Patients and visitors strolling along the hallways of Petaluma Valley Hospital
will find a new exhibition of artwork by professional painters and photographers,
all local. The show — part of the “Art Around Town”
program sponsored by the Petaluma Arts Center — was mounted on April
12, and will last until Aug. 9.
The public is welcome to visit the hospital to view the show from 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m., daily.
Curated by local artist Eola Bates, the show features 85 works by about
thirty artists. The show is hung mostly in public spaces on the first
floor, although some pieces are located upstairs in less public spaces.
“Our team of ten volunteers was able to remove the old show and put
up the new one in only four hours,” Bates said, adding that only
those who have ever helped mount such a show can appreciate this achievement.
The hospital has served as a major gallery for the center, and local artistic
talent, for eleven years, hosting three shows a year, each lasting four months.
“The hospital has been a stalwart supporter of our “Art Around
Town” program from the beginning,” said Val Richman, executive
director of the center. “Every now and then, we get a call from
someone who found comfort in one of the pieces of art at the hospital.”