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The Woods
Student artists at William Woods are bringing color and life to the
walls of Jefferson City’s new Creektrail Clinics, which operate as
part of St. Mary’s Health Center.
Knowing that
Terry Martin
, WWU professor of art, is a proponent
of “healing art,” St. Mary’s Health Center contacted him to see
whether his students would produce paintings to brighten the
examination rooms at Creektrail Clinics.
Martin asked his students to create unique pieces of art as part
of The Woods’ service-learning program. Service-learning
utilizes community service to help students gain a deeper
understanding of course content, acquire new knowledge
and engage in civic activity.
Inspired by the calming themes and colors in nature, students
identifed Georgia O’Keefe as the perfect artist to emulate
for this project.
Dianne Lowry
'75 and
Sheila Libbert
came to
campus in November to receive the paintings, meet the student
artists and present them with Guardian Angel pins as a token
of thanks.
Lowry, a WWU alumna, is the development and foundation
coordinator of St. Mary’s Health Center. Libbert serves as
manager of Creektrail Clinics.
“I could not be more delighted to have this relationship with
William Woods,” Lowry said. “Art created by students, with our
mission in mind, is so meaningful. If you have a patient that has
a language or cultural barrier, art can immediately relax them.
Art is a spiritual expression. Beauty and color can be very
calming and translate into any language.”
Katherine Goodman
, one of the student artists and a senior in
equine administration from Kingwood, Texas, agrees: “Art
brings personality to a room. I think the art that we did will
make the clinic more inviting.”
Kelly Trustee
is proud that her art piece has a purpose. “This
project gave us experience with painting, but the end result
also goes to help a greater cause,” the senior graphic design
major from Huntsville, Mo., said. “Having our work on public
display in a clinic is a great honor; I just hope that it brings
some joy and hope to those who need it.”
Corey Blackburn
is a junior from Fulton, majoring in education
with an art concentration. “Good art allows a person to
express feelings without saying a word," she said. Some of these
pieces will bring a calming, comforting feeling to the patients.
Other more vibrant paintings will exude an invigorating feel-
ing…hopefully brightening their day when they don’t feel well.”
Paintings Brighten Creektrail Clinics
By Tara Boehl ’09