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On the Cover | Aug. 19, 2020

learn more about this issue's cover art from Patricia Hamm

artwork by Patricia Hamm |

“Chemo vs Creativity I” (2019), acrylic, stencil, ink, pencil, and marker, 20” x 20” by Patricia Hamm


Patricia Hamm, a longtime area artist, exhibits often at local venues. Her abstract artwork hangs in many locations and homes around the area. She has been a popular workshop instructor.

“This is one of three paintings that represent my struggle with cancer. I was diagnosed with a rare blood cancer in 2017. The worst part of the chemo was that it interfered with my creativity, and being a full-time artist, it the worst thing that can happen.

“I feel that I am lost without my creativity. At first I didn’t even want to go to my studio, but finally did, and I’d try to paint, and everything looked horrible. I kept trying.

“After many months I finally started on one that was working. As you can see the lower left has a darker tone, and I see that as my cancer. I kept trying, working farther into the circle, the shapes began to become light and happier. I emerged with this, the first painting in the series. They all hang at the Pablo Center in the Laurie Bieze Gallery.”

–The Artist

Volume One finds its cover art in a number of ways, from local art shows to random emails to knowing someone who knows someone who knows a great artist. The art always originates from a current or former Chippewa Valley resident. If you'd like to submit cover art, send us a message.