It’s summertime, and that means gardens full of color and life. The Southern Coos Hospital’s latest quarterly art show, entitled “How Does Your Garden Grow?” is focused on those very topics for the season.
The official opening of “How Does Your Garden Grow?” was celebrated with a reception on Sunday, July 9. A steady stream of people flowed through the hospital lobby to view the art, meet some of the artists, listen to the harp music of Candace Kreitlow, and enjoy cookies and coffee served by the Southern Coos Hospital Auxiliary.
Artists of all ages and mediums contributed works that fit into the theme of gardens and pollinators. Some familiar names in the Bandon area art world, including Victoria Tierney, Sunny Kudo, Carol Waxham, and Susan Lehman were seen, as well as a myriad of others.
Many of Bandon’s youth contributed to “How Does Your Garden Grow?”. This past school year, Ocean Crest Elementary School’s 1st-4th graders participated in the Wild Rivers Pollinators Project, part of which involved contributing art pieces to this show. The Wild Rivers Pollinators Project included science instruction by the the head of the school district’s Go Native program, Darcy Grahek, and the art project was led by artist-in-resident, Vicki Affatati. The students learned about the importance of pollinators and their habitats.
The purpose of “How Does Your Garden Grow?” is twofold. As with other shows at the hospital, the art brightens up the lobby, providing a welcoming, peaceful, and colorful setting for hospital patients, staff and visitors. This particular show, however, is also intended to teach those of us who have come to enjoy it about the importance of the pollination process.
A new show is installed at the Southern Coos Hospital every few months. No fee is required of artists to participate, although donations are accepted. The costs of the shows are underwritten by the hospital for the benefit of the community.