Hospice Social Worker to Exhibit Artwork at Chaffee Art Show

Portion of the Proceeds will Benefit Hospice Program

Karyn Hunter, LICSW, a social worker at the VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region, will exhibit her art at the Chaffee Art Center’s 61st Annual Summer Art in the Park Saturday, August 13, from 10 am – 6 pm, and Sunday, August 14, 10 am – 4 pm at Main Street Park at the Junction of Routes 4 & 7 in Rutland.

Hunter’s artwork, inspired by her love of nature and exploration, is particularly drawn to sunrises and sunsets as symbolic of her work. “I like to think of sunsets as the sweetest farewells or gifts to our loved ones as we pass onto the next life and sunrises as new births or beginnings,” said Hunter. “I love the contrast of colors that come with both and allow for the use of vibrant colors.”

Hunter notes her artwork reflects her experience working in end-of-life care. As a social worker, Hunter has had the privilege of working with individuals who showed the strength and resilience of the human spirit. “People are truly remarkable and unexpected. During such vulnerable moments as their health declines…I have watched individuals show incredible grace, humility, humor, and compassion.”

A Rutland native, Hunter’s relationship with art began in middle school and sustained her during her high school years and college. “A lot of my paintings come from my struggles and the journeys or adventures that I seek to find relief or to recharge,” added Hunter.

Hunter will donate 10% of the proceeds of her sales at Art in the Park to the Hospice program. “I want to support the same program that gives so much back to me. Sadly, we too often see people sign onto hospice too late to experience all the benefits hospice can provide fully. While dying is what hospice is known for – we focus on helping people live each and every day to their fullest, to hold on to their dignity as long as possible and do things on their terms.”

“Donations to our hospice program enable us to go beyond what is covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance and offer specialized services and exceptional care to all who need it,” said Chief Clinical Operations Officer Nicole Moran. “We are grateful that Karyn is using her talents to help so many in our community.”