The Healing Arts

May 8–27, 2012


(TYLER, TX) February 20, 2012 – Bethesda Health Clinic and the Tyler Museum of Art are excited to announce a new exhibition and gala slated for May 2012. The Healing Arts exhibition will feature artworks created by local artists who have a connection to the Clinic and will be on view May 8 through May 27 at the Museum. A gala will be held at the TMA May 17 offering guests an opportunity to enjoy the exhibition as well as food, drinks and the high-energy music of Latin contemporary jazz artist, Carlos Guedes. The events’ proceeds will benefit both Bethesda Health Clinic and the Tyler Museum of Art.

Artists may pick up an entry form and information packet from both institutions and must turn in their entry forms to Bethesda by March 30. To qualify for entry, artists must be connected to the Clinic in some way, either as a caregiver, patient, volunteer, or otherwise. Artists of any skill level are invited to create art expressing their personal experiences with both physical, mental and spiritual aspects of the healing process.

“I am very excited about collaborating with the Tyler Museum of Art for The Healing Arts exhibit,” said Diane Thomason, Bethesda’s Director of Development. “This is a wonderful opportunity for our patients to express their personal experiences with illness, healing, gratitude, faith and hope. By creating a work of art, our patients and those touched by Bethesda Health Clinic can use the creative process of art as a healing force."

Although the body of research and studies focused on the role of art in the healing process is relatively new, many medical professionals have observed and reported a connection between creative expression and the body’s physical healing processes. In fact, new research connects art therapy with recovery from various brain injuries and conditions such as dementia. “The simple act of creating something joins a person’s physical body – their hands and eyes – to their emotions and imaginations,” said TMA Director Kimberley Tomio. “I think that when a person undergoes treatment for serious or long term illness, he or she may lose that mind body connection, and creating a work of art can help mend that disconnect. We all need a reason to heal, and as in so many other instances, art can serve as a great reminder of what life is all about.”

The concept of The Healing Arts exhibition and gala was created by both organizations working in concert to produce an event that celebrated this connection between art and healing, and the lives that have been forever changed by both. “There seems to be mounting evidence that all forms of creative expression can be helpful in the healing process, and we hope that our collaboration with Bethesda will strengthen both organizations’ ability to serve our community,” said Tomio.

The Healing Arts exhibition will be free and open to the public during regular Museum hours. Tickets for The Healing Arts Gala are $75.00 per person, and may be purchased by calling the Tyler Museum of Art at 903.595.1001. In addition to viewing the original art, guests of the gala are sure to enjoy a dynamic performance by Carlos Guedes. The Dallas based musician plays a custom-made electro-acoustic harp and combines a unique blend of contemporary Latin jazz with Afro-Caribbean and Brazilian rhythms. Sponsorships are available, and both event and sponsorship information may be found at Sponsors to date include “Saint,” Leo W. Mack, Jr. M.D.

Bethesda Health Clinic is a Christ-centered ministry that provides affordable, high quality care for the working uninsured in Smith County. The clinic offers primary and specialty medical care, dental care, and health care education. The clinic's success is due in large part to volunteerism and the extensive on-going collaborative network supporting these services. In every year since its inception, the clinic has served an increasing number of patients. In 2011, Bethesda conducted over 15,000 patient visits.

The Tyler Museum of Art exists as an educational and cultural center to enrich the lives of East Texas citizens and visitors through the collection, preservation, study, exhibition, interpretation, and celebration of the visual arts. The Museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums and is located at 1300 S. Mahon Ave., adjacent to the Tyler Junior College campus off East Fifth Street. For more information on The Healing Arts exhibition and gala, call (903) 595-1001 or visit

If you would like to become a sponsor, just call the Tyler Museum of Art at 903.595.1001 for more information, or click here to download a sponsorship form.