Healing arts at St. Luke’s Hospital

Published 3:20 pm Tuesday, January 28, 2014

St. Luke’s Hospital is fortunate to house some of the most beautiful original artwork in Polk County. Coordinated by the Tryon Painters and Sculptors (TPS), the revolving exhibit changes approximately every six months. What once was a small exhibit has more than tripled to 155 pieces representing 47 local artists.
The art exhibit has expanded from only covering the St. Luke’s back hall to now include the inpatient hallway leading to the nurse’s station and the walls of several departments and waiting rooms. This requires many additional works of art, so TPS has extended an invitation to exhibit to other artists in the community. Anyone interested in displaying an oil painting, a watercolor or a sculpture that can hang on a wall, call Jean Wright with TPS at 828-859-8359. This rotation will hang from February – August 2014.
To be included in the exhibit, TPS will need the artwork delivered to the classroom at St. Luke’s Hospital on Friday, Feb. 14 and Saturday, Feb. 15. Please have artwork ready to hang with secure wire (no brackets) and clearly labeled with title, media, price, name and contact information. Please remember to sign a St. Luke’s liability waiver, which will be in a folder on the classroom table. Current exhibitors may pick up their artwork during this time frame.
There is no limit on the number of works an artist can submit, but remember:
• Because the exhibit is in a public space, nudes are not appropriate.
• The halls have high traffic. Fragile items are not suggested. There are a few protected spaces where we have successfully hung clay masks.
• Please have your piece ready to hang with a secure wire. No bracket hangers.
• Call Jean at 828-859-8359 to discuss display opportunity for sculpture.
“We’re extremely pleased to provide a venue for local artists to display their talent, but we’re also hopeful that these original paintings are truly healing arts,” said Ken Shull, St. Luke’s Hospital CEO. “Not only do our staff and visitors appreciate creative expressions, I know our patients have and will benefit greatly.”

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by Jennifer Wilson

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