Burlington volunteers donate art

February 21, 2012 by  

To make visitors feel welcome and to lift the spirits of patients, volunteers at Burlington’s Aurora Memorial Hospital have decorated the hallway from the front lobby to the cafeteria with donated art.

The photos, a dozen in all, depict local forests, lakes and landscapes from the Burlington area. The photographer is local artist, Cheryl Coleman.

“They have brightened up the hospital tremendously,” said hospital volunteer services manager, Mary Chris Lynch.

“Because they’re local, they mean so much more to people,” Lynch continued.

Coleman said that having her photographs chosen for the hallway was a bit ironic, as she herself has been a volunteer at the hospital in the No One Dies Alone program.

The 12 photographs are the most recent contribution to the hospital made by volunteers in the last 50 years. The volunteer committee installed the stained glass by the intensive care unit’s waiting room. There was a dishwasher, utensils and dishes for the hospital cafeteria, large scale wheelchairs and equipment for staff to do EKGs and mammograms.

It was the hospital administration that suggested brightening up the hall. Hundreds of pictures were put forward for consideration and Lynch, along with a professional decorator, were able to narrow it down to 70. The volunteer board narrowed the selection down to a dozen. They purchased the photos from the artist and had them framed.

Postcard printing has allowed the hospital to print replicas of the paintings which can be purchased at the gift shop. More information about the Burlington artist can be found online at www.thegenevagallery.com.