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Local artists featured in Avera Cancer Institute art collection

The bright mosaic and serene photographs of two area artists are now featured in the Avera Cancer Institute in Marshall. Glencoe residents Shanda Landes and Mary Mulenburg are two of 16 southwestern Minnesota artists that make up the collection. Landes constructed a mosaic of a river landscape while Mulenburg submitted four nature photographs.
The collection is designed to help support patients and families at the institute. Through its pamphlet, Avera states, “The healing power of art is vital to our philosophy to care for the whole person, body, mind and spirit.”
Both Landes and Mulenburg said the philosophy of Avera drew them to get involved.
“It was so cool to read,” Landes said. “This is a really great organization to get connected with.”
Mulenburg said she felt her photographs would be ideal for the institute and its efforts.
“I do tend to like really calming images. I do a lot with water reflections and clouds and all things nature,” she said.
For Landes, her involvement also was influenced by personal events, having seen her own mother go through cancer treatment.
“It gave me a purpose,” she said. “To have something physical in memory of my mom.”

For more, see the June 10 print edition of The Chronicle.