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Auction of young artists' work will benefit Olean General's new nursery

Posted on: 05/12/2010

Ivers J. Norton Elementary School’s fourth- and fifth-grade students will become community philanthropists when their artwork is auctioned off to raise money to buy bassinets for Olean General Hospital’s expanded and renovated nursery.

The “Art From The Heart” auction will be held 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 19, at St. Bonaventure University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts and organizers are inviting community residents and art lovers to attend and show their generosity for this event that will benefit newborn infants at Olean General.

Supporters can view the artwork beginning at 6 p.m.

The students are drawing or painting colorful Matisse-style portraits of influential mothers and babies in their lives. The completed drawings and paintings are cut out, placed on abstract backgrounds and framed for display.

Family and friends will have the opportunity to enjoy a video presentation featuring students sharing their sentiments about their artwork prior to the bidding in the theater, said Evelyn Sabina, curator of education for The Quick Center.

The Art From The Heart exhibition and auction is an extension of The Quick Center’s education outreach program with area schools. The idea is to inspire students and draw out their artistic creativity.

“When the students have a purpose, oftentimes they are better able to express themselves in their artwork,” Mrs. Sabina said.

The young artists auctioning off their works are from the classes of fourth-grade teachers Sue Kallenbach and Lauren Stuff, and fifth-grade teachers Randy Samuelson and Amber Benjamin.

“Art From The Heart 2010 benefits the students because it connects them to the community. This year, it is giving them the opportunity to help a place that brought many of them into the world. The students will become young philanthropists by donating their genuine artwork to this event,” said Mrs. Kallenbach.

Producing the artwork by the students has been a careful and detailed process.

“First, the students draw or paint portraits of influential mothers and babies in their lives. They are then cut out and placed on abstract backgrounds,” said Courtney Blackmon, an education assistant at The Quick Center. In her outreach role, she regularly visits students in their classroom, offering instruction and advice.

“This is a wonderful chance for these young students at Ivers J. Norton Elementary School to be recognized for their artwork and help a local institution,” noted Mrs. Kallenbach.

This is the second year for the Art From The Heart program. Last year, Washington West Elementary School’s students auctioned off original paintings and drawings to raise money for Embrace It Africa, an organization formed by St. Bonaventure’s Students in Free Enterprise to aid a school and orphanage in Uganda.

“We’re very proud of the outreach program that we’re able to provide in the area,” said Joseph LoSchiavo, associate vice president and executive director of The Quick Center. “I’m very gratified for the positive feedback that’s come from the schools and also grateful to the individuals and businesses that support the program.”

For more information about the upcoming benefit auction, call Mrs. Sabina at 375-2088.

“The upcoming student art auction at St. Bonaventure’s University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts will be a tremendous benefit to Olean General Hospital because there is a critical need to expand and renovate our Obstetrical Unit and Nursery for our patients,” said Olean General Hospital Foundation President Karen Fohl, who’s also Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Olean General Hospital.

“Our $750,000 project is for the babies and new mothers and the Art From The Heart auction is a wonderful example of how a cooperative effort among the students, elementary school and St. Bonaventure can have such a positive and long-lasting benefit for so many,” Mrs. Fohl said.

Meanwhile, “We are currently in the midst of a community Capital Campaign to support this expansion and renovation project,” Mrs. Fohl noted.

For more information or to make a donation to the Foundation’s Capital Campaign, call 375-7445, mail a gift to OGH Foundation at 515 Main St. Olean, NY 14760, or go online at www.ogh.org.

St. Bonaventure is in the top 15 percent of institutions in U.S. News & World Report’s 2010 ranking of Northern universities that offer master’s degrees. It has a history of accomplishment and service that extends back 150 years. At the heart of St. Bonaventure University is the Franciscan affirmation of the dignity and worth of the entire created order. Fundamental to this vision is an awareness that it is within relationships and community that individuals discover and develop their potential.

Olean General Hospital was founded in 1898 and is a 186-bed, acute-care hospital. It provides an array of programs and specialty services, including Behavioral Health, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Chest Pain Center, Dialysis, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Sleep Center, and Wound Care. Also, Olean General Hospital has been designated a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals Performance Improvement Leader.

Olean General Hospital and Bradford Regional Medical Center are members of Upper Allegheny Health System.

 

 

 

 

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