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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.

Photographs by Edward S. Curtis

The Wedding Party by Edward S. Curtis

EvergreenHealth is honored to feature a display of photographs by Edward S. Curtis, the best known of America's early photographers and the only photographer to leave his high-society clients behind to depict the American West and the Native American way of life. The permanent display is on the first floor of the Green zone in the EvergreenHealth Medical Center building in Kirkland.

Young Native Girl by Edward S. Curtis
Young Native Girl – This is the photo that persuaded J.P. Morgan to finance Curtis' expeditions for the next 20 years.

In 1906, Curtis persuaded financier J.P. Morgan to finance his fieldwork, and for the next 20 years, Curtis lived outdoors as a photographer and ethnologist of the Native Americans of the American Northwest and Southwest. These were the days when photographers carried heavy cameras, tripods, lighting fixtures and metal plates – all necessary to produce a single photograph. Each photograph was completed and submitted with carefully crafted field notes noting the tribe, location and more. The foreword for the monumental set of his life's work was written by Theodore Roosevelt.

EvergreenHealth first displayed 24 of Curtis' photographs, with field notes, in 2006 in the Silver Gallery, in a rotating community show brought to us by publisher Maury Flothe. Before the show moved on to a display at the American embassy in Mexico City, Flothe made a gift to EvergreenHealth of eight photos, selected by EvergreenHealth's art consultant, Kathy Feek.

Today, the publication of these images is controlled by the Library of Congress. A few of the sets produced for J.P. Morgan are in private collections. The Rainier Club in Seattle has a large collection that they have displayed for almost a hundred years. The Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. is where most people are now likely to encounter Curtis' lifework.

We are so fortunate to have these photographs on display here. Thank you to Mr. Flothe for the donation and to art curator Kathy Feek for her discerning eye and longstanding relationship with EvergreenHealth. With her work, Kathy supports the health and well-being of our patients, visitors, staff and volunteers.

"Wisteria" by Paul Horiuchi

colorful art installation by paul horiuchi

Paul Horiuchi was born in 1906, the second son of a skilled cabinetmaker and a Kabuki singer. Their home was the village of Oishi, on the shores of Lake Kawaguchi facing Mount Fuji.

Horiuchi's birth name was Chikamasa, but he changed his name to Paul in homage to Paul Cezanne. Horiuchi studied art from an early age and emigrated to the Western U.S. while in his early teens.

colorful art installation by paul horiuchiHoriuchi toiled for many years as a railroad worker but was finally able to devote himself to art full time in his mid-40s. His unusual collage style became very popular, and he came to be associated with the well-known "Northwest School" of artists.

Today he is best known for his glass mosaic backdrop to the Mural Amphitheatre at Seattle Center. His paintings and collage works are highly prized by collectors, are on permanent display in many museums, and continue to be the subjects of special exhibitions at various museums and galleries.

This piece, "Wisteria," is a many-faceted collage, noteworthy because Horiuchi made the dyes, created the paper and built the screen and framing. Every element has been touched only by the artist himself, which adds greatly to the value of the art. The art was signed by the artist in English, and Horiuchi added his chop, his Asian signature or seal.

This artwork was generously donated to EvergreenHealth by the Univar Corporation.

To locate this work, enter through the Silver Lobby and take the up escalator past the Whidbey Coffee cart. Continue to the Green zone and past the stone wall on the right. Just past the stone wall, you'll find the Horiuchi piece.

"Everyone's Journey is Different" by Barbara Zander

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.