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Healing Arts Program

Art contributes to healing. You can contribute through art.

The St. Joseph Healthcare Healing Arts Program was established in 2014 by a group of enthusiastic volunteers, staff and artists. The purpose of the Healing Arts Program is to enhance the healthcare environment and aid in healing and recovery. The program is overseen by the St. Joseph Healthcare Art Commission, a group of volunteers who guide the exhibition and acquisition of art in many different forms: rotating art exhibits, permanent collections, sculpture, music and performances.

The growth of the Healing Arts program is supported by generous donors and the dedication of our amazing volunteers.

Arts Endowment Fund

We’re excited and grateful to announce the Mona Blitz Healing Arts Endowment Fund. In loving memory of his wife, Sandford (Sandy) Blitz generously funded the Mona Blitz Art Cart in 2014 (read more below) and has most recently created an endowed fund to support the continuance and expansion of the Healing Arts program, which provides art in many forms to aid with healing and recovery.

If you believe in the healing qualities of art and wish to strengthen the Mona Blitz Healing Arts Endowment Fund with a gift, click the "Donate Now" button above.

Mona Blitz Art Cart

The Mona Blitz Art Cart is designed to provide patients with art of their own choosing to decorate their room during their hospital stay. Our St. Joseph Healthcare Volunteers travel around the hospital with an iPad loaded with images of available art. The art for the Mona Blitz Art Cart was generously donated by Sandy Blitz, Mona's husband. Mona Blitz was a resident of Hudson, Maine, and was a former patient of St. Joseph Hospital and Hospice of St. Joseph. She passed away in 2014.

Bangor Symphony Orchestra duoBangor Symphony Orchestra duet play on third floor at St. Joe's

We’re proud to have added music to our Healing Arts program, through a partnership with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra. The third Tuesday of each month cellist Marisa Solomon and violinist Lynn Brubaker will play for patients, visitors and staff at St. Joe’s on the third, fourth and sixth floors of the hospital.

The Gallery at 900

The Gallery at 900 is home to St. Joseph Healthcare Internal Medicine at Building 5 of the 900 Broadway campus. The Gallery at 900 is host to a rotating art exhibit as well as permanent and loaned collections. Other exhibit space includes various hallways and meeting rooms at St. Joseph Hospital at 360 Broadway in Bangor. To apply to be considered for an independent exhibit at The Gallery at 900, please read our guidelines.

Highlighted Artists at The Gallery

The St. Joseph Healthcare Art Commission is pleased to welcome these artists to The Gallery at 900.

Nov 1, 2019 - January 31, 2020

Clyde Folsom

Clyde Folsom

Clyde Folsom was born in Millinocket and lived in Bangor with his wife Carolyn, until his death in 2018. Carolyn is happy to present this show and sale of Clyde’s work at St. Joseph Internal Medicine.

A self-taught artist, he started painting at the age of 28, after having been inspired to do so by the artistic accomplishments of his wife. His first painting was done of an old brass cup. He took the cup into his basement, attached it to an old barn board, and spent the next three months completing the artwork. After that, Clyde never stopped painting.

Clyde worked in acrylic and pastels, but was drawn mostly to watercolor, drawing most of his subjects from his native surroundings in Maine. He received numerous awards for his art, including several Purchase Prize Awards at the TV-2 Sidewalk Art Festival and in 2012, Best of Show at the Waterville Sidewalk Art Festival.

A past president of the Bangor Art Society, Clyde taught in Maine high schools for several years and served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a college counselor at UMaine’s Counseling Center for 31 years. He was also well known in Central and Northern Maine as a Maine Humorist and Storyteller. He received his B.A. Degree from Ricker College, his M.Ed. from Pennsylvania State University, and his Ed.D. from the University of Maine.



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