Crouse President and CEO Paul Kronenberg, MD, and Crouse Librarian Kristine Delaney greeted Art Teacher Susan Barry and her students on Friday, Dec. 17 after school, when the exhibit was unveiled in a main corridor just off the hospital's main entrance.
A bright idea by a teacher, coupled with the imagination of her students, has created a permanent wall of color and creation for patients, visitors and staff at Crouse Hospital.
It all started one day this fall when Susan Barry, art teacher at State Street School in Skaneateles, visited a cousin who was a patient at Crouse. Although the hospital’s Healing Environment Committee has brought in a number of art projects to liven the corridors, Barry’s keen eye saw they could use more.
After receiving the green light from the hospital, Barry set to work. This fall her students worked hard on art projects with the intent of putting their colorful drawings onto cups, water bottles and mouse pads in a special fundraiser/sale that had was offered through the school for the first time.
Barry, her students and the hospital worked together to come up with a special standing exhibit of artwork created by third, fourth and fifth graders from State Street School. From the artwork students carefully created this fall, 30 works were selected to be framed and hung in the exhibit. Proceeds from the “Art to Remember” project, and Skaneateles Town Square Ace Hardware's generous donation of all the glass, allowed Barry to frame all of the artwork.
“It is very win/win, with the students excited about their art/products and the hospital excited about their new exhibit,” said Barry about the project. "We hope that the art our students created will be a source of healing and inspiration for staff, visitors and patients."
Crouse wishes to thank Kris Delaney for working with Ms. Barry to bring the exhibit to the hospital and Engineering Manager Gary Schuehler for his patience and pin-point accuracy in getting the exhibit mounted so it looks picture perfect!