The Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council has partnered with Magruder Hospital to create an art gallery within the hospital which will display the creative pieces of various local artists. The "Healing Arts Gallery" was created with the intent of sharing the talents of local artists while giving patients, visitors and employees at Magruder a visual experience.
"A hospital visit can be stressful, which is why hospitals nationwide have recognized the healing power of art and embraced the idea of a gallery to add comfort and beauty to the hospital experience," said Elisabeth Brand, Director of Marketing and PR at Magruder.
The mission of the Arts Council is to provide art and art related events to the community and to promote local artists. When the Arts Council approached the hospital about the gallery concept, it was a natural fit.
"We are really excited to give local artists another place to display their pieces. I am not sure people realize how much talent we have here in the area," said Carol Morgan, President of the Arts Council. "The majority of the art on display in the exhibits will be for sale," she added.
"The Healing Arts Gallery" will display artists for approximately 12 weeks in the hallway in front of the hospital's imaging department, an area frequented by patients and visitors that provides lots of natural light. The first gallery exhibit features Marblehead Artist Patricia Rose. Her favorite subject, horses, is featured in a series of pastel drawings.
"While we are starting with a smaller area of the hospital for the displays, it is something Magruder is willing to build upon in the future," said Brand.
There are two ways for local artists interested in applying for future gallery exhibits to get more information. Visit the Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council website at www.portclintonarts.org or stop by the local business and design shop, Keith A. Fleming, located at 132 E. 2nd Street in Port Clinton.