Art dislay brings life to Harrison's walls

In mid-July the first floor corridors of Harrison Hospital in Bremerton became an art venue.

Lorie Erickson, Harrison’s environmental services director, decided to add art to the newly painted or wallpapered walls of the hospital’s main floor. She got the paintings and other wall-art from the Bainbridge Arts and Crafts’ Art Lending Program.

Erickson is now looking for another local gallery to connect with for the Silverdale and South Kitsap campuses.

“I plan to dive into that project within the next month,” she said.

The paintings currently displayed in Harrison Silverdale were donated by Port Ludlow-based artist Max Hayslette, Erickson said.

In her plan to bring an art lending program to the Silverdale campus, she said she will keep the Hayslette art and add a wing or floor of new pieces.

In Bremerton the art was part of a large refurbishment, including new furniture, flooring and color palette.

The art along the hall’s wall, across where friends and family wait for loved ones to come out of same-day surgery, is Harrison property. Erickson said she purchased the paintings with funds from the refurbishment budget. She wanted to make sure once the paintings were up they would stay there, avoiding the small puncture holes in the brand new wallpaper.

But the art mounted on the painted walls is for sale. The proceeds go toward BAC’s programs. BAC is a nonprofit gallery with functions such as art education for the community, grants for art materials to public schools, and scholarships and awards for young artists.

Harrison Hospital also supports the gallery through a business membership.

But the art benefits not only local artists, but Harrison’s visitors and patients.

“It’s really fun, I think, to integrate art and medicine,” Erickson said.

The art in the hallways allows families and friends to take take their mind away from worries.

“I think art just helps create a healing environment,” Erickson added.

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