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A hospital in Flushing brightens up its walls

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Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2013 10:30 am

New York Hospital Queens believes brighter walls will lead to brighter dispositions.

“It’s difficult to be in a hospital to begin with,” said Anita Liu-Chen, the director of occupational therapy. “The community art garden can enhance the halls by creating an uplifting, inspirational environment.”

The hospital at 56-45 Main St. in Flushing began distributing blank canvases to community residents, employees and patients earlier this year with the intention of creating a “community art garden” — a cute way of naming the growing collection of art lining its walls. At last Wednesday night’s opening reception more canvases were distributed, to be added as they are completed.

Liu-Chen created a swirling abstract painting of shades of yellows and reds with her 3-year-old son and husband.

“I like abstract art and wanted to create something for people to stare at,” she said during a phone interview while looking at one of the bright paintings of a house. “It’s much more positive to stare at these colors than at people or at blank walls while waiting or thinking.”

About eight other occupational therapists participated with artworks of cats, trees, houses and abstract themes.

Budding artists were asked to use the idea of healing, compassion, health, wellness, Queens, diversity and community as their inspiration.

North Woodmere resident and Chronicle Associate Art Director Moeen Din grabbed a canvas for the cause.

His oil painting shows the Greek goddess of healing Akeso turning a barren winter forest into a blooming spring scene.

“I want to do something for a hospital since my mother has been in and out of them since she was in her 30s,” Din said.

And now that his house is finally back to normal after Hurricane Sandy, Din plans on contributing another painting called the “Green Room,” of a surfer inside the eye of a wave to promote health and fitness.

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