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Mary Beth Volpini - Stacked

“Stacked” acrylic on watercolor paper hearts was donated to the “Canvas of Hope” fundraising 2023 Gala for Art & Creativity for Healing

“Love is the Center” acrylic on canvas was donated to the 2023 “Canvas of Hope” fundraising Gala for Art & Creativity for Healing

love is the center - mary beth volpini


love is the antidote to darkness

“Love… the Antidote to Darkness” acrylic on canvas was donated to the 2022 “Hats off to Giving” Fundraising Gala for Art & Creativity for Healing

“When Your Creative Friends Plant Your Garden” a hand-marbled, hand-torn paper collage was donated to the 2022 “Hats off to Giving” Fundraising Gala for Art & Creativity for Healing

when your creative friends plant your garden


“Grinch” & “Cindy Lou Who” were donated to the Third Annual Red Dot Auction to raise funds for the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity


Two of my pieces, Mothers with Cancer and Sisters in Survival were published in this special insert that coincided with the Orange County Komen Race for the Cure.

Participated in the Annual Balboa Island Art Walk

Donated this piece for the Second Annual Red Dot Auction to raise funds for the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity

My “shift gears” was presented as cure #137 and even more excited to be given an Artist’s Spotlight on page 102 in this fabulous book by Linda Krall and Amy Runyen.


Somerset Studios call for submissions subject was fearless. My fear LESS love MORE piece was selected for publication in the May/June 2011 issue.


Cloth, Paper, Scissors editor, Jenn Mason, asked me to paint a piece of canvas that artist, Jodi Kahn would turn into a no-sew tote bag. They had mentioned that they admired my torn paper flowers and wondered if I would recreate that feeling on canvas. My canvas that was turned into a no-sew tote bag, using duct tape was shown with three other mixed media artists in the Holiday 2010/2011 Gifts Issue.

Imagine my surprise the day this publication arrived in my mailbox. My other submission for the 2011 Calendar Contest, “Flower Garden”, was selected as a “Judge’s Choice” in the Cloth, Paper, Scissors September/October 2010 Issue.

The theme for the 2011 Cloth, Paper, Scissors Second Annual Calendar was “Make it Pretty”. I submitted two pieces as I did the previous year. I was thrilled to receive word that not only was one of my collages selected, but it was chosen to grace the 2011 cover.

My “Art Saves” story was published in “Readers Share” of the new website Crescendoh.

I was proud to be included with the many talented artists represented in Volume 2 of Somerset Apprentice published in March 2010. I wrote an article on my inspiration and process of my work “Dark & Light”.


The 2010 Calendar winners were announced in the September/October 2009 Issue of Cloth, Paper, Scissors.

Cloth, Paper, Scissors Magazine sent out a call for submissions for their first annual Calendar to be published for the year 2010. I submitted two entries for the theme…”Life is Like a Box of…” . My piece, “Fortune Cookies” was selected for the month of December 2010.

I was excited to be published in the July/August 2009 Issue of Somerset Studio. My “Sisters in Survival” piece was my interpretation of the broader theme of “Sisters”.

I was interviewed by World Health News Today regarding blogging and cancer. The piece titled “RX Blogging” aired in January 2009. The blog site Mothers with Cancer, of which I am a contributing author, was highlighted.


My daughter and I are shown holding “Always in My Heart” at the non-profit organization KidsKonnected fundraising Gala in October 2008. Kids Konnected helps children who have a parent with cancer or have passed from the disease cope with their emotions. This piece was created especially for the event as a thank you to the organization for the support given to our family during my cancer battle.

I was interviewed along with my daughter on our involvement with the organization KidsKonnected aired on World Health News Today in November 2008.

One of my goals while on this new journey was to have my work published. I answered a call for submissions for the theme “Provence”. Imagine my excitement to see my work, “Market Place” selected for publication in the July/August 2008 Issue of Somerset Studio.

Survivorship –“Free as a Bird” group art piece was featured on the Hoag Hospital flyer for National Survivor’s Day. My rainbow wings are located in the bottom center of the work. The original work hangs in Hoag Hospital, Newport Beach, CA.

In June 2008, a new blog was created to help female cancer survivors, specifically Mothers. Although the cancer “club” was not a group I asked to join, I am proud to be a contributing author to this amazing site. www is a group of twenty or so, Mothers with cancer. Each of us has a different cancer type, stage, and/or prognosis. Each of us has children, from babies to teenagers, and each child has their own unique reaction to the cancer and the ensuing changes in everyone’s lives. We are very different, but we agree on one thing: this experience needs to be talked about, to be brought out of the shadows, and the whole family supported when one member is diagnosed with a serious illness like cancer. Our experience may not be your experience. However, it is experience, and we’re here to share one very important message: you are not alone.

My personal story of how art has helped to heal me throughout my life and my journey through cancer was included in this book, Art for Healing – Painting Your Heart Out by the founder of Art & Creativity for Healing Inc., Laurie Zagon.

In April 2008, I wanted to set the wheels in motion for a new venture of making a living as an artist. While brainstorming my company name, (I love coming up with names)…I was thinking of all of the things that I enjoy… I said “I love color… I always have… I guess I am just drawn to color.”… And thus my new company was born.

I entered the Blogosphere in January 2008 with ; it became a place to share my process of re-designing my life after cancer and my journey as an artist.


November 3 – 28, 2007
Breast Cancer Exhibit/Fundraiser
The ARTbar – Santa Ana, California
“Cancer Lesson”

OC Register Article
September 22, 2007
Race for the Cure – Survivor to Step Up – My story of what a difference a year makes

Our family participated in Art & Creativity for Healing’s annual video “Helping is Healing” shown that their 2007 fundraising events.

Winner of Art and Creativity for Healing’s 2007 “Inspire Your Heart with Art” contest.