Stillwater News Press

June 27, 2013

Stillwater Medical Center Foundation selling art to raise money for warm-water pool

By Chase Rheam
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — Works of art and unique views from around the United States will be available to purchase for a good cause this weekend.

The Stillwater Medical Center Foundation Art Show and Sale takes place 3-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church’s Life Center.

SMC Foundation representative Teresa Hopkins said last year, photographers submitted their work as part of a competition.

“The art became our property and it’s now in the hospital on the third floor in the cafeteria and patient areas,” Hopkins said.

The idea was to bring some color and interesting art to the hospital for patients to see. The turnout was more than expected, she said. More than 95 photos were submitted, framed and matted to meet hospital requirements.

“Last year, we could have sold everything we had, so this year, not needing as many photos in the hospital, we chose to sell them to the public,” Hopkins said.

In addition to the 67 art pieces for sale, a German-born artist who resided in Stillwater and taught art locally will have 21 of his works on display and available for purchase. Many of Jacques Hans Gallrein’s oil paintings depict places around the United States including Colorado, Oklahoma and California. Some of Gallrein’s work had been placed for auction in previous foundation events, but this will be the first time a large collection of his will be available.

“On the photographic art, we have landscapes, florals, animals, skies; if you think about it you can probably find it there,” Hopkins said.

Money raised at the event will go toward a warm water pool to be built at the Stillwater Medical Center’s new location along West 12th Avenue.