A bucket list item fulfilled: Lower Cape Fear Hospice holds art gallery to fulfill one patient’s dream

Marcia Zachary started painting in the 90’s when she moved to Ocean Isle Beach, and it’s been a passion of hers ever since.

Marcia Zachary started painting in the 90’s when she moved to Ocean Isle Beach, and it’s been a passion of hers ever since.

Today, she is a Lower Cape Fear Hospice patient. When hospice learned about Marcia’s passion for art and her desire for people to want to see her work, they knew what to do.

“We got to talking and she said one thing she had always dreamed about was having her own art show,” Lower Cape Fear Hospice Chaplain Mickie Norman said. “She said ‘It would kind of make me like a real artist.’”

Lower Cape Fear Hospice will often fulfill bucket list items of patients if it is feasible.

Marcia at Dane Delane Salon for her makeover.
Marcia at Dane Delane Salon for her makeover.

“In the course of learning who people are and their passions and what gave them meaning in life, sometimes arises something that is an unfinished item and it becomes like the bucket list thing,” Norman said. “And so whenever we can, we try to fulfill that for them and make that happen.”

Soon, everything started falling into place to make Marcia’s wish come true.

Volunteers at the Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash were able to find space to showcase Marcia’s paintings for a gallery that would last for about a week and a half.

Erica Edwards, a Lower Cape Fear Hospice volunteer, works at Dane Delane Salon in Ocean Isle Beach. When she heard an opening day event for Marcia’s gallery was going to be held, she wanted to make sure she was a part of the special day. So she let Marcia come to the salon to get her hair and makeup done for the event.

Edwards is also an artist herself, so she felt even more of a connection to Marcia.

“It’s the artist connection,” Edwards said. “When you have this artistic juice that flows inside of you and you want to share it, and then you get an opportunity for people to see it, it’s like that much more exciting.”

Lower Cape Fear Hospice was also able to get a limo for Marcia to take her from her house to the gallery for the event.

The limo that Lower Cape Fear Hospice was able to get to bring Marcia to her gallery opening.
The limo that Lower Cape Fear Hospice was able to get to bring Marcia to her gallery opening.

Marcia described the day as “overwhelming”, but in a good way.

“Everybody that has pitched in and has gotten this thing going, it’s just unbelievable,” Marcia said.

Coincidentally, Marcia even reunited with her former art teacher at the event.

When she first moved to Ocean Isle and started painting, she was taking lessons at the fire station.

Marilynn Walker, who was teaching those art lessons at the time, happened to see in the paper that Marcia was having an art show. She wasn’t sure it was one of her previous students but said Marcia’s paintings looked familiar.

When Walker got to the event, she asked Marcia if she remembered who her art teacher was and Marcia said Marilynn.

“I’m just overwhelmed that this many people are here,” Walker said. “I’m really happy for her. I’m really happy for her.”

The moment Marcia reunited with her former art teacher, Marilynn Walker.
The moment Marcia reunited with her former art teacher, Marilynn Walker.

Susan Kimmer, Marcia’s daughter also helped to celebrate her special day. Kimmer said it was hard to find words to describe what this day meant to her and her mom.

“She’s painted since the early 90’s,” Kimmer said. “This is just something she wanted to do. And it’s just overwhelming how everything has come together.”

All but two of Marcia’s paintings were for sale in the gallery. And almost all of those paintings sold.

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