April 4th, 2011

An art show and self-guided reflective experience at Great River Health Systems will be open to the public the week before Easter. Stations of the Cross: A Meditative and Reflective Journey was developed by the health systems’ 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 the Stations of the Cross are not   part of all faith traditions, however, 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, April 18, in the Mercy Plaza Lobby, 1225 S. Gear Ave., West Burlington. The 12 featured artists are:

  • Josiah Bremer
  • John Corso
  • Donna Darey
  • Guillermo “Memo” Dominguez
  • Renay Dominguez
  • Kathy Henderson
  • Nicole Kamrath
  • Sheri Lozano-Dobbs
  • Julian Menke
  • Kent Strabala
  • George Vedder
  • Brooke Yuskanich

From Tuesday, April 19, through Monday, April 25, the art will be in different locations throughout the Great River Health Systems 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. We received wonderful responses last year. More than 500 hundred people journeyed through the Stations of the Cross. We are pleased to offer this opportunity again to build bridges between the arts community and our healing community.”