Signs of spring are everywhere which is putting a smile on everyone’s faces. The bright yellow of forsythia bushes always shocks me out of the winter doldrums and lightens my spirits.
Spring especially jump-starts my creative juices. At this time of year there’s nothing I love more than to roll up the big garage door in my studio, find a fabulous music playlist and paint all day and evening.
My studio has been a busy beehive the past few months with studio visits and new paintings in the works. I’m thrilled to have some exciting news to share.
This week, Ronald McDonald House opened a brand new, much anticipated 3700 square foot facility at Metropolitan Hospital. It’s a fully functional, virtual home with seven bedrooms, on the pediatric / neonatal floor, for the families of sick children. Ronald McDonald House Charities provides a valuable service for parents to stay close 24/7 for as long as they need to.
Sarah Beveridge of SB Contemporary Art was the art consultant on this project. They were searching for original artwork that would be both cheerful and calming. Numerous artists from Southwestern Ontario were considered.
To my delight and surprise, they selected me. Eleven of my original paintings were acquired to be featured in every room.
“In the Wind” triptych © Shirley Williams
The triptych above, titled “In the Wind” are on the feature wall of the main family room. Each are matted and framed in white. © Shirley Williams
Ronald McDonald House has a special place in my heart. They were a godsend when our baby grandson spent a month at Sick Children’s Hospital in Toronto. I am deeply honored to be see my paintings grace their walls and hopefully brighten someone’s day.
“Hidden Messages” Original Series © Shirley Williams Art
Each of the remaining original paintings are in the “Hidden Messages” series, and are featured in each of the bedrooms and hall. Everything was framed with white mats and white frames for a fresh look. © Shirley Williams
Windsor Regional Hospital and their Metropolitan Hospital Campus celebrated the Grand Opening of Canada’s 15th Ronald McDonald House on May 6th, 2016. An Open House for the following two days gave eager members of the Windsor community the chance to see this spectacular new facility.
I am exceeding proud to have my paintings play such an integral part. The outpouring of gratitude from families who have had occasion to need Ronald McDonald House in other cities was really touching.
Thank you to everyone who was involved in making it happen !!!