If there’s one portrait that defines the recent art exhibit at Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown, it’s Clinker and the Bad Ear by Dana Hawk. The large oil on canvas brings visitors face to face, love it or hate it, with an intense puppy dog eyes experience with Clinker, Hawk's adopted pitbull-mix.
Part of Constant Companions: Contemporary Pet Portraits, the exhibit includes paintings and also quilts, all of which explore the relationship between humans and companion animals. Carol Wood-Ginder’s series of historical pet portraits bring a funky take on the familiar and usually stark style of formal Medieval-era royalty portraiture. Nestor Madalengoitia’s dreamy German Shepherd pastel is drawn entirely in hearts on blue paper.
Constant Companions is part of the Orange Regional’s Healing Arts Program which organizes a gallery of changing art exhibits, as well as integrating art into spaces throughout the hospital. Murals and paintings of the Hudson River and other regional sights make for permanent décor with a local connection.
The program’s mission encourages incorporating the holistic effects of art into ORMC’s services: “Art offers unique opportunities to engage the whole person through restorative moments that provide comfort and inspiration. We present the work of local artists to strengthen community ties and to highlight the creative talent of our region. A consistent theme of Orange Regional’s art collection is the beauty of the natural world and the Hudson Valley.”
Orange Regional Art Program: www.ormc.org/art