Local Artist Creates “Living Photo” Art for CHH Patient Areas

Caregivers at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) and Colebrook artist Debra Lill have collaborated to create five new and very unique “Living Photos” art displays that will be on permanent view at several CHH outpatient locations.CHH Artist Deb Lill


Referred to also as “Virtual Views”, the art is a collection of photos in motion that are displayed in digital frames created with video loops that enhance traditional nature photography with the addition of subtle movement. At first glance, “Virtual Views” appear to be traditional framed photography, but people are often surprised and delighted after a few seconds when they realize that what they thought was a photograph, but it is actually an image in motion.

Debra Lill, the local artist and creator of “Virtual Views”, worked with CHH caregivers to develop customized themes and imagery for each setting specific to each location. She chose CHH to be her community partner for the project which was made possible by the hospital and a Regional Initiative grant of $4,000 supported in part by the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council in partnership with the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

“I am so pleased to have the opportunity to display the work for all to enjoy. I hope these special “Virtual Views” bring the latest in cutting edge art and technology to people who may not have any other chance to see this type of work.” said artist Debra Lill. “Our hope is that it will help patients and families relax with beautiful and calm images and will visually bring the outside inside for people.”

Debra Lill is a successful photo-illustrator whose work has graced the covers of many renowned authors. Recently, she has been pursuing a new creative direction and people have been extremely enthusiastic about her “Living Photos” which she has exhibited in Connecticut and New York. She has been creating and exhibiting this motion artwork in Connecticut and Manhattan since 2011 and wished to share the concept with caregivers in the region.

“It’s such a pleasure to partner with Deb on this wonderful project that we’re sure will benefit and be enjoyed by our patients and visitors. Studies show that nature-based artwork has a positive effect on health and healing by reducing stress and enhancing the hospital interiors and environment.” Said CHH Hospital Spokesman Tim LeBouthillier.

The artwork recently debuted at an opening reception and will soon be placed on permanent display at three different CHH location patient waiting areas including the Center For Cancer Care at 200 Kennedy Drive, The Center For Youth and Families at 50 Litchfield Street, and the Center For Behavioral Health on the second floor of the CHH Memorial Building at 540 Litchfield Street.

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. CHH offers personalized attention from an expert team of caregivers and physicians that utilize advanced technology and clinical partnerships in a convenient, safe and comfortable patient environment. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungertford.org for information.

Supported in part by Charlotte Hungerford Hospital and through a Regional

PHOTO CAPTON:  Local artist Debra Lill poses with one of her “Virtual Views” living photos she developed to be placed at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital for visitors and patients to enjoy.

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