(O’FALLON, IL)– Art can play a powerful role in bringing comfort and relief to those receiving treatment or care in a hospital setting. HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital is announcing a Rotating Art Exhibit program to provide public space at the hospital for visual artists to display their work for an extended period of time, approximately five months per show,to further enhance the healing environment inside their newly built facility.
The artwork of local and regional artists will be displayed along the hallway off the hospital’s main lobby on the first floor.
Artists interested in participating in St. Elizabeth’s Rotating Art Exhibit program must complete an application, available at www.steliz.org/art, by March 15 for the next exhibit scheduled in May. Future exhibit dates are also noted online. A portfolio of work is required and a committee of colleagues, community members and local artists will oversees the art program to choose exhibitors. As St. Elizabeth’s is a Franciscan health care ministry, all work must be appropriate for a public building and complement the healing atmosphere of the hospital. More detailed guidelines are noted in the application.
The hospital hosted its first inaugural rotating art exhibit this past November which showcased the work of Sharon Aach, a local artist who donated several of her works to St. Elizabeth’s when the new facility opened in 2017.
A self-taught and self-representing artist from the Belleville area, Aach employs a reverse painting technique with mixed media materials behind glass panels to inspire and share joy through her uplifting vibrant glass paintings. Considered to be somewhat experimental and unconventional, being self-taught has thoroughly allowed her to develop her own pure organic style. Inspired by music and nature, she has developed her own creative process that is both automatic and emotional.
While Aach has created art in various forms throughout her life, it was not until 2014, after retiring from a 25-year medical career, that she started composing her art on a full-time basis.
Aach’s work is still on display at the hospital and the public is welcome to view it. In addition, people can view more of her art at www.SaachArt.com.All pieces in the current exhibit are available for sale with 15% of all proceeds from art sales to be donated to HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Foundation. Prints are also available.If you are interested in purchasing any items, contact the artist directly through her website.