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This week Paul Luce & Sandy Hartley shared more information about Reflections: A Restorative Gallery at Miami County Medical Center.
 
Reflections is the product of a partnership between Miami County Medical Center & the Miami County Arts Coalition. Paul Luce, the Vice President of Operations at Miami County Medical Center was looking for a way to bolster their image and better serve the community. In mid-2013, he and his colleagues brainstormed ways to join the essence of the community and an art gallery came to mind. "Art has a place in the healing process," Luce said, "we wanted to do something to promote history of the community."
 
The Miami County Arts Coalition started in 2012 and is part of the Kansas Arts Foundation, a group of non-profit organizations that strengthens the cultural and artistic fabrics of the community. Sandy Hartley is the current treasurer, and she joined Paul in promoting Reflections. "Art has a way of fostering a feeling of connection with others," Hartley said, "we hope this will reflect the community in a way that assists patients and family members during difficult times. We are devoted to the art of healing - it is the nature of who we are."
 
Reflections will start as a 120 foot linear space in a hallway in Miami County Medical Center where local artists will be on display. It will not be a selling gallery, but a place for viewing and relaxation. While artists do not have to live in Miami County, they must have a significant connection to Miami County in order to be a part of the gallery.
 
The collections will rotate every 4-6 months, and the first feature will be a display of fine art, including oils, acrylics, charcoals, pastels and framed works of art. The next rotation will feature photographic art.
 
The Grand Opening reception will be Sunday, May 3 from 2-4pm.
 
More about the Miami County Arts Coalition:
  • it is a non-member 501 (c) 3
  • no dues are required
  • there is a self-selecting board
  • they have a website http://micoarts.org/
  • they promote local artists at no charge
  • in 2008 there were 4 art galleries in Paola, now there is just one studio
  • the president is Judge Steve Montgomery
  • the secretary is Sandy Hartley
  • they will show ALL of the submissions through a PowerPoint, even if the art is not showcased in Reflections
"We don't know where this is going to go," Luce said.
 
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