Stepping into wellness at Thompson, thanks to art students

During a busy shift, some of the staff members at UR Medicine Thompson Hospital might not get the chance to take a walk around the block or even step outside for a few minutes, so a group from Keuka College recently brought the outdoors inside for them.

Working with Melissa Newcomb, associate professor of art, for their summer field period, the three students painted a series of several murals in a stairwell that starts on the lower level and goes all the way to the third floor, featuring lake scenes and other bright and colorful depictions of nature as well as a series of inspirational quotes.

In fact, one of the quotes — from Vincent van Gogh — seems especially fitting: “If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.”

“When we made the proposal, the whole idea was about creating an environment people could enjoy — something they could look forward to on a daily basis,” said Ashley Knapp, a Palmyra-Macedon alumna due to graduate from Keuka in 2020.

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