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From the Heart: Local Artist Sherri Stager Debuts New Exhibit

by UPMC Susquehanna

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From a brush with death to capturing life through her brushstrokes, Sherri Stager of Mansfield is grateful and excited to be sharing her heart’s passion through a new art exhibit at UPMC Susquehanna Soldiers + Sailors.
 
A few years ago, Stager’s husband insisted they come to Soldiers + Sailors emergency room following a severe dizzy spell, where she learned she was on the verge of a Type 3 heart block. “Being a competitive cyclist at the time, I never dreamed I would have heart problems,” she explained. “They whisked me to their sister hospital in Williamsport where a team of cardiac experts installed a pacemaker. I’m alive today thanks to their amazing cardiology team.”
 
She’s proud to say she’s back to painting with a new set of nature, pets and portrait paintings, for sale now through April 9 to help benefit the hospital’s auxiliary.
 
“I have always loved art, but I’d shelved my art passions in pursuit of my career as a registered dietitian. It wasn’t until the summer of 2013 that I picked up the brushes and started painting,” she said. “It felt wonderful to be creating again. I really enjoy creating whimsical pet portraits—a nod to my love of animals, especially dogs.”
 
UPMC Susquehanna Soldiers + Sailors’ Gallery of Art features exhibits by local artists throughout the year for the enjoyment of patients, visitors, and employees.
 
For more information, to become an exhibited artist, or to purchase artwork, please contact Faith Preston, Volunteer Coordinator, at (570) 723-0191 or prestonf@upmc.edu.
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