Art show offers pleasant escapes for patients

Volunteer says those who see exhibits ‘can’t give it up’
By: Bridget Jones, Journal Staff Writer
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An ongoing exhibit at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital offers cheer and uplifting escapes to patients, families and staff. The Art Can Heal program showcases the work of local artists in various galleries in the hospital. “It’s such a positive thing,” said Laurie Barrows, curator for the exhibit. “The program has been around for at least 20 to 25 years. I came on board – it will be 17 years next April. The impact it has on patients is amazing. The staff absolutely love it. They love when the work changes. I have had people come up and say, ‘I really appreciate having the work up on the walls.’” Each show runs for three months and art is switched out in January, April, July and October. Some artists sell their works during the exhibit, Barrows said. Current works include Suzanne Reynolds’ oil paintings in the Garden Gallery, Patty Pieropan Dong’s oil and watercolor paintings in the Art Can Heal Gallery, the Southside Art Center mosaic show in the Chapel Gallery and Collaboration of the Arts photographs by Ryan Rosene in the Children’s Gallery. Pieropan Dong’s theme is “Impressions Near and Far.” “Some paintings were done really recently, and some have been done in years past,” she said. “I was able to travel to Europe in the past few years, so that’s where near and far comes in.” Pieropan Dong said she loves to paint scenes from Auburn, where she’s been living for about 33 years. One of Pieropan Dong’s paintings hanging in the hospital depicts a nearby orchard. “It’s a local scene, and I hope it just shows the beauty of our local area,” she said. The show helps take people away from any troubles they might be having, even if just for a few moments, Pieropan Dong said. “It’s a bit of a diversion, bring the outside in a little bit,” she said. “It means a lot to the community I think. I’m just delighted to be invited to show.” Mindy Danovaro, executive director of Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital Foundation, said everyone is invited to come view the art. “You never walk into the same Sutter Auburn Faith twice, because (the art) is always different,” Danovaro said. “I have seen patients, staff, everyone walk through the halls and really be moved by the pieces, which is wonderful.” Danovaro said the foundation used to take part of artists’ commissions, but now it just encourages artists to donate some of their work to permanent collections at the hospital. “We are so blessed with fabulous artists in our community that it’s an honor for Sutter Auburn Faith to showcase the fabulous work we have,” she said. Photographer and Auburn resident Ryan Rosene, in partnership with Collaboration for the Arts, has about 20 photographs on display in the Children’s Gallery. The photographs portray young musicians in inspirational settings. Rosene said it’s been fun to get fresh perspectives on his art from those who have seen it in the hospital. “It has been really well received,” Rosene said. “I was surprised how many people stopped and really had great things to say about them. I just hope it’s helpful for the people who are here to have something to take their minds off why they are in a hospital.” Barrows said she encourages the public to attend a reception for the artists from 4-6 p.m. Feb. 9 in the hospital’s Conference Rooms B and C. Any artists interested in applying to the program or residents with questions about the art or reception can e-mail Barrows at Marilyn Gerber, who has volunteered at the hospital since 1985, said she has seen the effect the art has on people in the hospital. “When they first see it, they just can’t give it up,” Gerber said. “They just start (walking down the hallway) looking at it. It’s just so beautiful to them.” Reach Bridget Jones at ------------------------------------------------------ Artist profile Ryan Rosene, 25, grew up in Auburn and went to Forest Lake Christian School and the Art Institute of California at San Diego. Rosene said he got his first camera when he was 10, and currently takes architectural photographs for real estate agencies, contractors and interior designers. Rosene said he also does some advertising consulting on the side. What is it about photography that inspires Rosene? “I think I love the light and learning to manipulate the lights and having a picture in my head and understanding how to bring that into existence,” Rosene said. Rosene said although he loves photographing architecture, another topic is often the subject of his art. “If I’m doing photography for a personal project, it’s usually cars,” he said. “I have just always loved cars. As I’ve grown up, my friends and I have been into cars … it’s just been kind of natural to photograph them.” Rosene said when he’s not taking photographs he also enjoys golf and tennis.