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Lissa A. Forbes

Organization / October 7, 2014

Lissa, diagnosed with AML with FLT3 (early relapse gene) on 9/24/13, received SCT on January 30, 2014. Excited to join the Healing Arts Program as a volunteer, she looks forward to working with patients using creative writing, photography and images, and drumming for healing. Lissa has created a bulletin board of her artwork on the third floor of Presbyterian St. Luke’s just outside the BMT North Unit.


Photo taken by Cynthia Lockhart/Director of Healing Arts, June 2014

She has experience in creative writing, self-publishing, public speaking, digital art, and is learning about healing drumming. She has a Master’s in Creative Writing and has worked with authors to create their own life story books.

Lissa self-published Write from the Inside: Dig for Treasures, Discover Yourself, Leave a Legacy, a show-and-tell book on how to write your life story, and The Stroll, a photo-journal, mostly of Colorado trails she walked with her trusty pup, Kobi .

She is largely self-taught in the world of digital art. Lissa believes she came into this life with creativity flowing in her veins. It started out as with most of us–crayons, coloring books, finger paints. It developed in the same way we learn to walk–step by step. If she’s not creating, she’s not living!

, like Melissa without the “me”


Origami Butterfly How-To

How-To's / October 6, 2014

Souls Palette Arts loves the origami paper crane but patients also enjoy folding many other origami projects including boxes, cats, and dogs. Here are the directions for a beautiful origami butterfly. We recommend this project for anyone over the age of seven.

These origami butterfly instructions were found on goorigami.com

Origami Butterfly


Organization / August 1, 2014

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Jackie has a passion for the arts, especially in DIY (do it yourself) crafting.  She is a continuing student of Ceramics, currently at the Arvada Center for the Arts, where she does wheel throwing and hand building. Growing up in Minnesota, she has also been a student of her grandmother in the various crafting mediums, and says that a flair for arts runs in her family.  Jackie’s focus is with the Oncology patients, and she enjoys being able to give the gift of art through the Soul’s Palette program, as well as being able to meet and connect with patients from all over the country. With a background in non profit organization fundraising, she also hopes to help the organization in capacity building so that the program can continue to excel in bettering the lives of patients in their healing journey.

Sharon Schatz

Organization / May 27, 2014

Sharon is licensed as a Landscape Architect and has worked as a designer and large-scale planner for many years. She is also a Birth Doula serving in Boulder County and has taught new mom breastfeeding classes as a Lactation Educator. Currently Sharon has her own business teaching classes in the field of Preventative Health and Wellness.

She is self-taught in knitting, crochet, and most recently, in Tunisian crochet. Knitting happens almost every day, and her style is to have many projects going at the same time.  She has a second small business that features knit designs (primarily hats and baby essentials). Her favorite things to do are spending time hiking and playing with her two school-age boys and husband. Other places you can find Sharon are in her community garden plot overlooking the mountains and paddle boarding as much as possible.

Devonie McCamey

Organization / May 27, 2014

From composing poetry and prose to performing dance and theatre to creating paintings and short films, Devonie is a lifelong devotee of the arts in various forms — and is excited to share her passion with patients through Soul’s Palette Arts.

Devonie currently works as a writer, editor, and multimedia specialist for a renewable energy research laboratory and has a B.A. in Radio/Television/Film from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and camping with her dog in the resplendent Rockies, exploring the world through travel, and belting out a good karaoke session.


Organization / May 2, 2014

Simmy is a native New Yorker (and pizza lover) with a lifelong love of arts and crafts, who enjoys making art quilts and wedding chuppahs. Fascinated by her own explorations of creativity, Simmy enjoys helping others tap into their inner knowing via the healing arts. She has an M.A. in Journalism, completed a polarity therapy certification program, and is a freelance writer living in Boulder.

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Healing Passages Opening Night

Blog, Events / April 30, 2014

Thank you to our recognized artist and volunteer Suzy Bates who shared her space with us during her Aerial Voyage Exhibit at Next Gallery. We had a great turnout, met some wonderful people, and enjoyed tasty snacks – the cookies were soft and chewy. Over 1,000 cranes were hung, think we’ll be granted a wish?

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Healing Passages Exhibit – Setting Up

Blog, Events / April 30, 2014

Getting ready for the exhibit, listening to music, hanging beautiful artwork, and sticking paper cranes onto the walls March 2014 at NEXT Gallery

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Soul’s Palette Art Exhibit

Organization, Visual Arts / March 29, 2014

At the March 21st opening of the Aerial Voyage Exhibit at Next Gallery, Soul’s Palette Arts was lucky enough to be able to share space with the featured artist Suzanne Bates. We featured artwork from our patients and also hung 1000 paper cranes symbolizing the Japanese legend of hope–make 1000 origami cranes & you will be granted a wish…

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One of our featured artists, Susan Howard, explains how her crane poster (pictured below) represents her journey. “This crane collage represents my journey with leukemia. I woke up one morning with this image in my head and decided to get to work right away. Orange is the symbolic color for leukemia and all of the orange cranes are flying off in my past. Green is the symbolic color for stem cell transplants and all of the green cranes are flying into my future, ultimately curing me of this disease.” - Susan Howard Art Gallery 2

Art Lessons of letting go and breathing life

Uncategorized / February 27, 2014

From the book, Brave Intuitive Painting by Flora Bowley:

Turn your canvas or paper every 15 minutes or even 5 minutes if you are short on time. After every turn step back and see what is emerging. Add new elements with each turn. How does this feel? How does it look? Do you feel anxious or excited? Do you feel any resistance to changing your work?

Turning the paper provides new perspective and forces you, as an artist, to have your original vision be challenged. It frees the air from the feeling of needing to know what will be produced, of being perfect, and the freedom to loosen up. This is a meditative practice of letting go and not attaching to circumstances.

Feel free to add upload photos of your creation and I will update you on my own.


Another version of this project would be working on two canvases or paper, switching between them every 5/15 minutes. Challenge yourself to cover up 3/4ths of what you’ve previously painted. Work like this for 2 hours to build up four layers on each surface.