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Institute for Health and Healing presents Discover the Art of Healing



MINNEAPOLIS – April 23, 2010 – Working as a character designer and concept artist, Chris Ayers, 35, has been involved in projects such as Men In Black II, Fantastic Four, and The Santa Clause 2. In addition, he has published two books, “The Daily Zoo: Keeping the Doctor at Bay with a Drawing a Day.”

Ayers lives in Los Angeles and works in the movie industry there, but he’s from Minneapolis and still has family here. Currently, some of his sketches hang in a hallway at Abbott Northwestern Hospital.

A cancer diagnosis inspired his artwork, and he will talk about the healing power of art at Discover the Art of Healing, Thursday, May 20 at Nicollet Island Pavilion, 40 Power Street, Minneapolis. A reception begins at 5:30, comments will be at 6:30, and the event ends at 7:30 p.m.

More than 30 local artists portraying images of health, healing and spirit are featured at Discover the Art of Healing. Guests will have the opportunity to purchase pieces as well as learn about the role that art plays in enhancing healing.

Tickets are $20 per person. Proceeds will support the work of Abbott Northwestern’s Penny George Institute for Health and Healing. For more information, call 612-863-6510.

Abbott Northwestern Hospital's Penny George Institute for Health and Healing

The Penny George Institute for Health and Healing, the nation's largest hospital-based integrative medicine program, provides a range of services in both the inpatient and outpatient environments, including such therapies as acupuncture, biofeedback, music therapy, nutrition consultations and massage therapy. The George Institute also conducts leading-edge research and education programs.

Abbott Northwestern Hospital is part of Allina Hospitals & Clinics, a not-for-profit health care system of hospitals, clinics and other patient care services that provides exceptional care to communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin and employs more than 22,000 people.

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GLORIA O'CONNELL

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