Melbourne artist dedicates exhibition to hospital
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Melbourne artist dedicates exhibition to hospital

Kelson's wish is to give back all proceeds from the sale of his pieces to the Cabrini Foundation, in support of palliative and supportive care services.

Artist Jeffrey Kelson with his work.
Artist Jeffrey Kelson with his work.

Jewish artist and Cabrini Hospital volunteer, Jeffrey Kelson, is dedicating his latest exhibition to the compassion and care he receives at Cabrini.

A long-time grateful patient and carer, Kelson has had his fair share of health challenges, receiving treatment for several heart attacks, blood clots and a number of surgeries at Cabrini.

Then in late 2022, Kelson received a shock diagnosis of late- stage pancreatic cancer and is currently receiving care at Cabrini Malvern.

In a celebration of life, the artist has set about creating a body of abstract works that are both uplifting and life affirming. “I call them Celebrations,” he said.

The works are mixed media on canvas, with a predominance of collage and colour. “They represent the flow of life and are windows into my life’s experiences and a response to my diagnosis,” said Kelson.

Kelson’s wish is to give back all proceeds from the sale of his pieces to the Cabrini Foundation, in support of palliative and supportive care services.

“My connection to Cabrini is so strong – this is my way of thanking Cabrini for the many years of wonderful health support that we have received from this very special hospital, and also show that my reaction to the diagnosis I received has been to celebrate the life I have,” Kelson shared.

In conjunction with National Volunteers Week, from May 8-19 Cabrini Hospital will exhibit a selection of Jeffrey’s Celebrations collection in the main reception foyer at Cabrini Malvern in gratitude for Cabrini’s care.

For information on Kelson’s collection of work, to purchase a piece, or to make a donation to Cabrini palliative care, contact: [email protected] or call 9508 1760.

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