BEi inspires with art exhibition
A new display of artwork now lines a hallway in the Warren General Hospital.
Head into the main entrance off to the right towards the business offices and RehabWorks and you will see beautiful, unique, artwork created by participants in BEinspired.
BEinspired is a Warren community art program through Bollinger Enterprise, Inc. (BEi) that serves adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Jennifer Kilburn has been the art instructor at BEi for nine months and has dedicated herself to tapping into the artistic talents of her clients to create artwork like the pieces displayed at the hospital.
“I scour the internet and pull different bits and pieces of inspiration from a variety of artwork that’s out there and encourage my clients to make the artwork their own,” said Kilburn. “It’s a lot of fun. I enjoy their enthusiasm, their personalities and the joy that they bring to the art-making process.”
BEinspired artwork is currently displayed at three locations, WGH, the BEi facility and Grace Fellowship Church where BEi hosts instruction in the basement. Information included with the artwork is the name of the artist, what the artwork means and a price.
“Anything [that the artwork makes], we take just a little bit for BEi for the cost of materials and everything else goes back to the client for their artwork,” said Dr. William Clark, BEi Executive Director.
“We have a variety of artists [with artwork on display] from throughout the County and we enjoy that,” said WGH CEO Rick Allen. “As you might guess, those coming into the hospital are often coming in under duress, there’s a problem, so the idea of the artwork is a way to add a calming effect and a connection with the community. When this idea came up, I said ‘fantastic, what a great way to have artists of all kinds coming in and displaying their artwork’.”
Allen has officially commissioned a piece of BEinspired artwork to be put on display in his office at the hospital.
“As I looked at [the BEinspired artwork] I said I need a piece of that in my office and I specifically need an American Flag. One of my sons is a Navy Seal, the other a police officer in Pittsburgh so the flag is important to us. When I saw this style, I said ‘that’ll be great in my office.'”
Allen replaced an old map in his office with the American Flag painting by artist Dammond Park.
“This has been a great opportunity that I use to treat my anxiety, it’s an outlet for me,” said Park.
“We appreciate the support from the hospital,” said Dr. Clark.
Allen has taken a step further and decided to challenge fellow business leadership of Warren County.
“I commissioned a painting and it’s fantastic. I challenge all the other CEOs in Warren County and business leaders to do the same. It’s a cool thing and a good cause,” said Allen.
Another BEinspired artist has been commissioned to do a 30ft by 30ft dog illustration for Targeted Pet Treats, LLC by TPT President Greg Austin.
Superior Tire and Whirley Drinkworks! have also reached out to commission artwork from BEinspired artists.
“This is a beautiful art collection and the perfect time to shop for a unique and meaningful gift for the holidays,” said Dr. Clark.