Exhibit Shows Healing Arts More Than Just Medical
“It’s proven that art can reduce anxiety,” said Sue Kett, healing art consultant for Adventist Midwest Health.
There is a tremendous breadth and variety of work on display — from small but vivid landscape paintings, to portraits to interesting and revealing mixed media pieces and crisp photographs as well as interesting graphic design pieces incorporating scripture. The pieces all have a hopefulness as well as a respect shown to the subject matter so that they are in some way inspirational, which was important or they would not have been selected for the show.
Some works are more obviously the products of talented amateurs and others, including several of the paintings, are the works of professional artists. Various departments in the four hospitals were given the Adventist logo — that swirling, candle-looking piece of graphic art — and then told to create an art work that reflected their department using the logo as a guideline. The submissions are impressive and thought-provoking.
This will be the first of more arts-related programming the hospital will be offering, according to Kett, who herself has two paintings on display.
In the future, Kett sees more rotating visual art exhibits as well as musical performances in the hospital’s new lobby atrium. The Healing Arts program also offers art cart activities to patients’ bedsides. The Healing Art Exhibit will be hung until Nov. 29.