Patients’ artwork showcased in Palo Alto

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Photography exhibit features work by our patients living with cancer

On June 5, the Pacific Art League in downtown Palo Alto was buzzing with excitement as some talented young photographers displayed their works of art.

Tayadora, age 11, proudly posed in front of her photograph–a Chihuahua yawning in the sunlight. The showcase captures the world through the eyes of children, with images ranging from bright candies and colorful flowers to a young girl on a rock overlooking the ocean.

Running through June 26, 2015, and open to the public, the exhibit is the culmination of the Pablove Shutterbugs program, a five-week photography course for about 30 students, all of whom have been patients at our Bass Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Diseases. The mission of Pablove Shutterbugs is to teach children living with cancer to develop their creative voice through the art of photography and give them an outlet for their emotions and thoughts.

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“We are so pleased to partner with Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford to feature our amazing Pablove Shutterbugs artists,” said Jo Ann Thrailkill, co-founder and president/CEO of The Pablove Foundation. “Using a camera to express your point of view without words is a powerful tool and can provide a sense of mastery and accomplishment. We believe that the creative arts play a fundamental role in improving our students’ lives.”

The Pablove Shutterbugs showcase at the Pacific Art League is free to the public. The gallery is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located at 668 Ramona Street (on the corner of Forest and Ramona) in downtown Palo Alto.

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