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Art Therapy Helps Cancer Patients Navigate Their Emotional Journey

Barbara Dzurny of Mt. Arlington stood by her painting of one of her happy places, a beach. 'Art Therapy brings out different things at different times,' she said. Credits: Barbara Rybolt
Evangeline Choi painted 'Garden of Healing,' filled with bright colors. Her painting was one of many made by cancer survivors and caregivers who took part in Art Therapy courses Credits: Barbara Rybolt
Elizabeth McLain of Roxbury described her painting as a map of her cancer journey, from black after her diagnosis, to the blue of hope, green of growth, and some gray, for 'When doubt creeps in.' Credits: Barbara Rybolt
Helena Alexrod of Chatham Borough between two of her paintings. At left, 'A Childhood Memory,' and on the right, 'My Cancer Journey,' which she said shows 'a lot of ups and downs,' Credits: Barbara Rybolt
Shields Maier of Stirling, her late husband's caregiver, painted 'Outside the Window,' which depicts a sense of hope. Credits: Barbara Rybolt

MORRISTOWN, NJ - What happens when you or a loved one is diagnosed with cancer? One thing is certain, your world will be turned upside down and, despite your best efforts to be calm and carry on, it's likely you will be pummeled by the full range of emotions - fear, anger, bitterness, hope, despair and more.

Art therapists help people find a way to express their emotions and, in the process, find hope, a new way to cope or even transform their life.

And, make no mistake about it, credentialed art therapists are just that, therapists. They work with their clients to help them find a way to identify, explore and express emotions they can't speak about or, sometimes don't even realize exist.

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On Monday, the latest exhibit at Morristown Medical Center’s Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, “Explorations through Art Therapy,” opened with an Artists Reception in the center’s lobby.

Art Therapist Cathy Meier Asher, MA, ATR-BC-LCAT, is the Cancer Center’s Art Therapist. She runs art therapy groups with clients at the center and infusion and inpatient individual sessions. Using gentle directives, she helps clients express themselves through art.

During the reception, several artists described their paintings and what they felt while making them.

Shelda Maier of Stirling, her late husband Chuck Drew's caregiver, talked about two of her paintings in the exhibit. Shortly after she signed palliative care papers, Asher handed her a mandala, a blank circle in a square. Maier said, “I painted a great big, black “WIDOW” inside the circle.” Around the word, she shaded in dark colors, but “I left the middle part (of the D and O) white … It represented hope,” and was like a window out of the darkness.

Her second piece in the show was done much later. Called 'Outside the Window,' it shows trees, clouds, grass and blue sky. “I just now am realizing both have to do with windows,” she said.

Meier said working in a circle “helps center the mind and body.”

Other guided paintings reflected the emotions felt by the artists on their cancer journey, others the healing process or a childhood memory. Even when the subject was the same, each painting was unique.

Members of Chatham Twig, the volunteer organization that provides volunteer and financial support to the Cancer Center, Goryeb Children's Hospital, and the Women's Association for Morristown Medical Center attended the opening and gave each artist a gift package of a candle, with a note, and a journal, said Samantha Ekert, the group’s president.

Representatives of Subaru, as part of their Subaru Loves to Care initiative, and their partners, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, donated a blanket and a note signed by a Subaru employee or customer to each of the artists, as well as art baskets that Meier will use with her new art therapy clients.

The Art Show is on the main floor of the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, 100 Madison Ave., Morristown. It is open to the public and continues through August 1. Art Therapy is one of many programs offered at the center through the Integrative Medicine program.

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Maplewood Police Blotter: Two Robberies Reported

June 20, 2017

June 13 - Robbery; At approximately 3 a.m., two males got into an argument at the 7-11 on Irvington Ave.  One male then attempted to take the others keys before fleeing when the police where called. Officers checked the area, but where unable to locate the male. The victim was not injured.

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XRootsFest Returns to South Orange on June 24 with a Day of Diverse Music, Culture, and Food

June 22, 2017

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – You don’t have to leave the neighborhood or book a flight to travel to four continents in one day. XrootsFest: A Day of Music, Culture and Food will feature music, dance and food from throughout the world this Saturday, June 24, on Flood’s Hill between noon and 5 p.m.

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SouthNext and South Orange Village Center Alliance Launch 'Everybody Belongs Here' Photography Project

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - On Saturday, June 17, the storefront windows of the former Blockbuster store on South Orange Avenue were filled with photos, displaying portraits of the residents of South Orange. This photography project, "Everybody Belongs Here," is a co-production between the SouthNext Festival and the South Orange Village Center Alliance (SOVCA).

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South Orange Rescue Squad Fund Needs New Ambulance

June 14, 2017

Dear Friend and Neighbor,

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Paper Mill Playhouse Receives $40,000 NEA Grant

June 22, 2017

MILLBURN, NJ - The Paper Mill Playhouse received a $40,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The funding supports the Paper Mill’s “Theatre For Everyone” project, a series of programs that serves the needs of children with autism and other social and cognitive disabilities.

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Springfield Man Charged In Microcap Stock Manipulation Scheme

NEWARK, NJ – Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick announced that the owner of a purported business consulting firm was arrested today for operating a $1.1 million scheme that artificially inflated the stock price of a publicly traded company he controlled.

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Funeral Services for Belmar Drowning Victims Set for Friday

June 21, 2017

BELMAR, NJ — Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 23, for the two Belmar cousins who died as the result of last week’s drowning incident off the Belmar beach.

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Travel Ideas for Father's Day Weekend in New Jersey

June 15, 2017

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Congratulations to the Winners of the 2017 Two Towns Triathlon for Kids

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Once-in-a-Lifetime Chance to Witness History as Battle of Short Hills Unfolds at Oak Ridge Park in Clark

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