Nancy Dunaway, a native of Conway and former head of Henderson State University’s Art Department, will have a showing of her works during gallery walk at the Artchurch Studio in Hot Springs from 6-8 p.m. Jan. 7.

The exhibit will continue through January.

Dunaway left Conway 18 years ago to teach at Henderson. The daughter of the late Dr. Ed and Eula (Gordy) Dunaway, she graduated from Conway High School in 1965 and Hendrix College with a BA in studio art in 1969.

Six months after her retirement from HSU in 2007, Dunaway learned she had breast cancer.

"More Life Lessons ... ", the title of the exhibit, is a reflection of the last two-and-a-half years of her life.

"I hope it will give a beautiful positive view of the experience I went through in my journey to wellness," she said.

Many styles of visual art are represented.

"We are all mortal and will all eventually leave this earth," she said. "Facing a life-threatening illness is truly life-changing. Having a visual voice to work through and deal with this is truly a gift.

"As the work began to reveal itself to me, I was feverish with excitement and I am still. I know I am not through creating work that reflects this experience," she said.

Half of the proceeds from any art sold at this exhibition will go to I Promise, a new foundation begun by Dr. Tim Webb of the Genesis Cancer Center to help cancer patients in need of financial assistance to receive treatment and other support.