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Artists donate paintings in memory of loved ones

Members of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Huntingdon County Hospital (HCH) were on hand for the unveiling of two exquisite paintings created by family members of residents who had stayed in a palliative care room. The paintings were presented to Caroline Brooks, the manager responsible for the living environment at the Centre d’Hébergement du Comté de Huntingdon (Huntingdon Residential and Long-term Care Centre) on May 26.

A lovely watercolor painting of a flower arrangement was donated by Pierrette Martin in memory of her sister, Jeannette Martin, who died in August 2019. Heather Diodati donated an acrylic painting of a tranquil rural landscape in memory of her partner, Ronald Tataryn, who passed away seven years ago on May 26, 2015. In addition to the larger painting, Diodati also donated 20 smaller paintings that could be used to decorate the walls of residents’ rooms.


Artists Heather Diodati and Pierrette Martin each presented a painting to the Huntingdon Residential and Long-term Care Centre on May 26. PHOTO Ladies Auxiliary of the Huntingdon County Hospital.


The Ladies Auxiliary offered to cover the cost of mounting and framing the paintings, but the two artists graciously refused. For Diodati, the opportunity to donate her paintings stemmed from a desire to give back to the hospital for the care she and her partner received at the end of his life. “As long as I can afford to do these things, it is really my pleasure,” she says. “And it touches my heart to do so.”

In a heartfelt post to Facebook, the Ladies Auxiliary extended its thanks to the two artists on behalf of the residents.


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