ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – Nothing quite touches the heart, minds and soul of everyone, no matter the age or language barrier like art does. Art and artistic expression has a universal language. Carilion Clinic recognizes this and have adopted the healing arts that paint to canvas can make.
The Patient Art Show at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital in an annual show and started in 2016. It’s part of Carilion Foundation and it’s Dr. Robert L. A. Keeley Healing Arts Program and is partnered with the National Arts Program.
“The Healing Arts Program is an initiative of Carilion Foundation, so we are totally donor supported. The National Arts Program has been so generous in sponsoring the show including most of the awards that we offer.”Katie Biddle, PHD – Healing Arts Program – Program Director / Carilion Clinic
The subject of Karen’s painting is a “Laughing Donkey”, with it’s eyes closed ears dropped and mouth agape as if to give a very welcoming smile. Everyone walking by couldn’t help but grin as they saw this seemingly chuckling donkey.
“It’s a laughing donkey… it’s actually not really laughing it’s hee-hawing, and when they hee-haw that’s the face they make, but… I thought it would be a good painting to enter in the show. Because people coming through here probably need a laughing donkey.”Karen Pannabecker – Professional Artist/2019 Best in Show Winner of National Arts Program
Karen Pannabecker started her art career just three years ago, almost to the day she says. She was approached by a friend about the art show, so she decided to enter. At the time she had only been painting about a year. Now you can see her art on display at Artist In Cahoots in Lexington Va.
“I started painting three years ago, almost to the day. I had never picked up a brush before and wanted to paint something on a piece of furniture, I thought ‘I wish I could paint.’… so a friend helped me and after one lesson I got so excited about it. Now it’s a passion and I do it as much as I can, just about every day.”Karen Pannabecker – Professional Artist/2019 Best in Show Winner of National Arts Program