What are the gifts of creative expression? Can creativity help us navigate illness and grief? Artist and Certified Educator for Golden Artist Colors Melanie Brannan uses painting and writing to share stories of her journey with House Manager and Gallery Director Maryann Wegloski through nodular melanoma diagnosis. In this podcast, Melanie reveals her current solo show "A Celebration of Friendship" at the Eisemann Center for Performing Arts in Richardson, Texas. Each painting includes a descriptive story that explains the love, laughter, and lament experienced through Melanie’s and Maryann’s journey together. Conversation highlights include the importance of appreciating our relationships, investing in our friends, and the art of listening. There is a spiritual gift in every life experience if only we decide to be present to what is. The exhibit remains on display from March 3 through May 31, 2021. One hundred percent of the sales after expenses will be donated to AIM at Melanoma Foundation. For more information about Melanie and her current exhibition, visit www.melaniembrannan.com or purchase paintings at www.urbanartistmarket.com.