The general public is welcome to see the halls lined with art painted by chemotherapy patients in Feist-Weiller Cancer Center in Shreveport. The paint-by-number job is an incoming procedure through the Arts in Medicine program. Tiana Kennell/ The Times

Northwest Louisiana painter Susan Duke didn’t envision cancer for her own life, but it is a battle she  now fights daily.

Duke has been diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer. And as she continues treatment, she must also face the medical expenses that are adding up. As a result of prices, she’ll be offering discounts onto her first artwork to cover hospital bills.  

“The Colors of My Life,” a solo exhibition for Duke, opens with a reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 6 in Central ARTSTATION, 801 Crockett St. in downtown Shreveport.

The opening coincides with the December Downtown ArtWalk’s Shop Local Artists Week, Dec. 3-9.

“My solo series, ““The Colours of My Body,” showcases a wide range of my ardent palette knife oil paintings–out of Impressionist landscapes and figurative works to vibrant abstracts,” Duke said in a press release.

The display will be financed by community collectors and members of Duke’s work: Janie Landry, Joe Kane and Liz Swaine.

Duke’s vibrant, daring and colorful paintings will be discounted by 75 percent or more than the retail value.  

The neighborhood also is invited to attend “Hats Off to Susan,” a unique tribute from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Central ARTSTATION. Attendees are requested to put on a hat, scarf or cap to demonstrate support for your artist.  

The celebratory event will include food, drinks and art available for purchase.   “Hats Off to Susan” is sponsored by her own collectors and eased by the Shreveport Regional Arts Council’s Collectors’ app.

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