Kendall Yeager, from left, Katy Thiel, Dervla Lacy and Jan Willman are helping put on the inaugural Art & Soul of Hospice show as part of the First Friday Artwalk. The event begins at 5 p.m. Friday and benefits the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association's Hospice and Palliative care program.

Photo by Luke Graham

Kendall Yeager, from left, Katy Thiel, Dervla Lacy and Jan Willman are helping put on the inaugural Art & Soul of Hospice show as part of the First Friday Artwalk. The event begins at 5 p.m. Friday and benefits the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association's Hospice and Palliative care program.

Steamboat art show to benefit hospice

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— Artist Jan Maret Willman’s inspiration for art doesn’t stray too far from the norm.

But to hear her compare it to the bereavement help she has received through the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s hospice care program shows the depth of the correlation between the two.

“Art is a look into the heart and soul of our emotions,” Willman said. “The guts of the hospice is embracing life and bringing out that hidden thing. The hospice is a celebration of the depth of life. Art and the hospice are companions.”

The inaugural Art & Soul of Hospice art show — curated by Willman — will be part of the First Friday Artwalk.

The show opens at 5 p.m. Friday at the Depot Art Center.

More than 30 artists have contributed about 120 pieces for the show, with each piece of art available for purchase. At least 45 percent of the proceeds will benefit the local hospice, with some artists donating 100 percent of sales.

“Our goal is to raise a couple thousand at least,” said Dervla Lacy, director of development for the VNA. “Fundraising makes up 20 percent of operations at the hospice. We hope this grows into quite the fundraiser.”

The pieces in the show are created by professional artists. In addition, there are pieces done by staff, volunteers and those who have been in the youth bereavement program.

The idea for the fundraiser started during the hospice golf fundraiser last summer. From there, the ladies started putting together the show. Willman said she got the idea after attending an art benefit in Keystone for the Summit Foundation.

“I was impressed,” she said. “This involves two things that are special to me in my life — the hospice and art.”

Pieces at the show vary in price from $30 to $2,500. Many top local artists contributed pieces ranging from abstracts to landscapes.

The show will continue until Dec. 26. People also can view an online catalog of art by clicking here.

The hospice has served 71 terminally ill patients and provided bereavement counseling and support to more than 250 family members.

“Stuff like this is crucial to allow the hospice to do the kind of services they do,” said Katy Thiel, co-director of the hospice. “We really hope the art show can help fund that in upcoming years.”

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229, email lgraham@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @LukeGraham

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