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Art at EvergreenHealth

Research indicates that experiencing art can have a powerful positive impact upon mood, mental state, recovery time and pain perception. EvergreenHealth is committed to providing exceptional care by offering peaceful, beautiful, healing environments as well as the latest in breakthrough medical technology.

We are committed to displaying the works of community artists and artists managed by local galleries.

Our collection includes works in oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel, monotype, collage, glass, clay, copper, bronze and steel. The collection continues to grow through donations, gifts, fundraising, loaned art and also through the generous support of the EvergreenHealth Foundation and EvergreenHealth Auxiliary.

Everyone's Journey is Different

red and orange woven silk on blue background

When you pass by the entrance to the Halvorson Cancer Center, have you noticed the sculpture installation titled "Everyone's Journey is Different"? This is a well-traveled hallway; it's likely that you've walked past many times on your way to the Silver coffee cart or Café 128. Next time, we invite you to stop and look more closely.

Artist Barbara Zander was commissioned to create a piece honoring the dedication of the Halvorson Cancer Center, and to capture the hopes and messages of those affected by cancer – our patients, staff and community of family members. Barbara created panels of metal, and she dyed silk fabric in colors of turquoise, red, orange and green. She then batiked the turquoise silk, using hot wax, and covered the metal with the batiked fabric. Next she cut the red, orange and green silk pieces into strips for messaging.

Colorful art installation by Barbara ZanderDuring community dedication events for the Cancer Center, everyone was invited to share a message to loved ones – words of hope, a quote or just a name – to signify a life affected by cancer. Barbara became a familiar face as she attended multiple events to collect the messages written on the strips of silk. By the time of the final dedication of the sculpture, over 100 people had written their messages. Barbara then carefully wove the silk strips into the installation.

If you left a message, your name is listed on the acrylic panel beside the sculpture. You may also see your handwriting, if you look closely enough at the woven panels of green or red or orange. Occasionally, a word is visible through the weavings.

If you haven't noticed this sculpture, stop by on your journey. Every journey is different.