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Artists help brighten the walls at Concordia Hospital

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Some Winnipeg artists are helping brighten the hallways of Concordia Hospital.


The hospital has been displaying the artwork of local artists on its walls since the spring. To date, five of the works have been purchased by members of the public.


Currently seven artists are displaying their work including Elizabeth Delgatt, Elena El, Monika Hansen, Heather Soos, Peter Tetrault, Lillian VanWelleghem, and Teresa Zieba.


Rev. Kathleen Rempel Boschman, manager of spiritual care at the hospital, said she read about the benefits of art and music in health care settings and wanted to bring the idea to Concordia.


Boschman approached hospital administrators, who were receptive to the idea, but it quickly became evident that it could be an expensive venture.


After speaking with staff of the Concordia Foundation, the idea to use the hospital halls as exhibition space was born.


Boschman said individuals visiting the hospital can enjoy the art while artists benefit because their works are available for purchase.


"It’s another place for artists to display their art because the hospital is a place you will get a lot of exposure," Boschman said, adding that 10% of each sale goes to the foundation.


Henry Tessmann, president and chief operating officer of the hospital, said the art has brought the hallways to life.


"We had drab walls, and nothing encouraging or inspiring," Tessmann said. "This was the start to creating a healing environment."


El, a Crestview resident and owner of Artel Studio located in the cre8ery gallery on Adelaide Street, said she’s happy to display her art in a hospital where it can make a difference.


"People come to the hospital not because they want to come there, and they’re usually worried or stressed," said El, adding that most of her works  on display at Concordia feature Winnipeg scenery.


"If any of my work can make them feel better and keep their mind on something nice, it would be great."


Zieba said the hospital display is a unique opportunity for artists.


"I believe in displaying your art so you can get more exposure, and every time the opportunity arises I take it," said the North Kildonan-based photographer.


"If I were to be at the hospital for any health reason I would be very happy to have something to look at in the hallways."


Boschman said the art has been well received by patients and visitors.


"I’m hearing people’s appreciation for the art. It’s definitely been mutually beneficial," she said.


"The community is welcome to come in and take a look."

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