Salem Cancer Institute offers “Creative Art for Wellness” classes

Cancer patients and caregivers are invited to take part in an upcoming series of art classes specifically designed for them by the Salem Cancer Institute.

Participants will create works of art to display at the cancer institute’s National Cancer Survivor’s Day Celebration on June 8. Artists may then take their creations home to enjoy.

Healing Birds
Birds are a symbol of hope and healing. Participants will mold, paint and decorate their own bird. People are encouraged to attend one of each session. (Instructor: Marnie Jeffers)
• Molding sessions: Tuesday, May 3, 5 to 7 p.m. and Thursday, May 5, 1 to 3 p.m.
• Decorating sessions: Tuesday, May 17, 1 to 3 p.m. and Thursday, May 26, 5 to 7 p.m.

Flags of Hope
Traditional Tibetan prayer flags are stamped with prayers, mantras, and symbols – and then suspended from ropes to flutter in the breeze, spreading wishes for happiness, hope, and prosperity. Participants will create their own flag(s). (Instructor: Dayna Collins)
• Wednesday, May 11, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
• Monday, May 16, 1 to 2:30 p.m.
• Wednesday, May 25, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Easy Printmaking
Participants will make their own prints using various shapes and object, foam forms, ink, and rolling pins. Designed so people can spend a few minutes or a few hours. Offered as part of our National Cancer Survivor’s Day Celebration. (Instructor: Sonia Allen)
• Wednesday, June 8, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Open Art Sessions
People are invited to stop by the cancer institute’s lobby to take part in an art activity. Participants will develop their own creation or be guided on a specific project. (Instructor: Sonia Allen)
• Tuesdays, June 7, 14, 21, and 28, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In collaboration with the Salem Art Association, and supported by a generous grant from the Salem Health Foundation, all classes will be held at the Salem Cancer Institute – located on the first floor of Building C on the Salem Health campus, 875 Oak St. SE. To register, call 503-814-CHEC (2432) or visit

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