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.