Placida artist’s work featured at hospital

 SUN FILE PHOTO    Placida abstractionist Barbara Gavel’s work is featured at the Charlotte Regional Medical Center as part of the Arts & Humanities Council of Charlotte County’s “Art in Public Places” program through Aug. 31. A reception is planned at the center from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on July 31 at 809 E. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda. For more information, call 941-764-8100.

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Placida abstractionist Barbara Gavel’s work is featured at the Charlotte Regional Medical Center as part of the Arts & Humanities Council of Charlotte County’s “Art in Public Places” program through Aug. 31. A reception is planned at the center from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on July 31 at 809 E. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda. For more information, call 941-764-8100.

Placida abstractionist Barb Gavel is taking advantage of the Arts & Humanities Council of Charlotte County’s “Art in Public Places” program at the Charlotte Regional Medical Center.

“It’s a really good program and provides opportunities for our artists,” Gavel said. “It’s a highly visible place.”

The medical center, located on 809 E. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda, is one of 23 facilities participating in the program which was established in 1996. The center will hold an artist reception for Gavel from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on July 31.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for people to come see the work and visit,” said Judy Malbuisson, executive director of AHC. “They’ll come see the hospital where they normally wouldn’t.”

Kelly Riley, site coordinator for Charlotte Regional, said she found Gavel’s work after looking through AHC’s website. Gavel’s work stood out.

“We have a lobby area we’re trying to revitalize,” Riley said. “The walls were bare. In selecting Barbara, we’re looking for something inviting. Barbara’s work is very vibrant, colorful and beautiful.”

Gavel’s work is featured at the hospital through Aug. 31. Gavel, a member of AHC for over five years, said 16 pieces cover the wall of the lobby.

“(Gavel) looked at the space she had,” Riley said. “She picked the pieces.”

Riley said someone already inquired about three of Gavel’s works.

“This is our second exhibit,” Malbuisson said. “The (center) decided to hold a reception for every artist they feature.”

Riley said prior commitments delayed the reception to July 31. Malbuisson said not many artists venture into the abstract. “I happen to like abstract,” she said. “I know Barbara’s work and enjoy it. It’s a refreshing look. I hope the public comes to see it and enjoy it.” For more information, call 941-764-8100.

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Tom Chang is a freelance journalist with a background in multimedia journalism and web publishing. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of South Florida St.Petersburg. He graduated in 2004 with a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communications at USF Tampa. Tom's interests include a little bit of everything from entertainment to sports. He also wishes to delve into creative writing writing sci-fi/fantasy stories. Tom was recently the Online Editor for USF St. Petersburg's the Crow's Nest, he joined the staff in January 2010 where he started freelance writing, photographing, copy editing and later became a staff writer. Tom’s freelance experience in journalism amassed a wide range of companies including Creative Loafing, The Focus Magazine, Lutz News, Examiner.com, and Tampa Tribune.
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