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‘Journey of Grief and Healing’ gallery opens

The current Unitarian Universalist Art Gallery features “A Tribute to Esme, a Journey of Grief and Healing,” by Lisa Siders-Kenney.

Siders-Kenney is an artist and quilt maker living in Greenbank. The quilt exhibit sprang from grief as she returned to her artistic work in the wake of the murder of her beloved daughter, Esme.

There will be a reception for the artist from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5. The commemorative quilt will be displayed at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Whidbey Island, located at 20103 Highway 525, Freeland.

On March 7, 2009, just weeks after her 13th birthday, Esme Louise Kenney was abducted and killed while jogging near her Cincinatti home by a known murderer and sex offender.

Shortly after Esme’s murder, a call went out to Lisa’s friends for entries for “The Esme Kenney Memorial Quilt.” Outraged by this crime against a vibrant young woman, friends, family and the community resoundingly responded with over one hundred participants submitting squares depicting memories of Esme or paying tribute to her joyful spirit. The resulting 20-foot by 7-foot quilt is the focus for this exhibit.


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