Sarah Thielemier had a vision to try to do something for the local hospital. After brainstorming with others who felt the same way, the idea of hanging artwork along the empty walls to add splashes of color and sprucing up the waiting areas became a project of love. To make it even better and more personalized to Pocahontas, Sarah enlisted the principals of the local schools to involve children in drawing the artwork. Art teachers at Alma Spikes Elementary, M.D. Williams and St. Paul chose the pieces from students’ work and Laura Tribble at Pinnacle Frame arranged for the pictures to be framed. The result speaks for itself. A walk down the hallways will make you smile when you see the amazing creations of the students.
Students up to 6th grade participated and not only is the artwork original and colorful, it is an expression of a child’s imagination and a reminder to all who see the pictures, that the local hospital is not a sterile, cold place, but a place of healing and caring and even warmth.
Sarah said she felt the project was
Becky Brown, Luther Lewis and myself hung several pictures of the art and have several more to go. I have heard the reaction with the employees this morning was really great and the people where stopping in their tracks yesterday to see what was going on! I know that this is really a small thing, but sometimes you have to start small to make big things happen!
When this is all over I will have to send a big thanks out to Luther Lewis, Joey Radcliff, Becky Brown, Laura Tribble and everyone at Pinnacle, Cara Beller and Shawn Carter of Pocahontas Schools, Maria Dickson and Joan Gross of St Paul School, Pam and Paul Carr, and I am sure a few others! This is an amazing project!!!
This article was written and shared with us by Anita Murphy, Pocahontas Stars Magazine