Caregiving through the Eyes of Huntingdon’s

An exhibition by Kathy Gibson

The Art of Wellness

An exhibition by artists from: Mount Aloysius, Peer Empowerment Network, Laurel View Village, Richland Woods Assisted Living, Art for Healing, and Emily Lasinsky

 

May 17 – June 16

 

Brunch Reception and Arts in Healing Panel Discussion

11 AM May 19

From expressive arts to art therapy – from the perspective of artists, clients and caregivers – this exhibit and panel discussion illuminate the healing path through art to benefit individuals and community. Mature content.

Admission to the Brunch & Discussion is FREE (donations accepted), but Reservations Are Recommended. Please RSVP Online: bottleworks.org or by Phone: 814.535.2020.

Kathy Gibson’s Story

My artistic journey as a painter began more than a decade ago as I sought to give voice to my journey.  My story echoes that of many others, the caregiver.  One by one, my father, brother and sister succumbed to the ravages of a disease called “Huntington’s Disease”.  As my sister’s sole caregiver, I cared for her from the moment she moved into our home with my husband and I in 1997, until her death in 2014.  I did everything possible to give voice to her story but when she was gone, my story was the one that was left, my legacy.

I have been channeling my story into the only voice I know – painting.  Since my sister’s death, I have been creating a visual dialogue of our journey together, tapping into those deep, intense moments when we stood together trying to battle this monster – Huntington’s Disease.  My series of paintings pays tribute to my family’s journey and to all of those who have suffered through Huntington’s Disease.

Mission Statement

Through an honest visual context, I share a journey of a caregiver of an affected loved one.  To stimulate thought, conversation and compassion throughout the caregiving community and beyond.