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Deaconess Hospital in Oklahoma City offers art exhibition

Medical healing and the human spirit are themes of the art on display though Aug. 9
BY LARISSA RHODES Published: July 14, 2012

An exhibition from the National Library of Medicine titled “Everyday Miracles: Medical Imagery in Ex-Votos” will be on display through Aug. 9 at the Deaconess Hospital library, 5501 N Portland.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday and Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. The exhibit is closed on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The exhibit includes panels of ex-votos images, which demonstrate how healing and faith have played an important role in the lives of the faithful.

An ex-voto is a devotional painting giving thanks to a saint or deity for a miraculous healing or a blessing.

Illness and healing have captured the imagination throughout the ages and are interwoven in the fabric of social history.

These devotional paintings are an individual's expression of thanks for the intercession of the divine in a crisis, a snapshot in time of illness and healing. They offer a rare opportunity to view health, healing and illness through the hearts and minds of the ordinary person.

Also in the exhibit will be the work of Oklahoma artist Barbara Scott, whose sculpture incorporates organic materials such as stone, carved wood and bone.

Her work reflects the human spirit, reaching out for what endures beyond the material. The two exhibits compliment each other in both the physical and spiritual realm.

Larissa Rhodes works in industry relations for Deaconess Hospital.