Dr. Larry Peterson's Art Display Provides Respite to Those at Good Samaritan

June 02, 2018

KEARNEY—CHI Health Good Samaritan welcomes a new artist display to its Walkway Gallery. Until September 28 the work of Dr. Larry Peterson, paintings featuring the Platte River, will be available for public viewing. Peterson resides in Kearney and has been creating art for more than 40 years.

When asked about his pursuit, Peterson commented, “the artist must see the world through a more sensitive view; and in this way, the arts become a process of human activity, a way of learning and discovering.”

“The use of art in a hospital setting can be a powerful aid in the healing process. Even as we began installing the display, we saw visitors pause and look at the pieces, comment on them, and take a moment to escape from whatever worry brought them to the hospital. Art can help reduce stress, change a negative mindset to a positive one, and provide a momentary distraction that allows us to recharge our emotions,” said Randy DeFreece, director of the Good Samaritan Foundation and chairman of the Art Steering Committee.

The committee follows a competitive selection process using documented research criteria for art that supports healing in a hospital environment to choose the artists featured in the gallery. A new artist will display his or her works every four months. To submit art for consideration, please contact the Foundation at (308) 865-2700.

The Walkway Gallery is a dedicated corridor connecting the main hospital to the West Tower at Good Samaritan. This gallery gives regional artists more than 90 feet of display space with lighting and security systems to professionally highlight their artistic works. It was developed as part of Good Samaritan's Planetree philosophy of patient-centered healing.