“Art is Love Global PaintFest” to celebrate art’s healing qualities
Part of the painting team at Lakota Cove Furnishings in Jasper. The Foundation for Hospital Art founder John Feight, third from left, has spearheaded the Art is Love Global PaintFest. Lakota Cove is one of eight locations around the globe that will paint one section each of a large mural. Lakota Cove’s panel is pictured in the center.
Each artist has his or her own purpose for creating; For some it’s about self-expression, For others it’s about creating beauty or realism.
For Big Canoe resident John Feight, art has become a vehicle for love, comfort and freedom for the sick and suffering – but it wasn’t always that way.
The turning point in Feight’s artistic philosophy came at 34 during a solo gallery show in Paris, France. Since then he has gone on to develop The Foundation for Hospital Art, which has a mission to create and donate colorful artwork to hospitals, nursing homes, and other healthcare facilities around the world.
“I had that show in Paris in 1974 and I realized my art had no purpose,” Feight said. “Back then art was all about me.”
Feight became inspired to give back because of his grandfather, a county doctor who he said wasn’t afraid to dream the big dreams and who provided medical care to the indigent at no cost. Feight then became a volunteer at Northside Hospital in Atlanta and witnessed the impact stark, cold walls had on patients.
“Hospitals are mental,” Feight said. “But when you give a patient art or encourage them to create art and put in on the hospital walls they start thinking versus staring into a blank space. They are able to get lost in the paintbrush and forget about their disease, or get lost in a butterfly on the ceiling and find freedom.”
Now, nearly 30 years, three-thousand hospitals and 194 countries later, Feight has organized the Art is Love Global PaintFest to raise even more awareness about the healing powers of art. He has created an eight-panel painting entitled “Paris” and has selected eight venues around the globe, including Lakota Cove Furnishings in Marble Hill where his own artwork is on display, as locations where each canvas section will be painted on or before July 4.
The US canvas features Notre Dame and Ernest Hemingway. Other elements of the painting include the Mona Lisa, The Thinking Man and Vincent Van Gogh.
The highlight of the event will be the simultaneous painting of two canvasses, one in the US and one in Paris at the Palais de Tokyo from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Paris time. When all panels are completed, they will be emailed to Feight from around the world and he will project them onto the wall at the Palais de Tokyo museum to create the full image.
“The whole point of this is that art is love,” Feight said. “Art heals and that’s the message I want to spread.”
To learn more about The Foundation for Hospital Art visit www.hospitalart.org.
Lakota Cove is located at 230 Old Mill White Road Ext, Jasper, Ga. 30143. Visit them online at www.lakotacove.com