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A new awakening

Last week’s Monadnock Community Hospital art opening doubled as welcome to new MCH president Cynthia McGuire

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More than 100 people gathered at the Healing Arts Gallery at Monadnock Community Hospital on Thursday, to celebrate the opening of the new show entitled: Awakening.

The event included the work of local artists Joan Barrows, Lulu Fichter, Gail Hoar, Eva-Lynn Loy, Kimberly Peck and Bettina Peabody, and marked the 7th opening for the Healing Arts Gallery.

Visitors came to celebrate the partnership between the arts and the hospital, as well as to welcome the new President and CEO of Monadnock Community Hospital, Cynthia K. McGuire, and to hear a few words from previous President and CEO Peter Gosline.

“I came for the love of art,” said David Nelson, Dublin resident and local artist.

“I feel very honored to have my work here,” agreed Joan Barrows, one of the featured artists. “Unlike other galleries where only artists and those interested in arts see your work, here all the segments of the population have access to your art and that’s unique.”

Gail Hoar, spoke at the event. “Anyone can do art. You can always get better and always be inspired by others.” The hospital’s gallery, she said, provides a place for artists to share their work and see the work of their peers.

McGuire started working at the hospital on Feb. 24. So far, she said jokingly, the experience has been a “brain dump.”

McGuire said she has been very busy, but also very impressed by how friendly the community of Jaffrey has been. “There is a lot of passion for Monadnock Community Hospital, from the staff and hospital and the community. People are passionate about what we do and about the facility itself,” she said.

The event marked McGuire’s first public event for the hospital. In her welcome speech, she remarked that the Healing Arts Gallery was one of the first places she visited when she was touring the hospital and interviewing for the position. Immediately, McGuire said, “I could feel a sense of pride.”

Former President and CEO, Peter Gosline spoke about how important the gallery is for the community. “We have found a way to connect the world of healing with the world of art,” he said.

Gosline also said he is confident in McGuire’s abilities. “We are in good hands.”

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