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July 27, 2011

Artists' work on display at Cedarhurst

MT. VERNON — Artists whose work has been chosen to hang in the new Good Samaritan Regional Health Center were announced Tuesday, with local, regional and state artists chosen.

The artists were chosen through a collaborative effort between a hospital art committee and Cedarhurst Center for the Arts.

“We have been fortunate in our relationship with Cedarhurst, and this was also a way to include the community,” said Phil Gustafson, SSM regional vice president and CEO of St. Mary’s Good Samaritan. “It has been a lot of fun to look at the various art.”

“I think this is a great project and thankful for our partnership with Cedarhurst and the people who chose the artwork,” said Mike Warren, president of Good Samaritan Regional Health Center.

The theme which will be incorporated in art and design throughout the new facility emphasizes nature and its healing properties. Art was chosen based on the theme, explained Cedarhurst Executive Director Sharon Bradham.

“The hospital wanted to do something with the art that also reflects the area and the artists from the region,” Bradham said. “We put together a list of artists and had a number of meetings with the art committee to find the right art that was peaceful, calm and still creates interest. It was really a committee effort.”

Bradham’s work and that of Cedarhurst Visual Art Director Rusty Freeman were applauded by hospital officials during the unveiling of the artists chosen. Gustafson said he was impressed with the “diverse, but complimentary artists that come together.” Gustafson also quoted Aristotle, saying, “The soul never thinks without an image.”

“This is a blending of the science of healthcare, emotions and the connection between mind and body in healing,” Gustafson said of choosing artwork for the new facility, adding there has been much research into the area of physical healing versus the mind, attitude, soul and spirit.

“These artists, through their work, will help heal the mind and spirit and give a sense of hope, well being and healing to the patients and their families.”

Artists and their works that will be on display are: Annelies Heijnen, Mt. Vernon, ceramics; Sarah Capps, Belle Rive, painting; Dan Overturf, Carbondale, panoramic photography; Cameron Smith and Jan Thomas, Murphysboro, glass; Dorian Allworthy, Chicago, painting; Donald Lake, Champaign, painting; Sharon Zimmerman, Argenta, painting; Harold Gregor, Bloomington, prints; Lindsay Stouffer, St. Louis, metal sculpture; Joan Hall, St. Louis, fiber art; Carol Carter, St. Louis, watercolor; and Rodney Winfield, California, stained glass. A photography contest for amateur photographers to have work displayed is ongoing.

According to Gustafson, the committee has received more than 1,800 photographs for consideration.

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