Hospital Supporting Local Artists with Rotating Exhibit

LEONARDTOWN, Md.—One first-floor hallway at MedStar St. Mary's Hospital felt a little less like a medical facility and a little more like an art gallery this summer. Joining other members of the Leonardtown Business Association in celebrating the arts, the hospital began hosting a rotating exhibit of paintings in the hallway outside of the newly renovated sleep lab in June. The rotating exhibit at MedStar St. Mary's had its second series of artwork installed earlier this month.

"For many years, the works of local artists have brightened the walls of our hospital," said Christine Wray, president of MedStar St. Mary's Hospital. "As a community hospital, we strive to reflect the culture of the individuals we serve and there is no better way to do that than through artwork created by the people who live here."

In July 2013, Leonardtown became Maryland's 22nd Arts and Entertainment District, the first and only one in Southern Maryland. Maryland was one of the first states to create a statewide tax benefit jurisdiction for arts and entertainment. Leonardtown's district is limited to 100 acres encompassing most of the downtown area; however, other businesses outside of that area also showcase artwork.

"Displaying artwork at local businesses is a wonderful way to connect artists with people who may never visit a local gallery," said Holly Meyer, director of MedStar St. Mary's Marketing, P.R. and Philanthropy Department. "There is so much talent here in our county; everyone should be given as many opportunities as possible to enjoy it."

The exhibit is coordinated through the St. Mary's County Arts Council and features nine artists. All of the artwork on display is available for purchase through the individual artists.

Source: MedStar St. Mary's Hospital

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