Garden Fresh Exhibition Virtual Gallery

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In the heart of the picturesque Monadnock Region, where history intertwines with creativity, Monadnock Community Hospital’s Healing Arts Gallery stands as a testament to the powerful intersection of healing and art.

Garden Fresh Exhibition

The Garden Fresh exhibition will be displayed 4/18/24-6/25/24 and invites you to embark on a visual journey celebrating the beauty of repose and introspection.

The carefully selected artworks of Soosen Dunholter, Karen Fortier, Stacy Hannings, Deirdre Oliver, Amy McGregor-Radin, Jan Reiss, and Candace Talley, collectively weave a tapestry of visuals. Each artist brings a unique perspective to the theme, offering visitors a diverse yet cohesive exploration of the concept of rest.

The Garden Fresh exhibition is not merely an art display; it is an invitation to pause, reflect, and find solace in the beauty that surrounds us.

*Some pieces in this exhibition are available for purchase. For inquiries contact us.

Garden Fresh exhibition at the Healing Arts Gallery Opening April 18

Meet the Artists

Heather Carroll

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Soosen Dunholter

Soosen Dunholter’s mixed media work in drawing, painting ,and printmaking havs been established in solo and group shows in galleries and cultural centers throughout New England for over 20 years, and hangs in private and public collections around the world. Her work is widely collected and has been licensed for books, magazines and music CDs. She’s won numerous awards and prizes, including the 2016 Ruth and James Ewing Award for Exceptional Achievement in the Creative Arts.

Printer, printmaker, and collage artist Susan is never far from her roots in graphic design as a former art director with the focus on book publication. On any given day you can find her in her spacious eclectic studio adjacent to her home in Peterborough, NH, creating a variety of sophisticated yet whimsical prints, colleges, and paintings. In the summer she draws ideas from her surroundings by dividing her time between the studio and the many cottage-style gardens clustered around her home.

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Karen Fortier

Karen Fortier is a non-traditional watercolorist who enjoys playing with various mediums as she searches for new ways to tell her stories. Her self-directed education has been concentrated on exploring different techniques that she can incorporate into her paintings. Watercolor is her medium of choice and she embraces the way it can create “happy accidents” that she can she finds intriguing. Her mantra is “what if” and that helps to keep a sense of play as she paints, which is key for her. Her paintings are finished with thin coats of cold wax medium to seal them after they have been mounted to cradled wood panels. Displaying them without having to hide them behind glass allows in to be seen without the glare.

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Stacey Hannings

Stacy Hannings grew up in Greenfield and now resides in an old farmhouse in Peterborough. She received a BFA from Colby-Sawyer College with concentrations in photography and sculpture. Stacy worked for 10 years at Rosaly’s Garden in Peterborough, where she managed the farmstand and the you-pick flowers and herbs. She now works at Colby-Sawyer as the Advancement and Admissions Communications Manager.

Stacy’s art focuses on transience, the idea that everything is constantly changing and in motion. With her photography, she focuses in on little objects found outside, blurring their surroundings and highlighting their unique personalities. She captures a moment before nature can change it. The possibilities found in nature are overwhelming to her and will always be her greatest source of inspiration.

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Amy McGregor-Radin

Amy McGregor-Radin has been creating white line wood cuts, also known as Provincetown prints, since 2002. after being inspired to learn the technique by exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. She enjoys experimenting with this hand printing technique and relishes the freedom to play with wood, color, and shapes that this method allows. Travel has provided her with new material and she is working on a number of prints that tell a bit of a story.

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Diedre Oliver

Deidre Oliver is a retired Building and Grounds vocational instructor and innkeeper. She and her husband owned and operated the Harrisville Inn for 11 years. A master gardener, spoon carver, and part-time farmer, she finds time to paint in watercolor and acrylics. Deidre is self-taught and draws her inspiration from around her home in the beautiful Monadnock region.

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Jan Reiss

Jan Reiss is a photographer whose rich color compositions reflect her respect, admiration, and enthusiasm for life in all its myriad forms. A multilingual Fulbright scholar with a PhD in linguistics from MIT, Jan embraces storytelling through her photography, presenting a narrative unique to each viewer through images that are both simple and complex.

Growing up in Seattle, Jan was immersed in the natural beauty of the Olympic and Cascade Mountains of Washington State. Her love of photography was sparked during her formative years living and traveling in Europe and Africa. Her early work documented the elegance of the natural world. More recently, intrigued by patterns and shapes, she has focused on abstract and impressionistic imagery, offering fresh looks at everyday objects and the built environment.

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Candace Talley

Candace Talley’s true goal to make your heart dance and bring delight to your soul. Although born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, she’s always been a country girl at heart. That will never change. Nature is her first love. She is fascinated by it. As a self-taught artist since the age of 6, she would often look for ways to demonstrate her love for nature by capturing its beauty, color, and details. Each of her paintings always takes her on a remarkable, exciting, and humbling journey. Her mediums are oil and acrylic mixed with mixed, which produces rich colors and textures. Enjoy the journey!

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Connecting Worlds

Gallery entrance adjacent to the emergency department

At Monadnock Community Hospital, we believe in the synergy of healing and art. The Healing Arts Gallery serves as a bridge, connecting the worlds of healthcare and artistic expression. Our exhibitions not only enrich the cultural landscape of our region, but also contribute to the proven therapeutic benefits of engaging with beautiful artwork. The Healing Arts Gallery is a venue for artists to exhibit in varied mediums, resulting in a visual experience which promotes the proven healing and restorative benefits of art. Our vision extends beyond the current exhibition. We aspire to cultivate a permanent art collection for the hospital, a legacy that will continue to uplift the spirits of patients and visitors for generations to come.

Visit Us

The entrance to the Healing Arts Gallery is conveniently located adjacent to the Sarah Hogate Bacon Emergency Services Department. The Healing Arts Gallery is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The gallery is open to all.Healing Arts Gallery
For additional information or to purchase a piece, please contact Katharyn Ernst at 603-924-4682 or email A portion of sales benefits the Healing Arts program at MCH. To submit artwork see our Gallery Submission page.