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Providing tranquil surroundings

Carolyn Pope

It’s long been held as truth that music aids in recuperation, or at the minimum, soothes the savage beast. But visual art? Just put yourself in a fire-engine red bedroom for a week and see how peaceful you feel!

Personally, if I weren’t feeling up to snuff, I’d rather spend a day in a room with Monet’s “Water lilies” than an hour at the Prado immersed in Goya’s dark period. “Saturn Devouring his Son” doesn’t exactly instill the warm fuzzies in me, either.

“Art is opiate for the brain,” says Leah Dickinson of “American Artist.”



Suzanne Sloan of the Vail Valley Medical Center’s Foundation agrees.

“Art can provide solace and inspiration and a sense of control,” Sloan says.



At the Summer Solstice Gallery Exhibition and Art Sale, held last Saturday, June 21, guests had the opportunity to purchase art and jewelry from a variety of galleries, including Beaver Creek Fine Art, Cogswell, Claggett/Rey, Karats, Knox, Pismo, Philinda, Plaza and Squash Blossom, with the artists present to answer questions. Sato and Grouse Mountain Grill, The French Press and Juniper, Tavalaccio and Alpinista provided appetizers. In addition to the proceeds from the tickets, each of the galleries were donating 25 percent of their sales for the evening to the permanent art collection of the Shaw Regional Cancer Center and the Vail Valley Medical Center.

The artwork beautifies the walls of the already lovely Shaw Cancer Center, providing the finishing touches, as well as an even more comfortable and tranquil environment to the patients being treated there. A committee, comprised of community members, employees of the medical center with fine arts backgrounds and art gallery owners, selects the appropriate art for the centers.

The first piece of work hung at the Shaw Regional Cancer Center was given by Frank Doll, who, along with his late wife, Imogene, had a large painting that they didn’t know what to do with since they didn’t feel their children would want it. Imogene passed away about two years ago from cancer.



Doll, meanwhile, spends a day a week volunteering at the center, chatting with and humoring the patients.

“I’m sorry Imogene couldn’t come here (to the Shaw Center),” says Doll. “Everything here is the very best, from the equipment to the staff.”


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