Maury Regional Health Care Foundation presents annual Art Effects show to benefit at-risk citizens


Maury Regional Health Care Foundation presents annual Art Effects show to benefit at-risk citizens

The Maury Regional Health Care Foundation will present its eighth annual Art Effects Show and Sale from noon to 8 p.m. this Friday at the Memorial Building in downtown Columbia to benefit those at medical risk in the community.

The Maury Regional Health Care Foundation will present its eighth annual Art Effects Show and Sale from noon to 8 p.m. this Friday at the Memorial Building in downtown Columbia to benefit those at medical risk in the community. The show continues from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The show and sale are held as a fundraiser for the foundation, which is a 501©3 organization and the philanthropic arm of the Maury Regional Medical Center. Show sponsors underwrite the event, and 30 percent of sales stay with the foundation to benefit medically at-risk individuals in the community.

The featured artist for the event will be painter David Nichols of Birmingham. A trained engineer, Nichols also has a creative flair, as can be seen from his contributions to past Art Effects shows.

This year’s show will include names familiar to past attendants, as well as some artists who are new to the event.

“Each year we feature a different artist,†said Foundation Executive Director Joe Kilgore. “David has appeared at every show but one in our eight years. There are some artists who come every year. But others come and go. We try to include five or six new artists every year.â€

“Autumn Sky” by David Nichols

Nichols is a member of the Mountain Brook Art Association as well as the American Impressionists Society. He is a frequent contributor to local art shows, and his work has appeared in both national and international exhibits.

In addition to Nichols’ paintings, visitors to this weekend’s Art Effects Show will see the work of dozens of other artists, many of whom are Columbia locals, and most of whom are from Middle Tennessee. Mediums on display will include wood, oil, jewelry, watercolor, and pottery. Proceeds from past shows have been a great help for the people served by Maury Regional, according to Kilgore.

“Our foundation and its fundraisers benefit at-risk locals in many ways,†said Kilgore. “Some receive help paying for medication. Many are cancer patients undergoing chemo who receive wigs. We also provide gas cards to ease transportation to the medical center for those traveling from outside Maury County.â€

Maury Regional is the largest medical center between Nashville and Huntsville. As such, it serves a large eight-county region that includes part of North Alabama. The Health Care Foundation often partners with other non-profits, such as the Wellness and Aquatics Complex, and has also benefitted schools in Maury and Lewis Counties.

“In Lewis County,†said Kilgore, “we recently provided all schools with an automated external defibrillator. Proceeds from our work have also funded a new health and nutrition curriculum for Maury Elementary.â€

First Farmers and Merchants Bank is the main underwriting sponsor for this year’s Art Effects Show.

“We are looking forward to another great Art Effects. This is our eighth year and we are thrilled with the underwriting this event. Through the generosity of sponsors, we are able to ensure that proceeds directly fund programs and services offered through the Foundation for those who struggle with financial resources.â€

You can learn more about the Maury Regional Health Care Foundation here. Learn more about Art Effects featured artist Nichols here.

Staff writer Greg Jinkerson covers Spring Hill for BrentWord Communications. Contact him at greg@springhillhomepage.com or follow him on Twitter @JinkersonGreg.

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