NATICK, Mass. – Vartus Varadian’s Chinese watercolor brush paintings are on display at the Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary of the Massachusetts Audubon Society in Natick, Mass. from August 1 to 31. The exhibition of paintings, called “Beauty in Bloom,” is primarily of various types of flowers. An opening reception was held on August 5 with the artist.
A cancer survivor, Vartus took up this style of painting as a way of personal therapy upon the completion of her treatments. She also began dragon boat paddling as part of a team, which certain studies show is beneficial to breast cancer survivors. She designed the website for the Wellness Warriors, Massachusett’s first dragon boat team for cancer survivors.
Vartus is a graphic designer and art director who has worked for numerous advertising agencies, design studios and companies in the Boston area, most recently at IBM. She sits on the board of the Newton Art Association and the Chinese Painting Guild (http://chinesepaintingguild.com/index.html), and is responsible for publicity, communications and design. She teaches elementary students and cancer survivors Chinese brush painting through Newton Community Education and Facing Cancer Together.
For more information on the exhibition, see https://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/broadmoor/exhibits/beauty-in-bloom. Some of Vartus’ prints and cards are available at https://www.etsy.com/shop/Vartus.