The River Runs Through

Published: July 10th, 2017

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Please join UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine in celebrating original works of art by Marcia West.  Marcia is a weekly participant in Art in Motion, a visual arts workshop for individuals with Parkinson’s Disease and other movement disorders. The River Runs Through will be on display in the Criser Cancer Resource Center July 10-August 22, 2017.

The River Runs Through Artist Statement

Walking on the beach, my footprints vanished and sand collects between my toes. Watching the surf roll back to whence it came. Ephemeral, like the morning dew, it never lasts. Lightning flashes, then comes the thunder. Still I marvel, still I wonder how it works together, this giant dance.

I was eight years old when National Geographic granted me a radical perspective shift. There were people running around in the jungle without any clothes, people who were different in many ways than myself. I became aware of human suffering, but awareness did not move mountains and the complex problems of the fair earth we were subjected to was difficult, especially man’s inhumanity to man.  Albert Schweitzer was my hero, carrying around a big old organ through the jungle to entertain the people. I followed suit, I wrote songs, I have over 70 songs, music and lyrics. It is my gift for myself and also to share.

I was a Gator grad and have graduate degrees from Harvard.

Clap your hands and stomp your feet you have to smile when you hear the beat and it says Gator Nation, it can’t be stopped because it comes from the heart.

There will be an artist reception on Wednesday, August 2, 2017, 1:30-3:30pm at UF Health Shands Cancer Hospital, Criser Cancer Resource Center, Room 1302. Complimentary valet parking is available.