Pamela's ArtPrize 2011 Series

ArtPrize 2011Braving the Wind

Braving the Wind honors The Cancer Center at Metro Health
Displayed at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel • Grand Rapids

Braving the Wind - Watercolor on paper

Braving the Wind
Watercolor on paper
26x40 inches

Rising on the Wind - Watercolor on paper

Rising on the Wind
Watercolor on paper
22x30 inches

Gulls on the Shore - Watercolor on paper

Gulls on the Shore
Watercolor on paper
12x16 inches

Braving the Wind: The Inspiration

For ArtPrize 2011, Braving the Wind told Kara's story. Kara was only 28 when she was diagnosed with lymphoma. Following treatments, she ran in her first half marathon. But hip pain prevented her from running the next race due to recurring cancer. The following summer Kara received yet another diagnosis: breast cancer.

ArtPrize visitors, also touched by the dark cloud of cancer, expanded Braving the Wind by writing their own story. Twenty-thousand participants added names of loved one who bravely fought cancer on a note card and then hung it on the Healing Tree. As they engaged with the artwork, many experienced soul healing.

Today Kara expresses gratefulness for life. Resolved to beat her cancer and run again, she grasps this famous quote: “The miracle isn't that I finished; the miracle is that I had the courage to start.”


Healing Tree filled with Hope Cards

Nearly 20,000 Hope Cards were added to the Healing Tree to honor loved ones with cancer

Mother with children adding Hope Card to Healing Tree Dad with his son filling out Hope Card

The Hope and Healing Continue

Giclée reproductions of Braving the Wind are on display at American Cancer Society Hope Lodge of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Pamela has been an ArtPrize artist since 2009

Since 2009, ArtPrize is the world's largest open art competition. This 19-day event in Grand Rapids, Michigan draws more than 500,000 visitors with around 1500 participating artists. This unique event involves local and international artists, art, and active community participation. Veteran ArtPrize artist and facilitator Pamela Alderman is known for creating a new kind of artist/viewer work that invites audience collaboration. Her work lets others speak and respond. In 2015, her work, Hometown Hero, was voted into the Top 20 and finished 3rd Place for Time-Based exhibits.

Braving the Wind works donated to Hope Lodge of Grand Rapids, Michigan; Harbor Hospice of Muskegon, Michigan; Hope Village of Traverse City, Michigan; and StarLite Shores Family Camp of West Olive, Michigan