Kirkland and District Hospital Acquires an Art Collection


The Kirkland and District hospital has received some beautification thanks
to the Kirkland Lake Contemporary Arts Council(KLCAC).
Representatives from the council as well as hospital officials recently
unveiled a new permanent display which sees artwork hanging on a
number of walls in the lobby and in various other areas of the hospital.
President and Chief Executive Officer Gary Sims explained the donation of
the artwork came after a meeting with KLCAC President Cesar Forero.
“(He) approached me about the possibility of creating the art collection here
at the hospital. I was taken aback by the idea and how do you say no to
that. The original idea, about a year and a half ago, is that we would start
with one or two pieces and we would start it in about a year. Here we are
now and we have over 20 pieces already committed.

“The enthusiasm behind it has been incredible. One of the greatest parts of
art is that is has a healing quality to it so what better partnership then
having a feeling place with the arts.”
He added down the road they might be able to auction some of the pieces
off with the money going directly to buy much needed equipment that will
help patients. “It is an absolute win, win win,” Sims said.

For her part, Hospital Board Chair Michelle Lafreniere stated she is very
proud to have the collection in the hospital.
“It is very, very beautiful with very unique pieces. We are very proud to have

One of the pieces in the collection was created by former Kirkland Laker
and skating/artistic legend Toller Cranston. Cranston’s sister Phillippa
traveled from Toronto for the occasion and seemed extremely pleased with
what she saw.
“The collection is absolutely stunning. And it’s not just each piece
individually that is stunning but the fact the whole town supports artists in
the way they do. I thought what Gary Sims said about art being healing was
extraordinary and I know Toller would have certainly subscribed to that.”
As for having one of her brother’s pieces hanging in the collection, she said
“it leaves me speechless. I could not be more proud.”

Phillippa Transton, sister of Toller Cranston stands under a piece created by her brother Toller. The piece hangs in the lobby of the hospital.

Courtesy of Northern Daily News