For inquiries and comments regarding this exhibit at The Gathering Place contact Kristina Austin at 216-244-5532
Last week Angelo Merendino hung his photography exhibit The Battle We Didn’t Choose: My Wife’s Fight with Breast Cancer in our art gallery at The Gathering Place West. The photographs chronicle Jennifer Merendino’s breast cancer journey which ended in her untimely death. We know that these aren’t merely photographs; they are a glimpse into a very personal and emotional journey.
Shortly after the exhibit was hung some of our volunteers (many of whom are cancer survivors) and our participants found it very difficult and emotionally upsetting to see the exhibition. Because our mission at The Gathering Place is to provide a peaceful, healing and nurturing environment where our participants feel supported and encouraged, we have chosen to remove the exhibit so as to not add to the emotional challenges a cancer journey creates.
We take full responsibility and recognize that we made a mistake in not realizing how overwhelming such an exhibit would be to our participants prior to it being hung in our Westlake gallery. We are deeply sorry for the angst that we have caused Mr. Merendino. We know that he put much time, energy and emotion in bringing this exhibit to The Gathering Place. We want to go on record that The Battle We Didn’t Choose: My Wife’s Fight with Breast Cancer is a well done, powerful and important portrayal of a family’s cancer journey.
We cannot change the outcome of this experience but we have learned from it. We now have a committee that will review all art before it is placed in either of our galleries. We thank those that have provided very honest feedback to us and appreciate your being a part of our caring community as we continue to fulfill our mission of supporting, educating and empowering those individuals and families touched by cancer.
Please direct any inquiries regarding this statement to:
Kristina Austin, Director of Community Relations and Marketing, The Gathering Place, 216-595-9546 or firstname.lastname@example.org