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Hope Murals Project in Grand Central, "A Balancing Act" - November 2014
Featured on PACE (Patient Access to Cancer care Excellence) - read article here

Know There Is Hope - November 2014
Featured in The Chronicle - read the article here

GIST Survivor Ellen Mayer Describes Her Painting Called Balancing Act

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b2ap3_thumbnail_rare13posterad.jpg"Intense, swift strokes of strong dark colors and textures with quick motion and layering of paint are the core of my work. Inspired by the feelings of motion and emotion, my hand paints what I feel and incorporates the imbalance in shapes and color I see in life and people. My oils on canvas and acrylic on board paintings, influenced by Max Beckman’s bold black outlines and Edvard Munch’s intense emotions, translate the true depth of my feelings about contemporary issues.

The viewer may recognize in themselves the emotions that the people on the canvas are experiencing, whether it be anger, stress, helplessness, or even joy. The faces of these people show the emotions brought on by events the viewer can not see, but can imagine, depending on their own life experiences.

The strong, bold dark colors with small specks of light colors throughout my paintings, lets you know that there is always a reason for hope, in our everyday lives.

People always ask me where my inspiration is from, I think it is because when they know me I am happy and bubbly, one expects my work to reflect that. I take my experiences from life and put them on canvas. I pick up a brush and paint from my imagination. If you look at my works you always see two things. One is the people in my painting are always looking out at you.....And you never know what they are thinking......you know they look angry, sad, or even relieved that everything will be fine. You as the observer have a chance to decide what is really happening in these paintings." ~Ellen




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Published: October 23, 2014

NEW YORK, Oct. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Chester, N.Y., resident Ellen Mayer wears many hats: professional artist, inventor, wife, mother, grandmother, recent college graduate and, as of October 23, muralist. Mayer is also a cancer survivor
and kickboxer who notes, "My true grit helped me stay strong and knock out my cancer."

On October 23, the resolve Mayer has shown throughout her cancer journey will be immortalized in New York's storied Grand Central Terminal as hundreds gather to transform her artwork titled "Balancing Act" into a Hope Mural. The transformation of this artwork — depicting how cancer allowed Mayer to create a new sense of stability in her life — into a 12-by-20-foot mural is part of The Hope Murals Project, a national community art movement aiming to create permanent tributes in 10 cities throughout the United States and Puerto Rico to honor those touched by cancer. The New York Hope Mural is presented by Lilly Oncology and the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS), with CancerCare® and The Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center (HICCC) of Columbia University and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. This initiative was launched to mark the 10th anniversary of the Lilly Oncology On Canvas Art Competition, which is presented by Lilly Oncology and NCCS. The competition invites all residents of the United States and Puerto Rico who have been touched by cancer to express, through art and narrative, the life-affirming changes that give meaning to their cancer journeys. Prizes consist of donations to cancer-related charities chosen by the winners.

Among the hundreds of painters present in Grand Central's Vanderbilt Hall will be the top three national winners of the 2014 Lilly Oncology On Canvas Art Competition. In addition, an exhibition of more than 100 entries from the 2014 competition will be featured.


"For a decade, Oncology On Canvas has provided a platform for thousands of cancer survivors, family members, caregivers and healthcare professionals to share their journeys, and for countless thousands more to be inspired by their artwork through exhibitions," said Newt Crenshaw, vice president, Lilly Oncology. "We are excited to bring communities together by bringing this moving artwork to life across the country through The Hope Murals Project."

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