Hospice of Santa Barbara Hosts “Seeing as Healing” Art Reception with Randall VanderMey

Randall VanderMey, PhD., has taught writing and literature at Westmont College for the last 28 years, but he recently found a new creative outlet right at the tips of his fingers.

After resisting jumping into photography for over 40 years, VanderMey discovered that by taking photos with his phone, he could write and share poetry with a completely new audience. Since 2016, VanderMey has been sharing his iPhone photography and accompanying poems daily on Instagram at @rvandermey.

Hospice of Santa Barbara (HSB) featured VanderMey’s iPhone photography at an evening art reception at HSB’s headquarters in Santa Barbara on Thursday, August 17. The event, titled “Seeing as Healing,” was free to attend, and 25% of the sales were donated to benefit Hospice of Santa Barbara programs.

Hospice of Santa Barbara CEO David Selberg with writer and iPhone photographer Randall VanderMey, PhD., at the “Seeing as Healing” art reception on Thursday, August 17 (Courtesy photo).

Randall’s wife, Dana VanderMey, served as Director of Volunteers at HSB for 17 years, and both Randall and Dana are members of HSB’s Legacy Society and Shining Light Society.

Hospice of Santa Barbara provides professional counseling, support groups, and patient care services free of charge to individuals and families who are grieving the death of a loved one or experiencing the impact of a life-threatening illness. Hospice of Santa Barbara also provides counseling in our offices and on eleven local junior and high school campuses to children and teens who are grieving the loss of a loved one. For more information about Hospice of Santa Barbara, including volunteer opportunities, call (805) 563-8820 or visit www.hospiceofsantabarbara.org.

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