WiVLA MONTHLY MEETING: "Physician Crafters"
June 18, 2019, 5:45pm
Archway Gallery
2305 Dunlavy St.

Doctors by day, crafters by night, Mollie Gordon, Marlene Morales Tollett and Sumreen Vaid-Pinyard are three local physicians who’ve found a haven and creative outlet in art. The three are part of nationwide Facebook group with thousands of members, Physician Mom Crafters. Many say art has also helped their medical practice. We will hear from: Dr. Mollie Gordon is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) and the Medical Director of the Anti-Human Trafficking Program at BCM. She has numerous research publications and is passionate about the intersection between human trafficking and mental health. She is a founding member of the Houston Health Care Consortium on Human Trafficking and the Southern Co-Chair for AMWA-PATH. She recently founded the division of Global Mental Health at BCM. She prefers paper crafts and building installations for step and repeats. She donates her crafts to Dec My Room, a non-profit that decorates rooms for children receiving inpatient care.

Dr. Marlene Morales Tollett is a board certified diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology who specializes in comprehensive ophthalmology and oculoplastic surgery. She rediscovered painting after her medical training, and says she finds it to be an incredible escape. She creates monochromatic watercolor portraits and also enjoys embroidery. Because of her art, she is a happier mom, wife, physician, friend and daughter, she says. In 2018, she drew the speaker portraits for the TEDMED conference. Dr. Sumreen Vaid-Pinyard is an assistant professor in Anesthesiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center. She is a single mom of two children who she says inspire many of the day-to-day crafting she does. She’s up for trying any technique, and in the past few years has enjoyed watercolors, combining various media with resin, and marbling paints. Art is a time she can be quiet and in the moment.

Join us at the monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 18th to hear their fascinating presentation.

5:45 – 6:15 Mix and Mingle with light refreshments
6:15 – 6:30 Short business meeting
6:30 – 7:30 Program with Q&A
7:30 Restore Archway Gallery’s chairs and food bar to their rightful order and then, optionally, go for dinner at Paulie’s (dutch treat, 1834 Westheimer)

"An ekphrastic poem is like a jolt of electricity surging through a work of art"
- Patricia Smith, ARTLines2

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