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Exhibit standout: 'Splashes of Color' on display at Ventura hospital

Ventura County Star
Saturday, 08/11/2011

"Watching Tadpols," an acrylic painting by Nicole Rapattoni, is on display in the "Splashes of Color" exhibit.
Hospitals are not known for being hospitable to creativity, but Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura has revitalized its interior with "Splashes of Color," an exhibit on display through Sept. 10. In an environment where life and death matters are common practice, the lively exhibit injects a shot of optimism.

In an ongoing program to showcase art in the hospital's lobby and first-floor hallways, the exhibit is a partnership among CMH, the Buenaventura Art Association and the Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation.

A call-for-art notice invited local artists to submit work for the show. Artists were asked, "What does 'splashes of color' mean to you? Watermelon dribbling down a chin? A sprinkler in summer? Abstract shapes?"

About 50 artists responded to the call, and 85 pieces were selected, with photographs, block prints and paintings in various styles, sizes and mediums. The results range from bright florals to vivid scenes, such as the acrylic painting shown, "Watching Tadpols" by Nicole Rapattoni. The exhibition casts a summery glow on the ordinarily sterile walls and uplifts guests, staff and patients.

Artwork is available for purchase. Proceeds will be used for future exhibits and to benefit local artists and the foundation's philanthropic efforts.

The show is visible daily when hospital doors are open at 147 N. Brent St., Ventura. For more information, call 652-5011 or visit cmhshealth.org.

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