June 2016

Nature's Tapestry, Artist Laura Mentor, Henry E. Braselton Chapel         Northeast Georgia Medical Center

Nothing pleases me more than hearing that patients, staff and visitors are truly touched by the artwork in their hospital. This career I've chosen, and the business we've created at Distinctive Art Source has presented me with such a gift: the opportunity to become, even if just for a while, a part of many hospital communities bursting with people who are absorbed to their core with providing better healthcare experiences. I am filled with joy and gratitude for the opportunities and experiences that present themselves as we work on these wonderful projects.
While working with Cherokee Indian Hospital in North Carolina, I had the honor of learning many elements of their rich Cherokee history, lore and ways in a manner that would have never been possible as a visitor or tourist. I was invited into the community -- an honor I did not take lightly.
On a current Riverside project on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, I was given an opportunity to learn more about the life of local watermen. I immersed myself in reading The Watermen of the Chesapeake Bay by John Hurt Whitehead III. The text and images enriched the knowledge I had only experienced on a surface level and gave me a greater understanding of the people who make that community so vibrant.
And during the creation of an art program for North Georgia Medical Center in Braselton, I worked closely with stained glass artist Laura Mentor and a donor family to interpret their story and the story of the community in the artfully designed stained glass for the chapel.
It is these opportunities that compel us to love our work here at DAS. We celebrate every opportunity to absorb the culture that makes each job unique, which enables us to bring insight and thoughtful art solutions to the job.
Thank you for bringing these happy jewels of opportunity to our everyday work life. Personally, I am overjoyed every time I am entrusted with this level of involvement in your world. And I hope it adds to the authenticity and depth of the art programs that grace your hospital walls.
Many thanks for trusting me and the DAS team with your community and your stories!

Barbara Harriman, IIDA  
President/Creative Director
Distinctive Art Source

P.S. To read more about the Henry E. Braselton Chapel which will be dedicated on June 5 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, please visit the Distinctive Art Source website here.  
Nurses Help Create Art Program at Inova Children's Hospital
Distinctive Art Source recently enjoyed working on a collaborative art program for the new Inova Children's Hospital in Fairfax, Virginia. The art committee wanted an opportunity for the staff to work together as a team before the new facility opened.
Three mosaics (one on each floor), featuring images of sea, land and sky, were designed by mosaic artist Cindy Fisher incorporating dimensional ceramic works by Sikiu Perez. Nurses on all three units were invited to participate in the project during their training sessions for the new facility.
A plaque near the mosaic reads, "Together, the same hands that care for the children and their families on this unit every day created this mosaic."
"While the move into our new hospital was very exciting, the staff training beforehand was stressful and filled with periods of intense learning," recalls Jill Briggs, RN, CPN, Project Manager, Inova Children's Hospital. "There was one unanimous activity, however, which provided a delightful diversion - the mosaic artwork. It brought so much joy and pride to every staff member, as they created together and were then able to share with the team after Go-Live. And now, 100 days after moving, so many of us still recall the fun every time we see the beautiful work done by our artist Cindy and our own teammates. It was a uniquely rewarding experience!"
Inova Children's Hospital, located on the campus of Inova Fairfax Hospital, is an award-winning 226-bed, full-service children's hospital in a newly opened 2016 facility devoted to the care of infants, children and adolescents.

Cherokee Indian Hospital Art Program Created Through Eyes and Hands of EBCI Members
DAS was privileged to work with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians on the creation of an art program for the new Cherokee Indian Hospital in North Carolina. The art program reflects joyful, contemporary Cherokee life while honoring and celebrating the legend and lore of the tribal community's rich history. Throughout the facility, unique Cherokee artworks tell the story of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) through the eyes and hands of their enrolled members. The multi media art program features gourd masks, wood carved masks, beadwork and woven baskets; along with traditional mediums such as acrylic, oil, glass etching and photography.
Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton Featured in Healthcare Design
Kudos to the team at Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton and HGA Architects and Engineers on the opening of the new 235,000-square-foot, 100-bed facility in Braselton, Ga. Distinctive Art Source enjoyed working on this project, particularly the installation of the magnificent rotunda sculpture by artist Jonathan Clowes. The facility was featured in the November issue of Healthcare Design magazine. DAS is excited to continue working with Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton to create artwork for the newly added obstetrics floor, which opens in June.

Riverside Art Program is Visual History of Newport News
The art program at Riverside Regional Medical Center is a visual history of Newport News, telling the stories of the James River, shipbuilding, the Portside and the local community. Local artists depict familiar scenes and a collection of artful photos feature popular hangouts, restaurants and landscapes.
Traditional shapes used in contemporary ways provide a unique combination of past and present - all with a focus on the Newport News community.
Watch the video of Riverside's art program here.

Artists of Note
William Thomas - Botanical Realism

Stephen Canneto - Dichroic Acrylic
Florence Delva - Contemporary Photography

A Word from Our Client

"Today I dropped by to see the chapel glass art. I was so taken I'm speechless. I could have spent hours there. Having grown up in this area I could so relate to the many features. Many related to the area and those special touches for the Braselton's themselves! Even the fraternity symbol! How did she do that?
I hope and believe they will be as touched as I. Thanks so much."  

Carol Burrell, Northeast Georgia Health System
About Distinctive Art Source
Distinctive Art Source is a turnkey art consultancy working exclusively in healthcare with a foundation in evidence- and patient-based design. We believe thoughtfully developed art programs contribute to an integrated visual experience and foster mutually-beneficial community relationships. Our national artist database connects clients with unlimited art sources throughout the country to enable hospitals to conceptualize, visualize and realize the goals of their art programs.
Established in 2003, Distinctive Art Source has served a pivotal role in creating evidence- and patient-based art programs in millions of square feet of hospital space. We are honored to work closely with some of the nation's most renowned healthcare architects, designers and artists, blending seamlessly into existing architectural processes to keep projects on time and within budget.
Learn more about the Distinctive Art Source team here.  
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