Grant Awarded to Healing Icons Traveling Art Exhibitions

By Heidi Darr-Hope

Our staff worked very hard on our proposal for the South Carolina Artists’ Ventures Initiative Grant, which is offered by the wonderfully terrific state agency The South Carolina Arts Commission. Our efforts were rewarded! Healing Icons received a grant of $5,000 to fund our traveling art exhibition project, collectively titled Sometimes Words Art Not Enough. S.C. Artists’…

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Finding Our Inner Phosphorescence: Creative Insights

By Heidi Darr-Hope

Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend. – Albert Camus The more often we share our inner journeys with others, the more we find a commonality in what it is to be human. We at Healing Icons…

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Why We Travel

By Heidi Darr-Hope

Traditions Become Stale This Christmas Eve, Santa has arrived in the Houston airport, buzzing around on a golf cart appropriately adorned for the festive day. We—my husband, our daughter and son, and I—are there, bags packed and ready to fly. We’ve completed the rounds of extended-family Christmas dinners and gift exchanges and are embarking on a journey…

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Become a Collector of Words, A Creator of Images…

By Heidi Darr-Hope

Last Saturday, participants came from Atlanta, Charleston, Hartsville and Columbia to the Columbia Museum of Art to pause from the hectic pace of life and delve into the creative process. They came in search of inner phosphorescence, that luminescent energy that enlivens and inspires the direction of our lives. The catalyst for this workshop was the exhibition…

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Finding Your Inner Phosphorescence

By Heidi Darr-Hope

Last month, I had an unintentional retrospective exhibition at Benedict College that included works from over a 20-year period— unintentional in that I thought the exhibition was scheduled for 2011, not 2010, so I had to scurry around to gather up enough work for a cohesive show, adding in older work I hadn’t planned on…

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Today is Day of the Dead

By Heidi Darr-Hope

Couldn’t get down to the Five Points Fountain this Halloween weekend? Well, after going to the voting polls today, why not visit our Autumn Remembrance display? Pause for a few minutes to remember those loved and lost. Celebrate Day of the Dead with Healing Icons At its essence, Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday centered…

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Thoughts on the Upcoming Day of the Dead

By Heidi Darr-Hope

Imagine the look on my family’s face last year when I suggested we start a new family tradition – an annual feast to honor the dead. Now, our children are 20-somethings. Our son is married to a beautiful (inside and out), bright-spirited young woman; our daughter is in graduate school and has a terrifically accepting boyfriend. My…

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Welcome to the Healing Icons Blog

By Heidi Darr-Hope

Welcome! This blog will highlight the ongoing and upcoming projects of Healing Icons as well as provide a space for thoughts, prompts and insights into living with cancer, grief and the transformative, healing power of art. Community is a powerful force. By communing with others who are dealing with the same challenges and fears, by learning…

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