Artwork brightens corridor of Truro heath centre

Proceeds from sale of pieces supports auxiliary

Published on April 23, 2014

TRURO – For some local artists like Pat Hingley, a gallery located at the Colchester East Hants Health Centre is of extreme importance.

“As a painter, it gives me exposure,” said Hingley, a Salmon River resident who has artwork on display in the hospital’s gallery that officially opened to the public at the end of March. “For me, anytime I go anywhere where there is artwork, I’m always studying as I go.”

The gallery started back in the early 1980s thanks to the late Audrey Hanrahan and Eileen Smith.

“We’ve had paintings at the hospital for a long time. We’ve had the artwork up for a couple of weeks now and we’re getting lots of positive comments,” said Judy Lohnes, the current art co-ordinator who took over the reins from Vera Stewart upon her passing in September 2011. “Even at the other hospital, people would bring patients that couldn’t sleep down to the gallery.”

Located in the East Hants Place corridor on the main level, the artwork will be rotated every four months. It’s open for public viewing from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, and the artwork is available for purchase through the hospital gift shop. Proceeds from any sales go to the hospital auxiliary, which purchases equipment for the centre.

“It’s important to continue with the gallery for the exposure for the artists,” said Shirley Roode, the gift shop convener. “I think it’s very important because there are a lot of artists that display here that don’t have their artwork anywhere else.”

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