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Robert and Rebecca Bluestone Tour Stop

Tuesday, 13 April 2010
Robert and Rebecca Bluestone, Public Performances April 19 & 21
How does the world of art – expressed through the beauty of music, paintings, poetry and more – blend into the world of healing? New Mexican artists Robert and Rebecca Bluestone will explore how creativity impacts healing during their three-day visit to northwest Iowa April 19th, 20th and 21st.

The Bluestones will spend several days in the Spencer area, giving presentations for schools and community organizations. Their visit will include two public performances which showcase Robert's celebrated artistry as a classical guitarist and Rebecca's remarkable tapestries, at the First Congregational Church of Spencer on Monday, April 19, at 7 p.m. and Wednesday, April 21 at 7 p.m.


The Monday evening performance will be part of Abben Cancer Center’s annual Survivor’s Day Celebration. The public is welcome to attend and especially encouraged to be guests of Abben Cancer Center are all cancer survivors and their families. The Bluestones will present “State of Grace,” during which time they explore the issues of healing and creativity.


The Wednesday evening performance, “Woven Harmony” is a multimedia presentation featuring the works of both Robert and Rebecca. Again, the public is invited to attend this 7 p.m. performance at First Congregational Church, located at 1212 First Avenue West in Spencer.


“We are very excited to have two such renown artists come to our region to share their message of healing and the arts,” commented Susan Zulk, spokesperson for Spencer Hospital. “Robert began playing classical guitar at age 7 and has toured the world, including solo recitals at places such as the legendary Carnegie Hall. Rebecca is equally well-known in the artistic world of visual arts. Her tapestries have been acquired by prominent collections such as the Chicago Art Institute and private collector Robert Redford.”


Zulk continued, “In addition to their artistic talents, they also have experience with health care. Rebecca was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2001. They have personally experienced a link between creativity and healing. They have shared their message at Mayo Clinic, University of Iowa Hospitals, and other medical centers, and now bring will share that message in our area.”


The Bluestones’ visit to northwest Iowa is made possible through the University of Iowa, specifically Hancher Auditorium, the College of Public Health, and the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center. Spencer is the Bluestones’ first stop and from here they will travel to Algona, then Des Moines, Grinnell, Davenport, and then conclude their Iowa tour with a final performance May 8th at the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center in Iowa City.


In Spencer, the three-day Bluestone tour is being sponsored by the Spencer Regional Healthcare Foundation, Spencer Hospital, and the generosity of the Lillian Swanson Family. Organizations assisting in the three-day event include Arts on Grand, Spencer Schools, Spencer Hospital, and Abben Cancer Center of Spencer Hospital.


“We all owe a special thank you to Chuck Swanson, executive director of Hancher Auditorium at the University of Iowa who also is a Spencer native,” Zulk stated. “Chuck is excited to bring the Bluestones to his home community and was pleased that he could do so in special honor of his mother Lillian, who passed away in February 2009. We appreciate that Chuck so frequently thinks of Spencer when opportunity arises for the U of I to bring outreach activities across the state.”


In addition to the two public performances, the Bluestones will be busy with other workshops during their three-day stay in Spencer. Robert will speak to the Rotary and other area service clubs on Monday, while Rebecca is giving a presentation to healthcare providers at Spencer Hospital. On Tuesday, the Bluestones will be presenting several workshops at Spencer High School, and then will join artists for an evening of conversation and fellowship. Wednesday, the Bluestones will provide a program to the Spencer Hospital Auxiliary membership.

Last updated ( Tuesday, 13 April 2010 )

Susan Zulk
VP of Marketing and Fund Development
Spencer Hospital
1200 First Ave East
Spencer, Iowa 51301
(712) 264-6461

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