Gentle Arts at the hospital
In small, tucked-away places throughout the Galion Community Hos-pital, inside and out, are areas of reflection and beauty. With the new hospital addition and entryway a few years ago a self-perpetuating brook was constructed outside and to the left of the front entrance. Stepping down the walkway the noise of traffic disappears as the gurgling of the waterway gets louder.
Other quiet places for reflection inside are waiting areas, prayer areas and consultation areas.Back outside, as the visitor walks to the right of the entrance, is a small quiet alcove titled “Memorial Garden.” Three sculptures represent the three parts of human existence displayed with special plantings and stonework: mind, body, spirit. Three artists were commissioned for this tranquil area: Ken Arthur, Priscilla Roggen-kamp and Keith McMahon. Arthur is a maker of sculptures from objects that intersect with his life. His boxes and necklaces all call on the physical to evoke the spiritual. Keith is a sculptor of stone and metal forms that connect to nature and time. He creates sculptural panels that merge a tactile surface with elements of time and memory. Pricilla is a maker of textured panels that recall places both topographically and metaphysically and include the wrap and weft of time in their fabric elements. Her sculptures of fabric, clay and stone make reference to the body and nature. The garden was created in memory of John Imhoff and Dr Theodore Ebner, two individuals who helped to shape what the hospital is today.
The newest artistic venture for the enjoyment of hospital staff, patrons, visitors and guests is the lobby art exhibit. So far three artists have shown their work: Diane Bell, Carol Kable and, still on display, Melissa Taylor.Diane Bell was asked to show her artwork, but realized the hospital needed a hanging system so all sizes could be displayed without making extra holes in the walls. She found a good deal on a system and donated it to the hospital so that future artists could also use it.
Bell works in acrylic, watercolor and colored pencil. She began her artistic career with art lessons in Kindergarten, which were taught by Wittenberg art students. She graduated from Bowling Green and became the Galion elementary art teaching, teaching in all five elementary buildings. She then moved on to Wynford High School where she taught for 19 years and retired. She now volunteers for the Girl Scouts and helps with Girl Scout Camp every year.
Bell has worked a long time in realism and is now phasing into abstract. She does not do commissions, she said, “I do art that suits me. I do the art that pleases me.” Though she is hesitant to sell her art, giving much of what she does away as gifts, she did sell one piece during her showing this past December.Carol Kable showed her work in March and April. Kable was interested in visual art since she was five years old. Born and raised in Bucyrus, Kable had the same art instructor for private lessons through her senior year. She attended OSU Columbus for her degree in Art Education and spent 32 years teaching elementary level school art in the Galion City School district. Kable also worked at the Girl Scout Camp Walhonding in Loudonville.
“I have had lots of opportunities to use my art abilities,” said Carol, “from painting murals on walls, designing books, illustrating a hospital auxiliary cookbook, painting artwork for the Come Home to Galion art calendar projects and private commissions.” She has had a “multitude of diversified projects.” She is on the decorating committee for any group she is associated with.
Kable especially likes to do pet portrait commissions. While she sells her work occasionally she enjoyed knowing that people have gotten to see her work rather than her pieces sitting in her art studio.
“I always am looking for new ideas to paint and ways to do it,” said Kable. “In fact, I have way too many ideas and seemingly not enough time in the day to execute them.” Kable has lots of club activities so time is tight. She is heavily involved in the Brush and Pallette Art Club and helps with their publicity.
Projects Kable is currently working on are a homeschooler’s art manual, a series of paintings about the historical buildings of Galion and a watercolor course for adults.In May the artwork of Melissa Taylor went on display. Taylor’s older sister was an artist (in calligraphy) and she followed in her footsteps. Taylor graduated from Mansfield Christian and took art lessons from Malabar High School. She received her associates degree from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh followed by work at the Columbus School of Art and Design. She is married to Mike Taylor, a 1984 GHS graduate.
Among her different art jobs she has painted many murals – commercial and residential; gathered and built theatrical props; sewn and fabricated costumes; designed T-shirts; made point-of-purchase and show displays for Borden; designed logos and brochures; framed pictures; and painted and drawn fine art.
Taylor has a long list of murals done for private homes as well as businesses on commission in Columbus such as Montego Bay and the Borden Building. At the Pita Hut Restaurant she created Middle Eastern scenes. She painted the walls of an indoor swimming pool room to look like Ireland.
She loves oils, but uses acrylics more. Colored pencil is another favorite medium. Light and color fascinate her. Art is her way of saying, “Stop! Look at what is all around you. Beauty is everywhere.”
Taylor loves working in all mediums. She works in Photoshop, oil, pastel, acrylic, pencil, and enjoys what each medium brings to the work. She hates getting bored and loves private teaching. She has done work in New York, Cincinnati and Marysville.
Taylor would like to do more commissioned murals and portraits. She likes to write as well, including plays and skits.
Taylor comments that she married a chef so, “No more starving artist.”
The next artist to show in the Galion Community Hospital Lobby will be Buelah Montgomery.