Gathering Goodness Mosaic leaving Houlton, traveling to New York

Published: Nov. 19, 2016 at 12:46 PM EST
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The Gathering Goodness Mosaic at the Houlton Regional Hospital was taken down on Wednesday. News Source 8's Nicole Duplessis caught up with the artist who is the reason behind this 108 piece of work.

"Four years ago on December 18th I had surgery to determine that I had ovarian cancer stage 3C," said Susan York.

Unfortunate results that lead her on a challenging journey, but one that brought much prayer that left York with a sensation of peace, love and joy. This sensation lead her to create this mosaic.

"I wanted to be able to give that back to other people who were focusing on a hard thing with cancer or other kind of healing or other kind of sorrow," said York.

She began a kick starter campaign and from there the gathering goodness mosaic came to life. It's made up of 108 portraits painted by her, but come from all around the world. She invited anyone that wanted to share art pieces with her that inspire peace, love and joy. She ended up receiving 600 photographs, 108 of those are in this mosaic.

"I really wanted to make sure that I left something that was positive in impact and it makes you recognize and appreciate everyday," said York.

The Houlton Regional Hospital is the first stop on this mosaic's journey. York is a native of Houlton and she wanted to showcase the mosaic in places that helped and treated her along her journey.

"It means a lot to be to be able to have it where my mom can come see it, where the people that I grew up with can see my work," said York.

From diagnosis, to painting to sharing. All her way of giving back.

The mosaic has been showcased at the hospital since July, and its next stop is Kingston, New York. A farewell ceremony for the mosaic was held at the Houlton Regional Hospital on Wednesday.