For several years now, I have had the pleasure of being an artist chosen by Center Stage to participate in artistic events at Hershey Medical Center. Center Stage is a non-for-profit organization within the hospital that brings the arts to patients in order to enhance healing and provide an outlet for patient emotions. Hershey Medical Center is one of many major medical facilities that have recognized the correlation between art and healing. Their efforts through Center Stage are nationally recognized, and serve as a model for may other hospitals across the country.
One of the efforts that is underway through this program is ceiling tile paintings. Local artists volunteer their time to paint ceiling tiles on site, which are then placed into procedure and patient rooms. This provides patients with something beautiful to look at while undergoing tests, or while recovering in bed. From personal experience, I can honestly say this will make a huge difference to those experiencing long-term illnesses.
Yesterday, I had the honor of being invited to paint one of these ceiling tiles on site in the main lobby of Hershey Medical Center. I chose to paint a winter scene that depicts how the snow and ice, that many of us dread, can actually be perfectly reflective of the colors around us. Often, we focus on the cold, withering, and dormant aspects of this season. We fail to see how beautifully God displays His colors on the reflective surfaces of white snow and translucent ice. My hope is that this piece reminds viewers that absolutely stunning beauty surrounds us, even in seasons of drastic change and demise.