The film, “Holding Our Own,” will be shown at 5:30 p.m. Produced by Camilla Rockwell, the hour-long movie explores the process of death and dying and features Scherer, the hospice chorus Hallowell, and Dr. Ira Byock, author of “Dying Well.” Rockwell embraces the process of aging and dying as a natural part of life that demonstrates the humanity and dignity of the individual and the vital supportive role of the community.
A community-campus consortium brought the exhibit and Scherer to Greenville in January. Scherer uses fabric as paint, thread as brushstrokes and mortality as theme in two traveling exhibitions depicting intergenerational and nontraditional families from culturally diverse groups.
The exhibit has been made possible in part by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. It has been sponsored by the End of Life Care Coalition of Eastern Carolina in collaboration with East Carolina University faculty and staff, surrounding community members, entities and businesses.
Scherer studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and developed her distinctive narrative approach with fabric and thread in the 1970s. She has presented in more than 150 solo and group shows nationally and internationally. She received the 2008 Humanities Award from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and was featured last year in an hour-long documentary by Vermont Public Television. Scherer and her husband live in Vermont, where she is a studio artist.
For more information on the artist, go to http://www.dscherer.com/. For more information on the exhibit, call Annette Greer at ECU at 252-744-1263, Susan Redding at the End of Life Care Coalition at 252-847-0868, or Charlotte Fitz at the Greenville Museum of Art at 252-758-1946.