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Art exhibition decorates
Piedmont Henry


By Melissa Robinson
Contributing Editor 

  Piedmont Henry’s North Tower was turned into an art gallery last Thursday evening with The Henry Arts Alliance showcase of Art in Unusual Places. The theme of the evening was Art of Healing and the event showcased local artists in the North Tower of Piedmont Henry Hospital where more than 20 pieces of artwork were on display.

Stockbridge artist Terry Gardner presents one of her paintings on display at the Art in Unusual Places showcase at Piedmont Henry Hospital.                               Photo by Melissa Robinson

  Guest enjoyed live jazz music and refreshments while strolling though the makeshift gallery that featured original paintings by artists from both McDonough Arts and the Visual Artists Collective of Henry County.

  Lynna Schmidt, Director of the Henry Arts Alliance said the idea for Art in Unusual Places began as a way to bring art to people outside of a traditional gallery setting. She said the first one was held in 2008 at a local funeral home.

  “Art is for everyone, and we wanted to make it accessible to everyone, so our very first event was held at Cannon Cleveland Funeral Home and it was a huge success,” said Schmidt.

  She said that since word got out about Art in Unusual Places, she had people coming to her offering ideas and space to hold art shows. Subsequent locations included a church parking lot in Locust Grove and Heritage Park in McDonough.

  She the art will be moved to the first floor of the hospital in the hallway leading to the Emergency Room and in the waiting area of the ER for the next six months. She said the theme for the hospital‘s display was appropriate and said she hoped that both staff and patients would benefit and be inspired from the new installment of art that will adorn the walls.

  Several artists were in attendance during the reception and were pleased to see how their art was being displayed.

  Stockbridge artist Terry Gardner had two watercolors on display and said she is looking forward to having more time to paint, now with her youngest child soon leaving for college.

  “I have a lot of nest-themed paintings, and I guess there’s a reason for that,” she laughed.

  Gardner said she is also looking forward to more shows with the Henry Arts Alliance.

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