An art display was unveiled last week in the Stettler hospital acute-care unit. From left are William E. Hay Composite High School Grade 10 art students Mycaela Henderson

Hospital wing showcases high school students’ art

Display creates ‘positive, healthy experience for patients, visitors

As an added attraction at Stettler Hospital and Care Centre, a display featuring student art was unveiled last week.

The frame in the hall of the acute-care wing showcases art from William E. Hay Composite High School students.

“The Creative Connections wall was a project that first began at Red Deer Regional Hospital, which provided art work from local schools and artists to showcase their talent,” said Diane Palmer, the site manager of the hospital and acting manager of acute care.

“By featuring artists, it was our intention to create a positive, healthy experience for our patients and visitors.

“Because we have received such positive response to this project, volunteer resources in the central zone want to expand the Creative Connections project into some of our rural hospitals.”

Also featured in hospitals in Drumheller, Lacombe, Ponoka, Rimbey, Bentley and Rocky Mountain House, the Creative Connections display was added to Stettler’s facility to enhance the decor of the hallway.

“It’s good to work with students and we want to promote local art and talent,” said Don Letwinetz, a community relations advisor for Encana, which donated the frame.

“People in the hospital will be happy and able to enjoy the works.”

Art pieces will be changed about four times a year.

The Stettler high school art teacher welcomed the project.

“It’s a great opportunity to get student art in the community and it’s a good partnership,” Erroll Brager said.

People are invited to view the art during their visits to the hospital.

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