PCH/FMC Hosts Free Art Show; Local artists, poetry, music featured

PCH/FMC Hosts Free Art Show; Local artists, poetry, music featured


Paris Community Hospital/Family Medical Center supports area artists by displaying their work throughout its facilities.

The public can view this collection during a special event titled, “Art: A Prescription for Wellness,” on Sunday, April 30, from 2 to 4 pm. Admission is free. The Bicentennial Art Center and Museum in Paris and Arts Illiana are assisting with the event.

The items displayed at PCH/FMC represent the largest permanent art collection by area artists in Edgar County.

“This permanent display of art is a benefit to patients and caregivers, as well as a way to promote the work of area artists,” said Cindy Belt, PCH/FMC physician relations/business development manager and member of the art show planning committee. “Studies show that moods change when people see beautiful artwork. The walls throughout our facility provide color, comfort, and hope.”

The PCH/FMC art collection includes paintings by the late Wayne B. Hall of Paris. Several of his oil paintings will be available for purchase at the April 30 event.

“This is a treat for area art lovers as Hall never sold any of his paintings,” Belt explained.

In addition, Ixtaccihuatl Menchaca – the wife of Dr. Arturo Menchaca, urogynecologist at PCH/FMC – will do a poetry reading at 3 pm. Several of Mrs. Menchaca’s poems have been published. Two of her poems will be printed on a bookmark and distributed to art show attendees.

Music will be provided throughout the afternoon by Downstate Strings, a string quartet from Charleston.

Wayne B. Hall Paintings
The hospital’s collection includes two still life paintings by Wayne B. Hall, who was a realist painter who took subjects from the world around him and represented them in a lifelike manner. Several of the subjects for his paintings, as well as his painting coveralls and numerous cans of brushes, will be displayed at the event.

Hall’s daughter, Linda Hall of Paris, who is serving on the event planning committee, has personally selected the paintings for the special display. She also recently presented the hospital with a second painting done by her father.

“He did roofing for a living, which always seemed odd to me because he was such a gifted artist,” said Linda Hall. “He painted for pleasure. He painted what he wanted to paint – not what someone told him to paint. He said he went to a whole other place when he painted, which I think shows in his paintings.”

Poetry Readings
Poet Ixtaccihuati Menchaca moved to Paris over two years ago with her husband, Dr. Arturo Menchaca. Growing up in Chicago, Mrs. Menchaca has written poetry most of her life. Her poetry conveys the contrasts and contradictions of living in the United States with a traditional Mexican upbringing. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago where she earned a bachelor of art’s degree in anthropology and English literature. She later returned for her master’s degree with a specialty in creative writing and poetry.

Art Show Committee
In addition to Linda Hall, Mrs. Menchaca, and Cindy Belt, other members of the hospital art show planning committee include: Susan Stafford of Paris, executive director of the Bicentennial Art Center and Museum; Christie Russell, art center board member and Paris artist who has several paintings featured in the hospital’s permanent collection; Dale Anderson of Paris, development director of Arts Illiana in Terre Haute; Sharon Phillips; and Callie Baber.

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