Art Exhibit Focuses On Living With Pain, Depicted By Those Who Experience It

Roses & Thorns, one of the art works on display in the “Paint Your Pain” at Overlook Hospital. (Image courtesy of Overlook Hospital)

SUMMIT – From constant, dagger-like sharpness, to searing heat, to confining isolation, the many perceptions of pain are rendered in intimate detail by those who suffer from it in a new art exhibit opening at the Pain Management Center at Overlook Hospital this month.

A reception on Wednesday, March 9, will open “Paint Your Pain,” an arts therapy initiative that allows individuals to express how pain affects their lives. The Pain Management Center program was created as a long-term teaching display by having participants submit a work of art that tells others about their pain experience.


“Everyone experiences pain at one point or another and each individual is the best judge of his or her own pain,” said Rosemary Smith, RN, clinical coordinator “The Pain Management Center team at Overlook Hospital believes that through art, people can increase awareness of self and others, cope with symptoms, stress and traumatic experiences.”

The approximately 25 piece-exhibits includes artwork in a variety of mediums, created by those who experience chronic pain, including patients at the center, as well as family and friends who have expressed their own impressions of sharing the pain of loved ones.

The Pain Management Center, a part of the Atlantic Neuroscience Institute, is a multidisciplinary outpatient facility that strives to minimize pain in a minimally invasive manner. Housed in the state-of-the-art Medical Arts Building II, the Pain Management Center is staffed by nationally-recognized pain management experts, who diagnose and treat a wide variety of conditions, from post operative pain, to back and neck pain, to cancer pain. Treatments at the center include pain management, interventional procedures, nutrition, neurology, podiatry, behavioral health and integrative medicine such as massage and acupuncture.

The reception, from 6-7 p.m., is open to the public and free of charge. Registration is required; call 1-800-247-9580.

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