Making a Mark with Art

By: Kim Tarleton

September marks Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and that also means the 25th Annual Making A Mark ® Opening Exhibit Celebration. Each year children with cancer and blood disorders and their siblings share their experience through art which is displayed in The Periwinkle Foundation’s Marking A Mark art exhibit.  I had the chance to attend the opening of the exhibit on Saturday, Sept. 12 and to see more than 350 pieces of colorful art completely covering the Auxiliary Bridge at Texas Children’s Hospital was breathtaking. Visiting with the artists was super fun and I loved seeing how proud they were of their masterpieces.

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What I learned by visiting with the families attending the opening was that Making a Mark is much more than just art, it offers their children an opportunity for self-expression, a way to relieve stress and is an important part of the healing process. The art pieces had much more meaning than one might think!

The art will be on exhibit at Texas Children’s Hospital through Oct 9 and then it will travel throughout the year. Hopefully many more Houstonians and visitors to the Bayou City will be touched by the art display when it makes a stop at Hobby International Airport and George Bush Intercontinental Airport later in the year. I know the art display definitely made its mark on me.

The Periwinkle Foundation "Make A Mark 2015" event held at the Texas Children's Hospital, 09/13/15. (Photos by ©Kim Christensen)
The Periwinkle Foundation “Make A Mark 2015” event held at the Texas Children’s Hospital, 09/13/15. (Photos by ©Kim Christensen)