shirley Bliven
  • Donna Darey
  • Renay Lozano-Dominguez
  • Guy Francis
  • David Garrison
  • Kathy Henderson
  • Cecile Houël
  • Sheri Lozano-Dobbs
  • Victoria Pedersen
  • Autumn Rosario

From Tuesday, March 30, through Monday, April 5, the art will be in different locations throughout the Great River Medical Center campus, 1221 S. Gear Ave., West Burlington. The journey will begin in the hospital lobby, where meditation booklets and maps will be available.

"Many studies demonstrate the positive effect of art on the spirit and emotions," said Bettyanna Bremer, chaplain and art show coordinator. "Stations of the Cross: A Meditative and Reflective Journey was born from our desire to help people grow deeper in their faith, and experience spiritual and emotional healing. It is our hope that this will be the first of many opportunities to build bridges between the arts community and our healing community."