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Art meets Good Samaritan

The healing properties of art have long been known, so it’s no surprise that several Valley hospitals and medical centers choose original works of art when decorating spaces used by patients and their families.

The following photographs feature art I discovered recently at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, where both my husband and our three children were born…

 One of many ceramic works exhibited on columns in the Healing Garden

“Woman” by Carole Harrison near the Laura Dreier Breast Center

Work donated by artist Bil Keane to the Family Learning Center

Detail of the Bil Keane work above, dedicated to nurse Terry Ratner

Model Monique Sisneros, 31, by artist Monica Aissa Martinez

Model Rosalie Kern, 60, by artist Idakatherine Graver

Joan Baron work exhibited in the Laura Dreier Breast Center

I was especially excited to see the work of Bil Keane, whose pieces we’ve long enjoyed during visits to the Sugar Bowl in Scottsdale — a local business that’s depicted in several of Keane’s comic strips.

It’s comforting to know that while Keane’s family, friends and fans are mourning his recent death, Arizonans can continue to experience little pieces of Keane’s personality in the places he appreciated.

– Lynn

Note: Click here to read a tribute to Bil Keane written by artist Stephan Pastis, creator of “Pearls Before Swine,” who made a recent appearance at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe.

Coming up: When parenting isn’t pretty, The fine art of flags, Heroes meet horses

Art adventures: Scottsdale ArtWalk

The Scottsdale ArtWalk takes place every Thursday from 7-9pm, and features access to art sorts of galleries.

During a recent evening spent at the Scottsdale ArtWalk, I ran into plenty of families — including children and teens eager to show me their favorite pieces of art.

The event had a very casual, friendly vibe. The art exhibited was diverse and interesting. And it’s a fun event for both art afficianados and folks who just want to get out and try something new.

I took photos of my Scottsdale ArtWalk adventures — which I’m sharing below in the hopes that you’ll feel inspired to head out to Scottsdale yourself some Thursday night.

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Visit the Scottsdale Galleries website to learn more about galleries featured in this post, as well as other galleries that participate in the Scottsdale ArtWalk every Thursday evening.

– Lynn

Note: Click here to learn about Scottsdale Artists’ School, which offers classes for children, teens and adults.

Coming up: What’s new at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art?

Update: After writing the post, I received two related e-mails, a “thank you” from the Scottsdale Gallery Association — a classy gesture that’s always appreciated. And another from the Calvin Charles Gallery, who invited me to drop by their gallery next time I’m in what’s now called “The Original Scottsdale Downtown.” Here’s a link to their post, which features all sorts of photos of their gallery.

Art is for the birds!

Hallways throughout the Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center are lined with various types of artwork -- including the photo exhibit pictured here

You might think that art is for the birds if you ever find yourself walking the long walls of a hospital worrying about the fate of a loved one. After all, what’s so special about art when a life may hang in the balance?

I learned the hard way over the weekend when my 21-year-old son, who studies and volunteers in the field of desert habitat and wildlife preservation, was having surgery at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center.

It was a long walk from admitting to the surgical waiting area the morning we arrived at the hospital just before 5:30am for surgery prep. The artwork we encountered along the way felt familiar somehow, and helped to ground me during the anxious wait for surgery results (all good, so far, by the way).

I eagerly snapped photos early in Christopher’s stay, before the wear and tear of sleeping all night in a chair took hold and I found myself unable to relocate the photos I so admired to scribble the names of the folks who’d taken them. (Note to the nurses: I’m in love with that chair, and thank you for helping me settle into it.)

Scottsdale Healthcare Shea is a sprawling hospital and medical campus — but lacks the color-coding and other clues to various departments that I’ve so long taken for granted at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. I promise to get back just as soon as we are able to collect proper credits and fold them back into this post.

But for now, I’m happier than you might imagine to be sharing a bit of art with you. (Families whose loved ones fare less well have no time to shoot or share photos.) As I walked this hall, many of the photos conjured memories of our various Arizona adventures as a family through the years.

Photo galleries and other works of art help turn worried walks through long hospital corridors into sentimental strolls down memory lane

The trip James and I took when he was a young associate at Fennemore Craig law firm, and I was pregnant with Christopher. My bulging belly felt nearly as large as the caveronous Grand Canyon we overlooked together with awe. (Okay, I might have been a tad short on awe readying for an August birth in Arizona.)

The drives taken to visit James’ parents when they lived in Las Vegas (more on that story in an upcoming issue of Raising Arizona Kids magazine). The jaunts to visit Jennifer while she was attending school in Sedona, and the trips to Prescott each summer for a week of chorus camp. Hiking field trips all our kids took with classmates from Desert View Learning Center (James chaperones outings that require breaking a sweat).

The photos also called to mind certain family eccentricities (most of which would be better blabbed by book than blog). Like the fact that we all get weak-kneed over those adorable birds with the things on top of their heads. I can never remember the names of these quail (too many years watching similar but different birds in Alaska) — so I’ve resorted to calling them “dingadings.”

“Dingading” sightings on the way to or from school each day are cause for celebration in our little world — one of life’s simple pleasures, I suppose. Which might explain why Christopher and I so enjoyed a trip taken earlier this year to the Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center in Phoenix.

The afternoon outing was taken before the word “cancer” entered his personal vocabulary — when the “C-words” most commonly uttered between us were “camera” and “critter.” I’ll be sharing a slide show of that day’s adventures with you in a future post — hoping it inspires you to take some time with your own family to explore the outdoor habitat and indoor exhibits at the Center.

The Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center in Phoenix features indoor exhibits and outdoor areas for enjoying Arizona plant and animal life

If you still need the lecture about why making time for such family moments is important, you haven’t been reading posts from Raising Arizona Kids writers closely enough of late — many of which share our encounters with some of life’s toughest moments.

Somewhere in my travels, probably time spent enjoying the Raising Arizona Kids Magazine Camp Fair last month, I picked up a bookmark noting upcoming events at the Rio Salado Audubon Center — like the free “Migration Celebration” festival scheduled for Sat, April 9, from 9am-3pm.

My nifty bookmark reminds me that “Springtime at the Audubon Center” includes a “nature story and craft time” every Saturday at 10am, a “stream stroll” to explore the habitat every Sunday at 11am, and live animals with “Liberty Wildlife” every 2nd Saturday at 11am. Plus weekend bird walks and classes.

I got all that from the front of the bookmark. The back describes “Camp Audubon Adventures” from Audubon Arizona — including five week-long sessions (weekly camps start June 13 and end July 22; there’s no camp the week of July 4).

All camps run from 8am-1pm, but after care is available from 1-5pm for an additional charge. Camp themes include “Jr. Naturalist,” “Bird Blitz,” “Pollinator Power,” and “CSI Audubon.” Interested campers and those who love them can learn more by clicking here – and feel free to offer your best bird call while doing so.

I’m grateful that Christopher is back home with us now, healing and feeling eager to explore more of Arizona and the many wonders in our own backyard.

– Lynn

Note: Watch for future posts featuring slide shows of art at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center and the Rio Salado Audubon Center.

Coming up: A walk on the “Wilde” side, Make my “Green Day!”

Make an art teacher’s day!

Small gifts of time, talent or financial resources can make a big difference in school arts programs — especially when we all pitch in. Enjoy supporting  arts learning at your child’s school in one or more of the following ways:

Research, plan and/or chaperone for arts-related field trips

"Kate's Flower" by Kate M., Age 5

Volunteer to create/install bulletin boards or other exhibit spaces

Donate arts-related books or other media materials to the school library

Attend school arts performances — even when your child is not performing

Pay (or offer to simply do the shopping) for arts-related supplies

Invite friends, family and neighbors to school art exhibits and performances

Share information on arts events and organizations happening in the community with school art teachers

Volunteer to assist with art projects in the classroom (and school clubs)

Donate funds dedicated to professional development for arts teachers

"Lion's Heart" by Gabriel C., Age 7

Volunteer to plan, coordinate and/or execute art exhibits and other events

Suggest community partnerships that might benefit schools and businesses/other organizations

Donate arts-related items you’re no longer using at home (such as musical instruments)

Offer to fund an arts-related field tip to visit a museum or see a theater, dance or music performance

Talk to art students about your own arts-related interests, hobbies or career

"Shy Bear" by Isaiah G., Age 7

Donate art storage items such as cabinets, shelves and crates

Volunteer time to sew costumes, paint sets and more

Stay informed about arts education issues and let legislators know the arts matter in our schools

Support creative play at home with time, space and materials for making visual art, theater and more

Give arts-related gifts such as subscriptions to arts magazines dealing with teacher areas of interest

Help arts teachers develop and share their wish lists of needed materials

Photograph student art to display on the school website

"Happy Flower" by Eilene, Age 12

Volunteer to read arts-related books during storytimes

Share interesting articles you come across about arts news, education, policy and more

Donate gift cards teachers can use at art supply stores

Collect supplies arts teachers are looking for (such as newspapers for paper mache)

Volunteer to arrange guest speakers/guest performers in the arts

Let administrators and board members know you value arts education

"Cutout Snowflake" by Toby M., Age 7

When in doubt, just ask. And remember to thank and compliment your child’s art teachers when you admire their work. Encouragement and appreciation can be the finest gifts of all.

–Lynn

Note: If you’re an arts teacher or parent with other ideas and suggestions on supporting school arts programs, please share them with fellow readers in the comment section below

Coming up: Arts camps for fall/winter break

Artwork featured in this post is from the PCH Kids Art collection, available through Phoenix Children’s Hospital at www.pchkidsart.com. The collection includes art prints, all occasion cards, holiday cards and more — with proceeds benefiting the PCH Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.