Giving the gift of ambiance
Donations from the artists:
- Vivian McCord: Original oils
- “ Pond on the Shoshone Nature Trail”
- “Late Afternoon on the Northfork”
- “High Summer Aspens near Red Lodge”
- “Carter Mountain Range over Beck Lake”
- “ Fishing the Shoshone”
- “Fall on the Northfork”
- “Beneath Rattlesnake”
- “On the Firehole River — Yellowstone National Park”
- “View from Artist Point — Yellowstone National Park”
- “Reflection on Shoshone River"
- John Gallis: Two handcrafted tables
- Geoff Parker: Original oil titled “McCullough Peaks”
- Reid Christie: Original oil titled “Northfork Morning”
- Judy Fillerup: Original oil titled “Evening Stroll”
- Janet Zambai: Stained glass windows
- Jane Kellogg: Mosaic birdhouse titled “Aviary Arms”
- Shirley Barhaug: Original oil titled “Hot Poppies”
- Den Barhaug: Original oil titled “Moody Blues”
- Wayne Wagner: Hand-tooled cedar vase
- Chuck Neustifter: Original oil, “Untitled”
- Joanne Odasz: Original watercolor, “Untitled Study”
- Myrna Henderson: Original pastel titled “Bird”
- Jane Kellogg, Linda Gates, Lynn Mowery, Cheryl Lapay, Carla Solberg, Jackie wilder, Penny Rundstrom, Shirley Barhaug, and Linda Jessen: Mosiac quilt
Other donated items:
- Joyce and Nick Patrick: Framed poster by Conrad Schweiring signed by five Wyoming governors
- Big Horn Carpet One: Framed cork boards
- Deanna Matteson: Framed original pastel
- Framed Olive Fell etching
- Denny Neville: Original oil
- Peggy Saunders: Original oil
- S. Spero: Original oil
- D. Hagstrom: Original oil
- Deanna Matteson: Original oil
- Cody Class of 1948: Hand-crafted bench made by Lee Kern, of Red Lodge
Thanks to support from the local art community, spearheaded by
artist Vivian McCord, the house is adorned with more than $70,000
in original works.
McCord said nearly all of the artists she reached out to were
excited to be a part of the project. A few, like Reid Christie, even had planned on donating a piece to the hospice house before being contacted.
“This is just one more example of how the community has overwhelmingly supported this project,” former Spirit Mountain Hospice director Linda Harbron said. “Because the house was designed to have a home-like atmosphere, having local, original pieces really adds to that. Along with the architecture and furnishings, they really complete that atmosphere.”
The Buffalo Bill Historical Center provided a curitorial assistant to help honor the professional array of artworks with professional and thoughtful placements.
After reviewing the collection the BBHC staff member helped match each piece to a spot that would highlight it without crowding the space or the art as well as place
pieces with preservation in mind, such as keeping works on paper out of direct sunlight to reduce fading.
Recognition of the value of “Architectural & Interior Design Conducive to Health and Healing” is one of the 10 tenets of the Planetree patient-centered philosophy that West Park Hospital adheres to.
Studies have revealed that certain types of artwork, colors and decorations can create calming and healing environments.
The book Planetree book “Putting Patients First” describes a variety
of ways that visual and other forms of art can be used in health-care settings.
“While many studies document the psychological effects of the arts
on health and healing, many hospitals choose to include a variety of arts simply for their usefulness as ‘positive distractions,’ offering diversions from anxiety, discomfort, and loneliness,” Roger Ulrich
and Laura Gilpin wrote in the “Healing Arts” chapter of the book.
A 2002 study at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston conducted by American Art Resources “showed that the artwork made both patients and staff feel better, served as a positive distraction or patients and a de-stressor for staff, helped to de-institutionalize the ‘hospital’ image and enhance the overall image of the hospital as a healing environment.”
Nature and landscape themes are especially popular.
According to a 2008 study at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in Houston conducted by American Art Resources, patients preferred nature images over popular abstract art, especially landscapes.
“In fact, simple nature scenes were preferred to the Van Gogh and the Chagall,” the study concludes.