Healthcare workers gifted 1,800 paintings

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, healthcare workers are dealing with more stress than ever. Michael Gittes wanted these…

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, healthcare workers are dealing with more stress than ever. Michael Gittes wanted these workers to feel appreciated.

So, Gittes, an artist based in LA, is using his art for good. He decided to paint flowers for hospital staff.

When looking for the ideal hospital to receive the project, Gittes considered not-for-profit hospitals with ICUs. He specifically focused on hospitals in underserved locations.

And, Eli Bronner, his manager, found a suitable candidate in Interfaith Medical Center.

Interfaith is located in the Bedford–Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, and COVID-19 cases have made things incredibly busy there. The center treated 116 cases on a record day.

There are 1,800 staff members at the center. So, Gittes got to work with his acrylics and painted 1,800 flowers on canvas. He used a technique of his that seemed particularly relevant for the project: syringe painting.

Healthcare workers get flower paintings
Edward Sohn

Gittes titled the series Strangers to No One, because the goal was for healthcare workers to feel seen and appreciated:

We love you, everybody loves you. You’re loved by millions of people you’ll never meet. You’re not a stranger to anyone. These flowers are from everyone.

Michael Gittes

The delivery of paintings touched staff members. One staff member, Sheila Arthur Smith, spoke to ABC7 news about what the painting she received meant to her. Smith, who works in patient accounts, both fought her own case of COVID-19 and lost her sister to the disease:

She died the same day I was released. This picture that I’m holding is in memory of her.

Sheila Arthur Smith

Collectors who had bought other flower paintings by Gittes funded the donations to the hospital.

In the past, museums in Paris and London hosted Michael Gittes’ artwork. But Gittes considers this project to be his most meaningful success.

Article source: Hyperallergic

Featured image source: Valentina Di Liscia

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