Welcome Page

Welcome and thank you for your interest in The Art Brigade.

The mission of The Art Brigade is to provide Health Brigade patients/clients, volunteers, staff, and guests with an opportunity to experience community-born art as a force for health and healing. Our program started in 2016.

 

Our Schedule

Our Process

Each show of The Art Brigade is installed on a Saturday with an opening event scheduled for the following Thursday.  Opening events run from 5:30-7pm and are located in the lobby of the medical clinic.  Entrance to this lobby is off of the back lot where you will find parking. Refreshments are provided. Each artist makes a short presentation at 6pm. Our building is wheelchair accessible.

Viewing the Art

If you are unable to attend the show’s opening, the art is on display during normal business hours.
Monday — 9AM-5PM
Tuesday — 9AM-5PM
Wednesday — 9AM-5PM
Thursday — 9AM-5PM
Friday — 9AM-12PM

Art Sales

While art can be purchased at the opening or anytime during the show, we ask that the piece remains in the show until it is taken down.  The item will be RED dotted to indicate that it has been sold.  Health Brigade accepts cash, checks and major credit cards. Oftentimes, artists will provide pictures of their work for a web page.  This web page will have a form on it for purchasing online.

Artist’s Contribution

To support the mission of Health Brigade, each artist agrees to donate 25% of sales completed during their show.

 

If you have any questions about The Art Brigade, please contact Public Relations Manager Julie Sulik at (804) 533-2740 or via [email protected].

The History

The Art Brigade started in 2016 as the vision of Executive Director Karen Legato.

Karen had a conversation with a public health colleague and friend Kimberly Scott.  Karen was sharing a dream she had of making Health Brigade’s medical clinic lobby into a gallery for patients to enjoy work by local artists.

Kim told Karen she had just the people she needed to talk to: her spouse Jill Powell and her sister-in-law Kelly Powell. Once Karen had an opportunity to speak with these vivacious and creative women, The Art Brigade was born.

 

The mission of The Art Brigade is to provide Health Brigade patients/clients, volunteers, staff, and guests with an opportunity to experience community-born art as a force for health and healing.

 

Jill agreed to do our pilot show in November of 2016.  With Kelly’s support hanging and arranging the art, we filled not only the lobby but the entire administrative hallway. It was a visual feast for the eyes. Our second brave local artist was Virginia (Ginni) McConnell. Again, we filled the lobby and the administrative hallway with her diversified body of art. Both shows were so successful that we felt that this was something we should continue. The Art Brigade Committee was formed with interior designer Kelly Powell and our incredible first two pioneer artists Jill Powell and Ginni McConnell.

The goal of this effort has always been to provide a welcoming and healing environment for our patients, clients, volunteers, staff and visitors.  We have celebrated over 25 art exhibits to date. The artists graciously agree to donate 25% of the cost of any pieces sold to support the mission of Health Brigade. Health Brigade hosts an opening for each show inviting friends of the artist, our staff, and the public at large. If you have yet to attend one of our shows, you don’t know what you are missing.

The Art Brigade Committee (L to R) Jill Powell, Ginni McConnell, Kelly Powell

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How Can I Become an Art Brigade Artist?

We are currently in the process of booking our 2025 calendar. If you are interested in possibly showing your work at Health Brigade, please fill out this interest form.

Your form and sample images of your work will be reviewed by The Art Brigade Committee.  If your work is of high quality and deemed appropriate, you will be asked to complete an Art Brigade Artist Agreement form.

DISCLAIMER: Because Health Brigade is not an art gallery but a service agency, we must be particular about the art we exhibit. Health Brigade practices Trauma Informed Care and consequently trauma-informed design*. The goal of trauma-informed design is to create environments that promote a sense of calm, safety, dignity, empowerment, and well-being for all who enter. This can be achieved by adapting spatial layout, thoughtful furniture choices, visual interest, and artwork selection. This design concept underscores the importance that displayed artwork supports the community being served and is considered part of the healing space.

Sometimes certain pieces are declined for a show because content matter may generate or arouse negative feelings to our patients or clients.  We do not accept images with frontal nudity, images portraying violence, or partisan politics (i.e., candidates that are actively pursuing an office). We have shown and can show historical figures who are or have been political leaders.

*https://greatamericanart.com/2021/10/06/the-concept-of-trauma-informed-design/

 

If you have any questions about The Art Brigade, please contact Public Relations Manager Julie Sulik at (804) 533-2740 or via [email protected].

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Below are the posters for each Art Brigade exhibit since 2016.  They are arranged from the most recent to the first show. If you click on the poster, it may open to a larger image. However, some of the posters link to pages showing the artist’s work.  If you have any questions about The Art Brigade, any of our past shows or about any of our artists, please contact Public Relations Manager Julie Sulik at (804) 533-2740 via [email protected]