Art & Healing . . .

Cummer Mural

Stephanie partnered with Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens to bring the Cummer gardens to the Alzheimer Unit of St. Catherine Laboure Manner in Jacksonville Florida. The long-term nursing home in Riverside started a mural project a year ago with help from the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens in the hope that art would create a healing atmosphere."It's about the importance of art in our lives," Sipp said. "Art isn't just about being in a museum. People walk into this unit and become emotionally engaged." Florida Times Union article.

The unit's walls are covered in images of green, leafy trees, snaking vines and a fountain from the Cummer gardens. Outside each resident's room is an individualized, homey touch, such as an architectural border or a perching bird. Though it is hard to quantify the impact of art on healing, staff members at St. Catherine said they have already seen some positive results with the Alzheimer residents. The art benefits more than just the patients. One family member wrote a glowing letter of support for the project to try to secure additional funding to finish the last two hallways.

The Art of Hospice Care

Sipp is one of nine area artists in "The Art of Hospice Care" at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. The exhibit celebrates the 25th anniversary of Community Hospice of Northeast Florida and will hang in the Art Connections section of the museum through December. A special cafe night highlighting the works will be held Thursday at the museum.

Stephanie Sipp used birds in her paintings that “represent that easy flow of life and death.” We tend not to embrace death.

"We tend to not embrace it," she said. "The birds represent that easy flow of life and death."

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