Artist/Educator Dr. Rebecca Decoct Burrell featured to speak

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Dr Rebecca Burrell is featured to speak at Studio 55

Dr. Rebecca Burrell, Adjunct Professor of Education at Drury University, will give a presentation on the Cox Health's Partners in Creative Care at the April 12th meeting of Studio 55. This program demonstrates how the arts are applied to comfort and bring hope to patients' spirits. In her visits to patients, Dr. Burrell uses simple materials such as Christmas wrapping paper and tinsel to create inspirational, thirteen-inch tall, angelic symbols.

The Partners in Creative Care program was developed and implemented by Dr. Burrell in 1995. She as served as the Volunteer Coordinator since its inception. The program received the Extraordinary Program Award in 2000 from the American Society of Directors of Volunteer Services.

Burrell is endowed with a special gift of using her art to bring a special awareness to life situations and freely shares this expertise in programs, seminars and classes to inspire others. In addition to teaching at Drury University, she is a retired art educator and art coordinator for the Springfield R12 Public Schools. 

Dr. Burrell will also display three of her current body of work entitled "Ethereality: A Vision of Beyond." This is a series of acrylic/collage paintings focused on ethereal reality, envisioning landscapes and the world beyond.
Following the presentation, Studio 55 Fine Arts Guild members and visitors are invited to participate in an artist “show and share." The program is free and open to the public. Join us from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 12th in “The Gallery” at National Avenue Christian Church, 1515 S. National Ave., Springfield, Missouri.

Studio 55 is a member of the Springfield Regional Arts Council and organized in 1996 and welcomes visual artists of all media and those who appreciate art. To learn more about the guild, please visit the website

Monthly programs and meetings are free and open to the public. For more information contact Sandra Letson at 417-869-7812.

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