Thursday January 3, 2013

BRATTLEBORO -- The halls of Brattleboro Memorial Hospital have been graced with paintings by local artists who draw inspiration from agricultural and natural settings.

The show, "Farm Art," is presented in collaboration with Strolling of the Heifers, and was curated by artist Caryn King. It will remain on view through May. All of the works are for sale, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Strolling of the Heifers.

The artists represented in the show are Caryn King, Georgie, Lesley Heathcote, Lynn Hoeft, Nancie McLean, Steven Meyer, Janet Picard, Margorie Sayer, Robin Stronk and Margot Torrey. All live and work in the Brattleboro area.

"All of the artists are inspired by -- and also celebrate -- local land, farmers, farm animals, wildlife and the natural world here in Southern Vermont," King said. "We’re excited to be showing these works through the generosity of Brattleboro Memorial Hospital."

Ellen Smith, executive director of development and community relations at BMH, said that hosting the display helps the hospital raise awareness about its commitment to local agriculture.

"Eating locally-grown and produced foods is a healthy choice for individuals and good way to support our community," says Smith. "Whenever possible, we use locally-sourced ingredients and foods in both the cafeteria and items on patient room service menus.


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For more information about the art, or to purchase paintings, call Caryn King at 802-380-7006.

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital has provided health care services for more than 100 years. A licensed, 61-bed, not-for-profit community hospital located in southeastern Vermont, it serves a rural population of about 55,000 people in 22 towns in Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. The medical staff includes 137 board-certified physicians, both primary care and specialists, and its 572 employees enjoy the help of more than 110 active volunteers.

Strolling of the Heifers is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting farmers and sustainable communities. Each year in June, Strolling of the Heifers presents the Strolling of the Heifers Parade, in which heifer calves and other farm animals, bedecked with flowers, are led up Brattleboro’s Main Street. When it’s over, the crowd follows the parade to the Live Green Expo for food, entertainment, education and fun. Stroll Weekend will be June 7-9 in 2013. The organization also presents the annual Slow Living Summit, a conference in Brattleboro focused on mindful, sustainable living and resilient communities. More information is at www.strollingoftheheifers.com.