Mike Twamley Jan 11th, 2010
I just spoke with Barbara this afternoon and
she's doing well. She had a very rough week last week but she's come
through. It looks like she may be discharged in the next 2 days to a
recovery facility for about 5 days and then she'll be headed home to
complete her recovery.
Her prognosis is good. The doctors told her they think they got it
all and that it didn't look like the cancer had spread. She may not
need chemo and will find out in the next few days. She's in great
spirits and I read her the comments from the forum. She got a real
kick out of hearing her old friends names again and was so touched
when she heard all of the wonderful things people were saying...it's
a real boost for her.
I'll keep you posted as things progress.
Mike Twamley Jan 6th, 2010
I'm sending this email on behalf of Barbara.
I read your email to her and she was really touched by your kind
words and moved to hear she has made such an impression. She spoke
highly of you and your work.
She asked me to let you know about her current situation. Barbara is
in the St. Joseph's Health Centre in Toronto, Ontario recovering
from an operation. She has lung cancer and had an operation on
January 4 to remove the tumor. I saw Barbara last night and spoke
with her today, she is in good spirits, a lot of pain, but doing
Barbara is a fantastic artist and has wonderful energy. She's just a
bundle of creativity and is always on the go with some project or
another. Life has been tough for her and I'm sure she's definitely
seen better days. All that said, Barb keeps moving forward and tries
to keep a positive outlook.
Barbara had lined up an exhibit at a local gallery for the end of
January. Given her current condition, myself and a colleague are
looking into making this happen for her while she's incapacitated.
Once I have details I will forward them to you for posting on the
Corridor Tribe website.
Please feel free to share with her CT friends the above information.
I will keep you posted as to how things are progressing. In the
meantime, if anyone wanted to send cards or letters, she is expected
to be at St. Joseph's until January 11th at the least and will then
move to a rehabilitation facility for further recovery.
The address of St. Joseph's is:
St. Joseph's Health Centre
Attn: Barbara Mann
3M 14, bed 2
30 The Queensway
Phone: 1416 5306000 punch: 1 Bed: 2077
Stephen Goodfellow remembers:
I arrived in the Corridor in 1975, ready to go
for my Masters at Wayne State University. My head was full of those
silly little voices, so-called instructors from my art student days
in Hull in the North of
To many of them - with notable exceptions - painting was something
to be avoided. The conceptualist rave was hot, and anybody using a
paintbrush was to be ostracized.
Of course, I had messed around with the human figure. My foundation
course was fairly rigorous, so I has some decent underpinnings.
However, in my BFA course, I could only paint figures furtively, at home so
as to avoid the endless verbal diarrhea of the conceptualist staff.
By the time I got to the Corridor, I was secretive and confused
about my including humans in my paintings.
This all changed overnight when I happened to
chance across a show which included Barbara Greene's fantastic imagery.
There are not many times in an artists career there one can place
ones finger on a single defining moment. For me, it was Barbara
Greene's artwork. Put simply, it set me free.
It is with great pleasure that I later had the opportunity to exhibit
in a show with her.
Barbara left Detroit sometime in the early
80's. Until today I did not know what became of her.
Barbara Greene here.