Art that helps heal (con't)

The purpose of the walk is to “bring the creative arts into the hospital to aid in the healing process,” according to Henry Ford spokeswoman Krista Hopson.

While art lines the hallways – even in the ICU – there’s also a gallery which rotates special exhibitions four times a year.

It currently features work from Detroit’s Art & Soul, a non-profit that works with the homeless and aims to restore dignity through self-expression in art.

One painting, Calm & Serenity – Papa Remember I (previous page) by Timothy Oriki of Detroit, is part of his Hiding Places series.

The pictures conveys the City of Detroit as a “city of hope and special paradise” to the artist’s father, who passed away from cancer.

Maui Gardens (above left) by Jon Parlangeli of Bloomfield Hills is highly textured with paint layers upon paint.

“The very thickly applied paint creates a three dimensional sculptural effect,” Hopson said.

“Parlangeli lives for the visual exchange of color, light and movement, for the flood of emotion and the beauty of reaction."

In the Creative Process Series by Khaaliq Thomas of Ferndale, three black and white photographs capture the creative process of jazz musicians, focusing on their musical “tools” whether it be playing a piano keyboard, blowing a trumpet, or singing into a microphone.

“Through photography I offer the opportunity to expose the viewer tthese often unnoticed things and gain a new appreciation for them,” Thomas says.

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