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

Kara was only 28 when she was first diagnosed with lymphoma. Cancer had claimed her grandmother at 49. Now Kara wondered if she would live or die.

Following treatments, she ran in her first half marathon. She said, “Past runners helped raise money for my treatment. So I wanted to do the same for future cancer patients.”

But hip pain prevented her from running in the next race. Then medical tests revealed a recurrence of cancer. The following summer she received a second diagnosis: breast cancer.

For ArtPrize 2011, I depicted Kara in Braving the Wind. Her vulnerable health that contrasts with her faith and determination inspired me. Just as The Cancer Center at Metro Health provides a tranquil atmosphere for her treatments, so my artwork symbolizes hope and healing.

The viewer was also invited to become a part of the story in Braving the Wind. By writing the name of a loved one—who has bravely fought a cancer battle—on a Hope Card and hanging it on the Healing Tree, we honor their struggle.

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