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Art has long been recognized for its power to connect individuals of different backgrounds and experiences, by sharing our stories; building empathy, compassion, and respect for one another. Every year, Hawai’i Island Community Health Center welcomes submissions by local artists for our annual juried exhibit.

A feature of Art Is Healing that sets it apart from other exhibitions is that the artwork that is purchased from the show is donated to HICHC to become part of our permanent art collection, displayed throughout our health centers for patients, visitors, and staff to enjoy. By bringing the visual arts into the healing process, we hope that those who walk through our doors experience a greater connection to one another and to our community.

Our 2024 Exhibit theme is Healing is a Journey

Juror Bob Douglas shares, “For some, healing and recovery can be a long and difficult journey. Art can make it more bearable. With this in mind, I will be looking for works that bring joy; instill hope, tranquility, inspiration; transports the viewer; conveys a sense of well-being; art that heals. Art that reflects personal journeys of healing are encouraged.

Sometimes, artist statements aren’t necessary and can actually detract. Other times, they are needed. I would love to understand if your art is an act of self-therapy, but only if you don’t mind sharing. I can assure you that every artist statement will be taken into account.”

Opening Reception:

The 2024 exhibit will open on Saturday, January 20th, 2024 with an Opening Reception at 6 PM at our Kealakehe Health Center, 74-5214 Keanalehu Dr, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

$10 suggested donation at the door

There will be pupus, mocktails, a word from the juror, and the announcement of Jurors Choice prizes.

What sets Art is Healing apart from other art exhibits is that donors purchase work as a donation to the health center, where it will remain as a legacy of healing for years to come. Donations are fully tax deductible, and art will be displayed with a custom koa plaque honoring the donor. This one-of-a-kind exhibit seeks to create a healing environment at our local nonprofit health center, an organization that serves over 40,000 patients at locations island-wide, regardless of their ability to pay. This is the 7th annual event, and the health center is preparing to re-distribute their collection of art to their newest locations following their merger with Bay Clinic last year. This art creates a warm and beautiful environment for community members in need, and now that the organization has doubled in size, there is a great need for additional artwork.

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