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“Critters’ take over hospital walls

“Critters,” a new colorful free exhibit by members of the North Central Arkansas Artist League, has just been hung at the Ozark Health Medical Center on Highway 65 South in Clinton.

Seventeen regional artists have painted and drawn an animal world featuring graceful gazelles, lovable dogs, classic cats, horses, cows, sheep, beautiful birds, frogs, exotic elephants, penguins, monkeys, foxes, wolves, and more. To illustrate this creature feature, artists used oils, acrylics, pastels, watercolors, and ink — and lots of color and creativity.

Exhibiting artists live within a 50-mile radius and include Joan Bland, Jan Cobb, Raylene Finkbeiner, Diana Foote, Carolyn Goettsch, Joyce Hartmann, D.G. Hendrickson, Connie Hood, Ellen Kelly, Robbie Miller, Rosalie Musial, Charlotte B. Rierson, Doris Sexson, Mary Shelton, Alison Shreck, Judy Shumann, and Van L. Swink Jr.

The exhibit may be views from 8 a.m.- 9:30 p.m. each day. A portion of any sales of the artwork go to the Hospital Auxiliary to help benefit health projects.

The NCAAL meets each Monday from 9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. to paint or draw together at Bayside Art Studio and Gallery, Highway 330 and Greenwood, Fairfield Bay. They exhibit their art in Clinton, Greers Ferry, and Fairfield Bay, and sponsor several art workshops every year. For information about the League contact President and OHMC/NCAAL Exhibit Coordinator Joyce Hartmann, 745-6615.

“People of all ages will enjoy this exhibit,” she said. “As we hung the exhibit, we received many compliments on it from passersby. The best compliment I saw, though, was the joy in a toddler’s eyes, as he sat in his grandmother’s lap while she traveled down the hall in her wheelchair. He was too young to talk, but he was so excited, he pointed and bounced and squealed with delight as they passed each new animal. This would be a great exhibit to broaden children’s knowledge and interest in art and animals.”

The 35 new paintings will be on display until January 13, 2014. The art is located in the upper level hallways to the cafeteria, just inside the nursing home entrance.

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