The Medical Center Kicks Off Annual Women in the Arts Exhibit

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- An art exhibit in Bowling Green this weekend mixes art and medicine. The Medical Center's Women in the Arts exhibit showcases local talent, but it also reveals how art can help patients heal.

The Medical Center's 24th annual Women in the Arts exhibit drew in more than 140 pieces from more than 70 different women from Kentucky.

"A lot of them are local citizens here in Bowling Green and Warren County, but some of them are in surrounding counties. It's a wide variety of artists, and what we love about this show is that it does have such different unique pieces," said The Medical Center Community Wellness Director Jenny Golden.

The exhibit director says the Medical Center Hosts the event to bring attention to local artists like Kelly Zachary, who is participating for the first time this year.

"This is a window from a commercial building. It's crash glass. You break it up and use it. It just creates so much sparkle and light, especially behind a real window in a house," said Bowling Green artist Kelly Zachary.

Golden says that sparkle the pieces bring can also help the hospital's patients.

"Art in general can help in the healing process.. soothe the patient that may be hurting, and so this is an opportunity to help with the healing and recuperation process," said Golden.

Artists like Zachary and veteran participant Lynn Robertson agree.

"Definitely for me. I have to have color and things. It always makes me smile," said Zachary.

"Actually, in my former life, before I moved to Bowling Green, I worked for a hospital and I was a cultural arts program coordinator, and we did art in the public spaces. We'd do different exhibitions, and that was exactly the philosophy, was that art can be a healing thing. It gives people something to look at and takes their mind off of their pains," said Bowling Green artist Lynn Robertson.

The exhibit's winning piece has been purchased by the Medical Center, and will be displayed there permanently for patients to enjoy.

The exhibit will be open and free to the public Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in The Medical Center's auditorium, and all of the art with the exception of the winning piece, is available for purchase.

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