Hospital art sponsors make exhibit a success

The hallways of Pagosa Mountain Hospital were crowded on Sept. 18, filled with art lovers, friends, neighbors, doctors, nurses, staff members and artists.

What drew them to the new hospital that night? It was the opening reception for the second juried art show at the hospital, held with the contributions of the Pagosa Springs Arts Council, as well as the second open house hosted by the facility’s administration.

People mingled, laughed, viewed the art, ate the delicious food provided by Cowboy Catering, and generally did what Pagosans are famous for: they invested in their community, and in each other.

The art exhibit, which is on display through Nov. 18, consists of 23 new pieces of work by 18 artists from throughout the Four Corners area.

The show’s opening night was extraordinary in several aspects. To start with, approximately 500 Pagosans attended the event to show their support, chat with their neighbors, meet the artists, and enjoy the new artwork on display. The atmosphere at the show was exciting, welcoming, and embraced the continued effort to place permanent healing art in the new hospital’s spaces.

Throughout the three-hour opening night quite a few local residents stepped forward to sponsor work from the show. Many others dropped smaller dollar amounts into the donation box located in the hospital’s foyer.

Sponsorships and small donations came in from some familiar and not so familiar names: Pam and Gary Hopkins, Ingrid Matteis, Ulla Neuberger, Linda and Duncan Lawrie, Chuck and Judy Jordan, Merilynn Hutchinson, David and Kriss Campbell, Roxanne Schick, Don and Elaine Lundergan, and some who preferred anonymity.

All of these contributors will be spotlighted in The PREVIEW for their generous gift towards the hospital art.

The arts council and the hospital art committee were gratefully amazed at the show of support for this long-term project. “We could not be luckier living here in Pagosa Springs, where our friends and neighbors support each other. Not just for this effort at the new hospital, but the support of every project in our community. This is an awesome place to live.” stated art chairperson and local artist Kathy Steventon.

Sponsorships and donations are still being sought in order to purchase more of the show’s work for the hospital’s permanent collection. Next week, a series of articles in The PREVIEW will begin that will focus on art sponsors who have come forward. Pagosa Mountain Hospital will also install brass name plaques by the sponsored artwork, with the names of both the sponsor(s) and the artist.

Smaller donations, as little as $1, are welcomed to continue the joint community effort to buy more pieces from this second juried show. Pagosans are encouraged to visit the entry corridors at Pagosa Mountain Hospital and view the artwork. If they feel inspired by anything they see, a donation box, with envelopes, sits at the front reception desk. All donations are tax deductible and everyone will be given a charity tax form if their name/address are provided on the envelope. Any size contribution is welcome.

Anyone interested in hearing more about this project can contact art committee chair Kathy Steventon, 731-3029, or via e-mail at treegirl@centurytel.net.