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


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