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WCA Unveils Wall Mural By Local Artist Charlene Kidder at Grand Opening

Pictured, Charlene Kidder, local artist, works on the Wall Mural Painting themed the “Four Seasons Portrait” that will be unveiled as part of WCA Hospital’s new Emergency Department Grand Opening on September 23, from 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Jamestown, New York (Wednesday, September 19, 2012)—WCA Hospital’s 21st Century Emergency Department patient/family waiting area is shining bright thanks to local artist, Charlene Kidder, whose Wall Mural Painting themed the, “Four Seasons Portrait” integrates art and transforms the patient and family experience when they enter the doors of the new Emergency Department.  The mural will be unveiled during the hospital’s Grand Opening on Sunday, September 23 from 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  The community is invited to meet the artist, Charlene Kidder, and view her art.

As patients and visitors step into the Main Entrance of the “new” Emergency Department, they will be greeted by a serene wall mural depicting the allegory of the four seasons—spring, summer, autumn and winter.  The painted art piece, commissioned by WCA Hospital leadership, covers the west wall of the new patient/family waiting area. 

Painted in a stunning array of luminous colors that portray the four seasons, a spring scene on the wall is illustrative of the beauty of Chautauqua County in the springtime with images of vibrant maple trees amid a rolling stream, white-tailed deer and a beautiful wooded backdrop.

A peaceful scenic view of Chautauqua Lake gives way to a lone fisherman on a quiet summer morning.  Fall foliage articulates the poetic beauty of the glorious autumn leaves with an Amish buggy making its way along a magnificent countryside road; and the exquisite detail of a winter scene with a skier gliding down a slope of a beautiful snow-capped hill completes the wall mural.

“This eloquent mural is intended to open up the walls of our new Emergency Department and provide a peaceful and supportive environment for our patients and families,” said Betsy T. Wright, WCA Hospital President/CEO.  “Transforming our healthcare experience through the arts plays a significant role in promoting health and healing.  We are truly graced by Charlene’s talents and honored to include her artwork in our new center.”

Kidder, a life-long resident in Chautauqua County resides in Busti with husband, Bruce, and has three grown daughters, Tara, Jill and Erin and nine grandchildren.  Ms. Kidder attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and has had a life-long passion for the arts.  Mentored under the tutelage of Helen Gilbert—a well-know muralist in Chautauqua County—Charlene began work on the mural at WCA in the summertime amid the building construction of the new Emergency Department. 

The WCA Hospital Emergency Department Grand Opening activities will begin at 12:30 p.m.  The community is invited to join Betsy T. Wright, WCA Hospital President/CEO, hospital and community leadership, and Jamestown Mayor, Sam Teresi, for a Dedication Ceremony just outside the “new” WCA Hospital Emergency Department Entrance on Sherman Street and Prather Avenue.  From 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., participants will enjoy the Teddy Bear Clinic; open house and self-guided walking tours; questions and answer sessions with the emergency department physicians and staff who will guide guests through the 18,000-square-foot, one-of-a-kind Emergency Center.  Live music will be provided by Bill Ward, singer/songwriter, local accordion musician, Joseph Iuculano, and Rhonda Schwob, Scottish bag pipper.  Free commemorative gifts and enjoy appetizers and hor d’oeuvres and refreshments.

To learn more about the Charlene’s art work at WCA Hospital or the Grand Opening, visit or contact Linda Johnson, WCA Hospital Public Relations at (716) 664-8614.

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