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Fiber artist honors daughter in fundraiser

Medical university campuses typically teach through a rigorous scientific method, but a gifted artist discovers ways to convey the kinds of knowledge science cannot readily capture.
Artist Marlene O’Bryant-Seabrook, Ph.D.,  communicates knowledge through the medium of the story; stories told not through words, but through the art of handcrafted quilts, a medium rich in its story-telling heritage and ability to pass wisdom from generation to generation, said Wally Pregnall, grants administrator of the College of Health Professions.  The nationally recognized fiber artist will share her vision through the stories conveyed in her quilts during a rarely seen jazz exhibit and gallery talk celebrating the rich history of the art from 5 to 8 p.m. March 24 in the College of Health Professions atrium.
Among Seabrook’s other works that will also be on display March 24 will be “The Eyes Have It,” a work in honor of her late daughter and College of Health Professions physical therapy student, Kim Martino. “The Eyes Have It” is a loving tribute that captures the vital spirit of a young woman who inspired all those around her in roles as mother, student, friend and confidant. Pregnall said her life of generosity and dedication to her church, community, and profession inspired her friends and classmates to establish the Kim Martino Scholarship Fund in her memory, just as her spirit continues to inspire the art dedicated to her.  
Reception guests will have an opportunity to meet Seabrook, discuss her art and take part in a silent auction with proceeds going to a College of Health Professions student  through the Kim Martino Scholarship. Food for the reception will be donated by local businesses. Donations of $20 are suggested to help fund the scholarship.   

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Friday, March 19, 2010

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