Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Auxiliary Features Local Artist of the Month

(Torrington, CT) The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Auxiliary is displaying paintings and prints of Connecticut scenes by Marilyn Davis and Gerald Hardy through early November 2014 in the hospital’s main lobby hallway, 540 Litchfield Street, Torrington. The public is invited to view the works during regular visiting hours as part of the Auxiliary’s ongoing “Artist of the Month” program. A portion of the proceeds from sales of the works support the CHH Auxiliary and Charlotte Hungerford Hospital. 

Salisbury residents Marilyn Davis and Gerald Hardy have combined their talents to create a large body of paintings and prints of Connecticut scenes and call the collection “Favorite Places.” They have been married since 1968 with two sons, David and Jordan. Marilyn Davis, a graduate from Wheaton College in Illinois, was awarded a Ford Foundation grant to study paining at the school of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has worked in oils and has developed her own technique of oil on rag paper. She has been featured in many one person shows in galleries and museums in Germany, Illinois, California, Florida, Mass., New York, and Connecticut and is represented in more than 2000 private collections. Her inspirations come from nature, influenced by her study of Early Christian and Byzantine art and illuminated manuscripts. Symbolism permeates even the simplest subjects. The small towns, waterfronts and landscapes of New England are a constant source of joy, inspiring a series of “town portraits.” 

Gerald Hardy, a graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1960, has worked in watercolors, oils, and sculpture, moving on to develop his unique techniques in etching and painting. One man exhibitions include the Interchurch Center Gallery in New York City, the University of Chicago, and galleries in the Midwest, California, New England, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida. His work is in collections of the Birmingham Museum of Art, The Mint Museum in Charlotte, the Ford Motor Company, and in more than 2000 private collections. Many of Gerald Hardy’s paintings depict the small towns, lakes, rivers, and waterfronts of beautiful New England. “I often go up in a small plane or helicopter, “says the artist.” I like looking down on the earth. It gives me a spiritual feeling to see landscapes and mountains stretching in all directions.” Several of his paintings show fly fishing, harbor compositions, beach children, and wildlife, all subjects full of symbolism. 

The Auxiliary’s “Artist of the Month” program has been featuring paintings, photographs, and artwork each month from local artists for over 25 years. Their over 200 member supporters assist in raising money for the hospital through dues, donations, volunteering at the gift shop, and a variety of events including an annual fall fashion show and luncheon. The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109-bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. One-Thousand Employees, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungertford.org for information.

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