Visual Arts Program
Art allows distraction, escape, contemplation, exploration and can bring the participant a sense of calm, relaxation, enjoyment, purpose and ultimately wellness. The psychological wellbeing of the patient is integral to their physical healing and the Arts can bring wellness in many forms and in many ways.
The Grande Prairie Regional Hospital’s rotating Gallery spaces have been a wonderful venue to bring the Art of our very talented Peace Region into the daily life of the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital. The Courtyard Gallery, adjacent to the cafeteria, was fortunate enough to host shows from Donna Kaut, Ed Bader, Helena Mulligan, Vicki Hotte, The Northern Piecemakers Quilt Guild and Dan Arberry. These shows brought the diversity of Art into the setting allowing us to enjoy approaches ranging from realism to the abstract, using a wide range of materials including fabric, wax encaustic, oils, acrylic, watercolours and mixed media and with subjects ranging from Flora to Fauna and much more.
Similarly, in the Mackenzie Place display cubes, we were able to feature artworks from the children of Grande Prairie brought to us by the Centre for the Creative Arts, a beautiful selection of smaller works by well known and appreciated regional artists Euphemia McNaught, Robert Guest and Jim Adrain taken from the Hospitals own collection and some very creative and introspective masks made by patients from Addictions and Mental Health Services. We wrapped up the balance of our year with a selection of beautiful handmade pottery from Cheryl Brown and the incredibly intricate floral designs of Janice Lutsenko.
The art on display in our Gallery spaces is available for sale with a portion of the proceeds going to the Hospital Foundation. We encourage you to stop by often to enjoy the various exhibitions and if you see something you like, consider making a purchase and take it home knowing that you are supporting both local artists and our Foundation.