Local Artist Painted Large Scale Mural from June 12 to 26
Middletown, NY – With the goal of creating a healing environment for patients, Orange Regional Medical Center commissioned local artist, Joseph Marino, to design and paint a large-scale mural. The mural, measuring 11 feet high by 60 feet long, transforms the courtyard of the hospital’s Behavioral Health Unit from a plain brick outdoor space into a bright, colorful environment conducive to social interaction.
The hospital selected the artist for his exceptional proposal and extensive experience painting outdoor murals. Marino is a classically trained painter and professional graphic designer currently living in Monroe, New York. He is a graduate of Pratt Institute of Art and Design with a degree in illustration. Over two weeks in June, working in ten hour daily stretches, Marino hand-painted the mural which he designed to visually open up the space and to bring in imagery of life and hope. He received positive feedback from the hospital staff and patients. Christopher Stimpson, program manager in Psychiatry, explained “we have patients that say they love it and they feel good when they look at it. The mural reminds them that they can be hopeful about achieving their wellness goals.”
A recognized leader in behavioral health services, Orange Regional offers a full range of programs for adults and children with serious mental illness, emotional disturbances, or substance abuse. The Orange Regional Medical Center Behavioral Health Unit was established in 1972, making it the oldest and most experienced acute care psychiatric service provider for adults in Orange County. Since its inception, the unit has lead the way in providing innovative and patient-centered mental health services to the residents of Orange County.
“This outdoor space was created to provide patients in this area access to fresh air and natural light; when you put people in healing-type environments, they respond better,” says Orange Regional’s art curator, Sarah Johnson. “We incorporated color and art here as a huge component to make the space even more pleasant. We are using art as a tool to promote care and healing.” For additional information about Orange Regional’s Art Program, contact Orange Regional’s Art Curator, Sarah Johnson, at 845-333-2385 or visit www.ormc.org/art.
Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.
Courtyard space before and Behavioral Health Unit Courtyard Mural
by Joe Marino from above and panorama: