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Paintings help soothe the souls of Hospice House patients and families
BY JACQUELYN LEWIS, The Island Packet
Published Friday, August 5, 2005
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Richmond Hill artist Maureen Kerstein says she felt like she not only was helping herself, but others, too, when she mounted her current watercolor exhibit at the
Hospice Savannah Art Gallery.
quot;I wanted to have a huge show where I could show a lot of my work,quot; she says. quot;And it was nice that it benefited hospice. It
makes you feel like you are doing something good.quot;
Hospice Savannah opened its art gallery, located inside Hospice House at 1352 Eisenhower Drive, about seven years ago,
with the goal of providing soothing artwork for patients and their families at the palliative care facility, says art gallery
coordinator Beth Logan.
quot;It just helps (Hospice House) to be a much better place,quot; Logan says. quot;We are always striving to make it calm and more
home-like, and not so institutionalized.quot;
She says another goal was to help the community learn more about hospice.
quot;There were a lot of misconceptions about what Hospice House was about,quot; Logan says. quot;This
was a way we could invite the community to come in and see artwork, and take away some of the
myths they might have about visiting hospice.quot;
The gallery also benefits Hospice Savannah because the artists always donate a portion of exhibit
sales to the organization, Logan adds.
Photo: quot;Beachcomberquot; in
watercolor by Maureen Kerstein.
She says the gallery changes exhibits every two months, and the artwork always is suitable for
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quot;We always get stuff that is going to tie in with the environment,quot; Logan says.
Kerstein's 25 paintings on exhibit are mostly seascapes, skyscapes and florals.
Kerstein, a member of the Georgia Watercolor Society who originally is from Michigan, describes the paintings as contemporary and