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‘Healing Arts’ is theme of CMH exhibit Sept. 14 through Dec. 4

Ventura California, 09/14/2010

Paintings and drawings aimed at having a calming, touching effect on patients, visitors and staff at Community Memorial Hospital will be on display for public viewing September 14 through December 4 when the Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation presents its “Healing Arts” exhibit.

All works are by local artists, with proceeds to be used for future exhibits as well as to benefit local artists, the Buenaventura Art Association and the Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation’s philanthropic efforts.

“The foundation has been involved in this project since its inception,” said Kay Woodburn, President of the CMHF. “Members of the foundation serve on the selection committee which meets quarterly to approve the art for the upcoming show. We look at this program as a wonderful way of enhancing our entire community.”

A “Meet the Artists” reception is set for Tuesday, Sept. 28, from 5 to 7 p.m., in the hospital’s first-floor lobby located at 147 N. Brent St. in Ventura. This event is open to the public and reservations are not required.

CMH has been holding art exhibits quarterly for the past two years, and Haady Lashkari, Assistant Vice President of Community Memorial Health System, noted the current exhibit marks the second time the “Healing Arts” theme has been used, since the first one struck such a chord with hospital patients and visitors.

“For patients coming through the hospital, art plays a very important role in healing,” Lashkari said, adding that the exhibit, “also allows visitors and family members to engage in the arts.”

Emily Thompson, Executive Director of the Buenaventura Art Association, agrees.

“It’s about providing local artists the opportunity to exhibit their artwork with a new audience as well as adorning the hallways with a visual escape for those who might not want to think about the fact they are in the hospital,” Thompson said. “The psychology of artwork as a method for transporting yourself to another place or to evoke an emotion which may calm you is a science which medicine and places of healing have recognized for years.”

She added: “The doctors, nurses and staff enjoy the artwork as much as those visiting the hospital, and I also know there are arts patrons who stop by now just to see the new exhibit.”

Community Memorial Hospital is a member of Community Memorial Health System, a not-for-profit health system, which is comprised of Community Memorial Hospital, Ojai Valley Community Hospital, and nine family-practice health centers entitled Centers for Family Health. The health system is located in Ventura County, California.