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CGH Medical Center Opens Healing Art Gallery

Hospital news | Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Contact: Dana McCoy

CGH Medical Center and the CGH Auxiliary are pleased to present the opening of our new healing art gallery, "Spirit of the Heart." The gallery will showcase local artists and will be open to our patients and the community.

The opening show will be held on Tuesday, May 17 at 6 p.m. in the CGH Main Clinic Atrium, 101 E. Miller Road, Sterling, with hors d'oeuvres and sparkling beverages. The artwork will be displayed on the first floor, in the north hallway that runs between the hospital and Main Clinic. The first, second and third place winners, among others, have been chosen from the recent Woodlawn Arts Academy art show. This includes pieces from local students to be displayed at the inaugural opening. Parents, teachers and artists will be present, and patients and community members are welcome.

"The purpose of the gallery is to host a venue for local artists to exhibit, and provide our patients and families with the value of the creative process as a healing force," said Dr. Paul Steinke, CGH President and CEO. "We would like to promote the healing and health benefits of artwork within our local hospital and clinics."

According to the American Cancer Society, numerous case studies have reported that art therapy benefits patients with both emotional and physical illnesses. Case studies have involved many areas, including burn recovery in adolescents and young children, eating disorders, emotional impairment in young children, childhood grief, and sexual abuse in adolescents. Studies of adults using art therapy have included adults or families in bereavement, patients and family members dealing with addictions, and patients who have undergone bone marrow transplants, among others.

Future shows will feature local juried artists and selected pieces that will be available for viewing and for sale, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the CGH Auxiliary. For more information, please email