(O’FALLON, IL) – HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital recently celebrated the second installation in their Rotating Art Exhibit featuring artist Rick Bayers and invites the public to view his work.

St. Elizabeth’s began the Rotating Art Exhibit program last fall 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.

Bayers’ work is currently on display at the hospital along the hallway off the hospital’s main lobby on the first floor. The public is welcome to view it during normal visiting hours.

It is known that art can play a powerful role in bringing comfort and relief to those receiving treatment or care in a hospital setting. The Rotating Art Exhibit program aims to showcase the work of local and regional artists while enhancing the healing environment inside the facility for patients, visitors and colleagues.

All pieces in the current St. Elizabeth’s exhibit are available for sale with 15% of all proceeds from art sales to be donated to HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Foundation. If you are interested in purchasing any items, contact the artist directly at www.buckcreekstudio.com or www.rickbayers.com.

Applications are now being accepted for future art installations. Artists interested in participating in St. Elizabeth’s Rotating Art Exhibit must complete an application, available at www.steliz.org/art. A portfolio of work is required and a committee of colleagues, community members and local artists oversee the art program to select exhibitors.

Bayers specializes in bringing the beauty of America’s most magnificent landscapes into the homes of discerning art buyers. A fine art painter for over 45 years, Bayers is also a respected portrait artist who has been commissioned to capture many corporate executives and regional celebrities on the canvas. His work can be found in executive boardrooms of Fortune 500 companies, and the private homes of local and regional prominent families.

Born in Sparta, Illinois, and raised in New Athens, Bayers grew to love the small rural and serene landscapes that surrounded the small community. When Bayers picked up a brush at age 16, his first subjects were the rolling hills and simple pastures of the heartland. He attended the School of Fine Art at Washington University in St. Louis and concentrated in Graphic Design, but also was taught several painting classes.

From his artist statement, Bayers notes, “I wish everyone could experience the sheer happiness and euphoria I have when I paint. Only those who are blessed with this passion can know what I am talking about. I lay excited every night in anticipation, thinking about my paintings. The smell of linseed oil and turpentine is addicting to me. What’s amazing is this sensational feeling is as strong today as when I picked up my brush almost 45 years ago. In every one of my paintings you will see, in one form or another, this sincere approach to my work.”

In 2011, he was chosen as a part of the “Best of Missouri Painters” exhibit at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis. Bayers currently resides at his country home and studio in Festus, Missouri. His work is now being represented by The Rhinehart & Rhinehart Gallery in Ste. Genevieve, MO.

Media Contact

Kelly Barbeau

Manager, Marketing & Communications
HSHS Illinois
Office: (618) 234-2120, Ext. 41270
kelly.barbaeu@hshs.org

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