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stamford times – Cared For: The hospital’s of Fairfield County — PART III — An artist helps the medicine goes down

 

Cared For: The hospital’s of Fairfield County — PART III — An artist helps the medicine goes down


Lasers produce lines on the side of a patient’s face as his head is held in place by an immobilization device, the purpose is for aligning exactly the needed area for a scan. PHOTO BY ALEX VON KLEYDORFF

By FRANK MacEACHERN

STAMFORD — As she held her paintbrush, Benny Zolluccio looked at the landscape she created in front of her and didn’t like what she saw.

“Why did I do that? I don’t like that at all,” muttered Zolluccio as she pondered how to correct her work.

Zolluccio can now call herself an artist instead of referring to herself as a cancer victim. She’s a member of the Expression Through Art class offered by Stamford Hospital which encourages people who are cancer-stricken to turn their attention to art and creativity instead of dwelling on their disease.

Cancer is one of the most dreaded words in the English language. But there is hope, said Frank Masino, MD, and at the Carl and Dorothy Bennett Cancer Center at Stamford Hospital and he said every patient is receiving treatment not available even two decades ago.

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stamford times – Cared For: The hospital’s of Fairfield County — PART III — An artist helps the medicine goes down

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The Daily Breeze – SP gallery reframes art therapy

By Megan Bagdonas Staff Writer

Article Launched: 12/13/2007 11:42:54 PM PST

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Harold Plople says modestly that his artwork is just therapy… (Steve McCrank/ Staff Photographer). Harold Plople is an artist who suffers from delusions.

But operators of the San Pedro home for the mentally ill where he lives believe Plople should have the same opportunity as high-end, stable-minded artists to display his paintings in a professional setting.

So now the white walls and high ceilings of the Harbor View House gallery are reserved for only its most accomplished and skilled artists. Gone are the days when any and all artwork done by residents was put on display.

"Before we just hung everything everywhere, it was like an open house at a school," said Amy Myers, gallery and studio director. "It wasn’t good for selling things because there was such an array of styles and the quality level was all over the map.

"But now our gallery is going to look like any gallery you will see anywhere."

And for the first time, Harbor View House is hosting a one-man show. Plople’s poignant images inspired by his five years as a "drunk, belligerent, obnoxious person" on Los Angeles’ notorious Skid Row dominate the gallery. 

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