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Huntsville Hospital for Women and Children unveils patient artwork

Huntsville Hospital artwork (Source: WAFF) Huntsville Hospital artwork (Source: WAFF)

The Patient Art Gallery at Huntsville Hospital for Women and Children is receiving a lot of attention.  

Child Life Department Coordinator Eugene Johnson gives credit to co-worker Melissa Lawson for combining arts with healing with the Child Life Arts in Medicine Program encourages pediatric patients to tune into their creative side.

"They're going to see art that patient's families while here and these patients and families are going through difficult times and this is a way to allow them both an escape and as an expressive way to show their feelings and to have fun while in the hospital," said Johnson.
He says all that can be express through the artwork.   

"The bright colors, sometimes the medium, whether they're touching the paints.  Just even the actual process of doing the art is very therapeutic in children.  And the truth is even the parents enjoy the whole process," Johnson said.

The process for these works is really very simple.  It's a process called paper marbling.  And Johnson says you'll find artists as young as age three.   

"We will have children who have been in a car wreck who is able to show on paper how they are feeling.  And sometimes the words are not there but they are able to show on paper with paints, with different mediums how they are feeling about what's going on.  Some are able to show how they feel about having cancer.  Some are able to show about just being sick and so it's really a great way for them to express what's going on," said Johnson.

He says it's also a release for parents.  

"When we see parents worried so much about their children, and they're seeing their child work through difficult things going on in their lives and it's beneficial to the parents they can see that the children are processing what's going on and so it's good for the whole family," he said.

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