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Artists reach out to Kenya in holiday season


Chris Halls Emily Anticipates her First Flight, on - display at Starbucks through December.
  • Chris Halls Emily Anticipates her First Flight, on display at Starbucks through December.

In Kenya this past summer her first time in a Third World country Chris Hall visited her daughter and assisted her in the understaffed healthcare facilities. When she got back, she wasn't the same person.

"It changed me as I think it changes everyone," the Pikes Peak Hospice registered nurse says. "When you come back, you see things differently; you realize how much we have, and our obligation to share with very deserving people."

On her quest to "give them something meaningful this Christmas," Hall chose to use her talent as a painter to host an art show at a downtown Starbucks. Her art will be displayed along with that of Frederick Lyle Morris, a soldier and fellow artist recently returned from Iraq, whose impressionist oil paintings have sold out in shows worldwide.

"My whole reason for donating art is to help others," Morris says. "If it benefits others and helps them to achieve their goals, I'm the guy to call."

Both artists will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from their art sales to the Kisumu Hospice and the Young Generation Center Orphanage in Kisumu, Kenya.

Hall's acrylic paintings primarily consist of animals representing lost patients. One particular painting, "Emily Anticipates her First Flight," is of an owl, symbolic of one of the many AIDS patients she encountered while serving in the Kisumu Hospice. She remembers a 19-year-old girl who came in with an "innocent, great big-eyed look" thinking she'd be cured on the spot and failing to comprehend the disease's grave reality. She died in hospice that same day.

"It is a pattern for me," Hall says, "to make sense out of an experience through painting."

Works by Chris Hall and Frederick Lyle Morris
Starbucks, 7 S. Tejon St.
Exhibit runs through Dec. 31; Conversation with the artists, Dec. 21, 2-5 p.m.
Free; donations accepted.

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