MGHF 2011 Arts Calendar to Debut in October
MGHF Arts Commission’s 1st annual calendar that features the 40 winning pieces of student art from 2009 Students’ Art Project (see story above) will go on sale this month. The 2011 calendar will be available at the gift bar in Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics, MGH Foundation/Development Office at Gateway Center behind McDonald’s, Treasures Thrift Store, Sage Book Store, and Art Talks in downtown Shelton, and Cameo Boutique and Alderbrook Country Store in Union. The cost of the calendar is $10 and all proceeds from sales will go to funding the annual Students ‘Art Project. For additional information, call the Foundation Office at (360) 427-3623, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students’ Art Project Returns for 2nd Year
After the very successful fall 2009 Students’ Art Project, which received more than 700 entries, Mason General Hospital (MGHF) Arts Commission launched its second annual competition to first through twelfth grade students at Mason County schools in September. It was also open to home-schooled students.
1st Annual "Students’ Art Project"
More than 700 students from Mason County participated in the competition, from which 40 winning pictures were framed and displayed in patient rooms at MGH. The framed poster pictured here was given to MGH in memory of Mary Penney, a charter member of the Arts Commission who passed away in 2009. The poster was arranged by Cliff Ferrara of Art Talks, Shelton, from a selection of pieces of original student art. It was the showpiece used to advertise the month-long public exhibit of student artwork last December at Art Talks, prior to installation in the hospital.
Bob Appel, CEO at MGH&FC; Jen Capps, MGH&FC director of development; Darryl Cleveland, Peg Stock, Gerri Roberts, Terri Thompson, and Karen Burger, all members of the MGH Arts Commission, help display a recent donation from the Arts Commission to MGH. The piece of art is a poster that was framed and used to publicize the Arts Commission’s 1st Annual “Students’ Art Project” held in December, 2009.
Bronze Statue Donation
Kimberley T., a larger-than-life-bronze statue that once graced Highway 101 at the original "The Bronze Works" near Taylor Towne, has now found a permanent home on the grounds of the northwest side of Mason General Hospital. The ballerina sculpture was donated by Norma A. Taylor, former owner of “The Bronze Works” and founding member of MGH Foundation’s Arts Commission. Sculptor, Brenda Maltz created this fitting sculpture. The new aggregate pedestal and installation of the bronze piece were donated by Frank and Marie Bishop in memory of their late son, Ernest Bishop.
The 800-pound sculpture was refurbished by The Bronze Works in Tacoma and was placed on its permanent location with the use of a fork lift from Taylor Shellfish Farms. To preserve the grass at MGH, a plywood track donated by Olympic panel was leading to the pedestal. The MGHF Arts Commission oversaw the project, which now adds to the collection of artwork at MGH&FC.
The Bishops are shown here with their son, Brett, (far left) handing a generous check to pay for the installation to Don Wilson, Hospital commissioner.
Donation Increases Arts Collection
Gene and Mona Carlson donated to the Mason General Hospital Foundation Arts Commission six original oils by their late friend, Lynn Winans, a noted San Diego artist; and one print by Olaf Wieghorst, a well-known western artist.
The Carlsons retired to Mason County, residing at Alderbrook Country Club until they moved to the Alpine Way Retirement Apartments. As lovers and collectors of art, they accumulated more pieces than they had room for in their new home. In lieu of selling the artwork piece-by-piece for private collections, they chose to donate pieces to the MGHF Arts Commission for the benefit of many: patients, staff, and visitors.
The MGH Arts Commission was formed in 1992. Its mission is to aid in the promotion of health and healing at Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics,through integrating quality art in the Hospital and Clinic environment. Its charge is the acquisition of art to aid in the healing of patients, and for the enjoyment of all who come to Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics.
Although the Arts Commission has purchased some pieces, both sculptures and framed paintings, the majority of the Hospital collection has come from donors. Anyone interested in donating art should contact the Arts Commission through the MGH&FC Development office at (360) 427-3623, from Allyn, (360) 275-8614.
A Healing Philosophy
We believe that art contributes to healing. Healing is accomplished when the needs of the spirit, as well the body, are addressed. Art serves as a connection to society as a whole.
Some art pieces are permanently placed, including sculptures and an etched glass room divider, but most are periodically rotated throughout the Hospital and Clinics. The Arts Commission also provides seasonal art displays, supports the Peninsula Art Association exhibit, and engages in fundraising activities.