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SXU Gallery hosts painter Mary Porterfield

Exhibit to run through Oct. 22

<#IMAGE:10#>Chicago (Oct. 7, 2008) Artist, teacher and occupational therapist Mary Porterfield’s work is being displayed until Oct. 22 at Saint Xavier University’s SXU Gallery, 3700 W. 103rd St., Chicago.

Porterfield’s paintings draw upon experiences from her work as an occupational therapist. They portray her lack of control in helping those who cannot be saved as she attempts to bring organization to chaos.

Porterfield stated that the images she uses are drawn from “natural disasters and fragmented landscapes.”

“The hardships that my patients endure are a microcosm of a world besieged with tragedies, such as natural disasters and human suffering,” said Porterfield. “Reflecting upon my difficulty changing circumstances in the lives of my patients corresponds to the larger picture of being overwhelmed by the problems of humanity.”

The exhibit is free and open to the public. The SXU Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, please contact the SXU Gallery at (773) 298-3081.