Two on a Hill
Pastel by Debra Van Leen
The Healing Arts Gallery at West Shore Medical Center will host an eclectic collection of pastel paintings by Manistee artist Debra Van Leen now through August.
Having worked in graphic design for a living since 1976, Van Leen now enjoys the freedom of expression of creating fine art. Although she was trained in all traditional media, she now prefers to work almost exclusively with dry (soft) pastels.
Landscapes, many of them created outdoors, are her most frequent subject. “My home, Michigan, its varied landscapes, lakes and seasons, is often my inspiration. I also enjoy painting scenes of Greece, my second home. Both places are quite different and offer a magnitude of subjects for a painter,” said Van Leen. Van Leen also enjoys capturing still life, or “stilled life,” and animals.
“Sharing what I see with color, line and sensitivity is my aspiration,” explained Van Leen. “I believe that the final part of the creative process is not completed until my work is being enjoyed by others.” Please stop in and enjoy the exhibit.
The Healing Arts Gallery, developed in conjunction with the Manistee Art Institute, was established to support West Shore Medical Center’s goal of creating a comfortable, attractive, and healing environment for patients, visitors, and staff. The public is invited to browse the gallery, which is located near the Café on the main floor of West Shore Medical Center at 1465 E. Parkdale Ave. in Manistee.
For more information about the Healing Arts Gallery, or to inquire about any of the pieces on exhibit, please contact Julie Blaney at West Shore Medical Center at (231) 398-1189.