Visual Arts


A wonderful reveal!: Unveiling the Anna Shaw Children's Institute's Private Art Collection

Dedicated to the memory of Anna Sue Shaw, the wife of Engineered Floors founder and chairman Robert E. "Bob" Shaw, the Anna Shaw Children's Institute (to open this spring) will be a regional leader of and advocate for the care of children and families who are experiencing challenges of developmental delays. At the institute, patients and their families will be able to receive diagnoses, treatment, and support, all under one roof.

The arts partnership for the Anna Shaw Children's Institute represents a community collaboration between the Creative Arts Guild, Hamilton Health Care System, and the Whitfield Healthcare Foundation. The institute's woodland and tree house have provided a perfect canvas for artists of all mediums. Blending art into the environment of medical facilities has been shown to improve the well-being of patients of all ages, while also enhancing the emotional comfort of visitors and staff members. Institute Director Terri Woodruff explains: "Our talented local artists have thoughtfully created pieces which pair perfectly with the theme of the tree house for children. The artwork complements the environment while drawing in the playful personalities of wildlife native to our area, thus promoting a heartfelt relationship between healing and the arts."

Guests visiting Jonas Hall during Friday's event will have a chance to preview art that has been selected to coordinate with the building's thoughtful design. Patrons also will have a chance to help support the Anna Shaw Children's Institute's Private Art Collection through donations sponsoring their favorite pieces. Recognition will be provided within the facility for individuals, businesses or families that sponsor specific works.

"The unveiling of art created by local and regional artists underscores our commitment to the Anna Shaw Children's Institute truly being a reflection of our community and region. We are building a stronger, healthier community through a strategic partnership between the arts and health care. We are honored to partner with our artists and the Creative Arts Guild, and, we encourage community members to purchase these special pieces, filling this beautiful facility with art," said Jane Snipes, executive director of the Whitfield Healthcare Foundation. Please join us during the  February 1st gallery opening and artist reception for a selection of recently acquired work by local and regional artists for the new Anna Shaw Children's Institute.