November Healing Arts exhibit brings humor and imagination-stirring scenarios

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The artwork of local artist Jeff Tilden is on display at Augusta University Health’s November Healing Arts exhibition.
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Jeff Tilden

Local artist Jeff Tilden is showcasing his most recent work at Augusta University Health’s November Healing Arts exhibition.

“The Healing Arts program exists to create an environment that supports and comforts patients and families,” said Julie Kneuker, coordinator for volunteer services. “We understand that providing excellent patient care means treating more than just physical symptoms. It also addresses the emotional needs of patients and families by integrating visual art experiences into the healing process.”

Tilden uses acrylic paint, almost exclusively, because of his anticipation to see his ideas come to life as quickly as possible. Tilden wants all his work to be lighthearted and fun to view.

He began painting in 2012 as a way to bring to life his ideas that weren’t feasible to create otherwise. While making ceramic garden sculptures, Tilden happened upon a type of shape that took on personality. He began incorporating his “triangle guys,” as they’re affectionately known, into humorous or imagination-stirring scenarios on canvas.

He received his bachelor’s degree in horticulture from the University of Georgia in 1985. He then started his own business making gardens in Atlanta, but moved to Augusta as soon as he had the opportunity in 1995. Along with creating garden scenes with plants and stones, Tilden is often inspired to create sculptures, bird baths, benches, trellises and mobiles.

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Tilden’s artwork will be on display until the end of November.

The full exhibition is located on the second floor of Augusta University Medical Center on the way to the Children’s Hospital of Georgia.

The Healing Arts program is organized through the Office of Volunteer Services and Engagement to display work by local artists. Tilden’s exhibit will be on view until the end of the month.

Kneuker adds that there will be a new artist each month featured in the space.

“The end result is a more inspirational and supportive environment for our guests,” Kneuker said.

If you or someone you know is interested in displaying their talents at AU Medical Center, please contact Julie Kneuker or call 706-721-3596.

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