IH Foundation & Kamloops Arts Council partner on “Art in Public Spaces”

Work by local artists featured in Clinical Services Building; opening reception Thursday, Sept. 21, 5-6:30pm

The Kamloops Arts Council’s Art in Public Spaces is a new program that provides local organizations with artwork on a rotating basis. Paintings, photography and other works by local artists are displayed where Kamloops citizens and tourists congregate, such as health care centres, transportation hubs and reception areas.

The Kamloops Arts Council and Royal Inland Hospital Foundation have partnered to create the initial Art in Public Spaces exhibition in the Clinical Services Building. More than 40 works by artists, including Tricia Sellmer (paintings), Patricia Kellogg (watercolours), Kristina Benson and Ross Outerbridge (photography) will be on display at the opening reception on Thursday, Sept. 21 from 5-6:30pm. Artwork will be available for purchase onsite and can also be purchased online.

“We’re thrilled to be working with RIH,” says Kathy Sinclair, Kamloops Arts Council executive director. “Studies show that even simply viewing art can reduce pain, anxiety and stress. We hope that patients, outpatients, visitors and health care providers alike will enjoy this beautiful selection of artwork.”

“Art can be healing,” says Heidi Coleman, RIH Foundation CEO. “It creates a calming effect and reduces stress. It offers a bright and positive impact on a person’s day, patients and staff alike. We are so excited and grateful to benefit from Art in Public Spaces and to be a part of the joy it can bring within our hospital.”

Media and the public are welcome to the reception; refreshments from Terra Restaurant will be served. The RIH Foundation’s AGM will follow at 6:30pm in the Ken Lepin Lecture Theatre.

More information about Art in Public Spaces may be found at www.kamloopsarts.ca.

What: Art in Public Spaces opening at RIH

When: Thursday, Sept. 21, 5-6:30pm

Where: RIH Clinical Services Building (2nd floor)

How: Please RSVP by Sept. 15 to admin@kamloopsarts.ca

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