Massachusetts fiber artist Nancy Katz will conduct a hands-on art experience focusing on community building through art at the Rapides Cancer Center on Tuesday, May 22.

Katz will create and paint a set of silk scarves at the Rapides Cancer Center from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The free event is open to the public. No experience is necessary, and participants may come and go as they please.

Katz is a nationally recognized artist with a keen sense of color and design. Her work is included as part of the permanent collections of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, the Oakland Museum, and the Magnes Museum.

Nancy was recently published in the 2011 Education Issue of the magazine Faith & Form and is profiled in the 1999 book, Judaic Artisans Today.
Her often collaboratively created work can be found throughout the United States and Israel.

“We look forward to this opportunity for our current and former patients and their families to help create a beautiful piece of art and make a memory in the process,” said Karen Hathorn, RN, MSN, Rapides Regional Medical Center’s director of oncology services. “Our scarves will include the message we share in our fall Blessings of Life event – faith, hope and healing.

“Art therapy is helpful for people dealing with physical illness by using creative activities to express emotions. It provides a method for individuals to come to terms with emotional conflicts, increase self-awareness, and express unspoken and often unconscious concerns about their illness and their lives.”

The scarves created will remain on display at the Rapides Cancer Center.
Katz will also conduct a workshop on Saturday, May 19 from 1-4 p.m. at the Alexandria Museum of Art. Registration is required for this workshop.

For more information on Katz’ visit to Central Louisiana, visit, or call 769-7602 and leave a message.
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