Lo­cal art finds home at new­est Hos­pice Cen­ter

The Kent Island Bay Times - - Senior Satellite -

CHESTERTOWN — Art­work cre­ated by lo­cal artists found a home at the newly ren­o­vated Hos­pice Cen­ter, lo­cated on the third floor of the Univer­sity of Mary­land Shore Med­i­cal Cen­ter at Chestertown. Com­pass Re­gional Hos­pice ren­o­vated the unit trans­form­ing it into a com­fort­able, home like en­vi­ron­ment that can ac­com­mo­date four pa­tients in pri­vate rooms. Cur­rently on dis­play are stun­ning oil paint­ings com­posed by well-known Kent County artists Bonnie How­ell and Marcy Dunn Ram­sey.

“It was im­por­tant for us to fill the Hos­pice Cen­ter with orig­i­nal art rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the com­mu­nity we serve,” said Court­ney Wil­liams, man­ager of vol­un­teer and pro­fes­sional ser­vices of Com­pass Re­gional Hos­pice. “These pieces re­flect the beauty of life and the nat­u­ral sur­rounds that our pa­tients know as home. We hope that the art be­comes syn­ony­mous with the ex­pe­ri­ence here.”

How­ell’s art­work cap­tures her pas­sion for peo­ple and the Cre­ator of life; often con­vey­ing an im­age of love, beauty, and re­spect for life and the dig­nity of an in­di­vid­ual.

“I hope my paint­ings can add a bit of beauty and peace to visi­tors dur­ing this time in their life,” she said.

Ram­sey’s art­work ex­plores the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the nat­u­ral world and the hu­man psy­che.

“In­spi­ra­tion for my art­work comes from a place of per­sonal re­sponse — they are metaphors for a cur­rent state of mind,” she said. “I hope these pieces help whoever views them to ex­plore what their feel­ing in that mo­ment.”

Ram­sey ex­pe­ri­enced first-hand the bless­ing of hos­pice ser vices, when her fa­ther-in-law passed away at home in 1985.

“It’s a tremen­dous ser­vice, per­formed in the most dig­ni­fy­ing way, at ex­actly the right time,” said Ram­sey. “I am glad to be in­volved and that these pieces found a home here.”

Visi­tors may pur­chase the art­work dis­played in the Hos­pice Cen­ter and are en­cour­aged to visit their stu­dios. How­ell’s art­work can be found on dis­play at The Artists’ Gallery and Ram­sey’s at the Mas­soni Gallery, both lo­cated in Chestertown.

If you are in­ter­ested in lend­ing or do­nat­ing art­work to be dis­played at the Hos­pice Cen­ter in Chestertown, con­tact Court­ney Wil­liams, man­ager of vol­un­teer and pro­fes­sional ser­vices, 443-262-4112, cwilliams@com­pass­re­gion­al­hos­pice.org.

Visi­tors may have no­ticed that the art­work on dis­play through­out the Hos­pice Cen­ter in Chestertown was cre­ated by Kent County artists Marcy Dunn Ram­sey (pic­tured) and Bonnie How­ell (un­avail­able for photo).

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