New Works Hung At Benson Hospital

Benson Hospital employee Arlena Vigil stands in front of one of her favorite works in the new exhibit at the Hospital.  The painting, entitled “Status Symbols,” is by Arts Council  member Carl Sanders, and is representative of the 112  paintings and photographs currently on display.  Arlena, whose Jicarilla Apache name is “Hay’ona,” says she especially enjoys paintings depicting animals and Native American themes, and that she loves seeing the art in the hospital.


Benson Hospital employee Arlena Vigil stands in front of one of her favorite works in the new exhibit at the Hospital. The painting, entitled “Status Symbols,” is by Arts Council member Carl Sanders, and is representative of the 112 paintings and photographs currently on display. Arlena, whose Jicarilla Apache name is “Hay’ona,” says she especially enjoys paintings depicting animals and Native American themes, and that she loves seeing the art in the hospital.

The San Pedro River Arts Council has recently finished installation of a new exhibition of art and photography at the Benson City Hospital. Thirty member/artists have contributed to the current display, which includes 112 works in various media. This exhibit, which hangs in corridors, offices, dining area, and patient rooms throughout the hospital, will remain on display until late January as part of the Arts Council “Art Around Town” program.

Richard Polheber, Chief Executive Officer at the hospital, stated that staff, visitors, and patients alike are very pleased to have the artwork on display as it makes for a more pleasant environment and generally provides color and visual interest on the walls.  Members of the Arts Council are happy to share their work in partnership with the Hospital.

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