Artists Brighten Health Centers' Walls
The Santa Clarita Artists' Association is holding the 21st annual Art Classic to raise funds to make art available to healthcare facilities. The event will be held from 1-5 p.m. on October 17th at Hart Hall at Hart Park in Newhall. A free public viewing will be held at the same location from 1-5 p.m. on Oct 16.
"This fundraiser supports a lot of worthy causes." said Olga Kaczmar, president. "The art provides a pleasant distraction to those who are normally under stress when visiting a doctor’s office."
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"We are grateful for the generosity of the Santa Clarita Artists' Association in lending their beautiful and uplifting artwork for our newest Health Center located in Newhall. It helps provide the kind of pleasant, patient-oriented atmosphere that Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers, Inc. is noted for. Last year, SDFHC provided over 11,000 patient visits for people in need of primary health care that would otherwise not have been available. The SCAA helped make those visits a beneficial experience for our friends and neighbors who visited the Health Center." said Cheryl Laymon, Executive Director.
SCAA artists paint children's faces at Concerts in the Park, ETI Corral 86 Heads-up fundraiser and other local events, to raise funds for their adopted Art School in Tanzania, where impoverished children get free art lessons and a daily meal.
The dental offices of Dr. Rocio Jones D.D.S. and Elite Smiles feature SCAA fine art on all their walls so patients can focus on vivid paintings instead of fretting over fillings. Artwork at all venues is changed out every few months.
Providence Holy Cross has an array of SCAA member art on the walls of their cancer treatment rooms.
"Our patients enjoy the paintings so much and have been inspired to draw themselves. We've given them art supplies to occupy themselves during the treatments. This art has been a wonderful addition to our Art of Healing program." said Lateia Taylor, program coordinator.
The canvas shown on the left, with 144 blank 4" x 4" squares, was displayed at last year's Art Classic. It was an interactive project so that art patrons could complete a square with their own design.
"The purpose was to have people attending the Classic get involved, interact and make an art composition, not just view art. This was never been done before." said Jaylene Armstrong presenting the 4 foot square canvas to Lateia Taylor of Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Santa Clarita, where it currently hangs.