Swedish/Issaquah hosts community arts celebration

October 30, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

Swedish/Issaquah is showcasing the Seattle Art Museum — and local artists — at a Nov. 1 community celebration in the medical center’s majestic lobby.

The event is meant to highlight Elles at the Seattle Art Museum. Elles showcases exhibitions and programs featuring women artists.

In addition to the Elles connection, attendees can embark on docent-led and self-guided tours highlighting Northwest women’s artwork on display throughout Swedish/Issaquah.

The event, dubbed A Night Out at Swedish: Fall Arts Showcase, features a concert by the Sammamish Symphony String Quartet, plus works from local and Northwest artists.

If you go

A Night Out at Swedish: Fall Arts Showcase

  • 6-8 p.m. Nov. 1
  • Swedish/Issaquah, 751 N.E. Blakely Drive
  • Free
  • Call the Swedish/Issaquah concierge desk at 313-7913 to learn more.

Organizers said attendees can sip a free glass of wine or Starbucks coffee, or slip into Café 1910 for dinner. The on-site restaurant is usually open only for lunch, but organizers extended the hours for the celebration.

Other highlights at the event include heron-inspired artwork from artEAST’s Rookery Project.

The retail options around the lobby, The Shops at Swedish, plan to offer a 10 percent discount on select merchandise. Women can receive complimentary bra fittings at the Perfect Fit boutique.

The event is also a nod to the Swedish system’s history of showcasing public artwork. Swedish/Issaquah features dozens of pieces from Northwest artists on display throughout the facility.

“We are proud to create a healing environment for people coming in. We want to create a healing environment. We want to be something that when you walk in, you don’t feel ‘hospital,’” said Natalie Kozimor, a Swedish public relations specialist. “We think the art has really helped with that.”

Using the hospital as a community gathering space factored into marketing and outreach efforts since before the facility opened in July 2011. Organizers also plan to host a family holiday celebration featuring Santa Claus and a giant gingerbread house.

“Oftentimes, when you think of hospital, you think, ‘I go there when I’m sick,’” Kozimor said. “We want to have people think, ‘I can also go there when I’m well.’ We want to be as much of a community center as a medical center.”

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