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Doctors use their hands for more than healing

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Three patrons look at some of the art on Display in the new exhibit at the Albany Museum of Art called "The Art of Health and Healing". Three patrons look at some of the art on Display in the new exhibit at the Albany Museum of Art called "The Art of Health and Healing".
Books by Norman Rockwell and Leonardo da Vinci at the Albany Museum of Art.  The two great painters were among those who used medicine as subjects for their works. Books by Norman Rockwell and Leonardo da Vinci at the Albany Museum of Art. The two great painters were among those who used medicine as subjects for their works.
This painting shows surgeons at work on a patient.  It will be on display at the Albany Museum of Art until December 30th. This painting shows surgeons at work on a patient. It will be on display at the Albany Museum of Art until December 30th.
One of the most famous of Norman Rockwell's paintings is this one, entitled "Before the Shot".  It's on display at the Albany Museum of Art through December 30th. One of the most famous of Norman Rockwell's paintings is this one, entitled "Before the Shot". It's on display at the Albany Museum of Art through December 30th.
Three sculptures by Albany Podiatrist Dr. Chris Stanich on display.  Dr. Stanich is one of nine area doctors to have pieces on display at the museum of art through the end of the year. Three sculptures by Albany Podiatrist Dr. Chris Stanich on display. Dr. Stanich is one of nine area doctors to have pieces on display at the museum of art through the end of the year.

Medicine is one of the most rigorous areas of study that a person can take up. And it would seem to have nothing to do with art.  But medicine deals with the human body, and so it has often been the subject of artists.

Nick Nelson is the Director of the Albany Museum of Art.  He gives us the history, "in the Renaissance, physicians and artists started working together to really do a scientific study of the human body."

Even one of the greatest painters in Georgia history often used medicine as a subject.

"Lamar Dodd became very famous for his heart series.  He started the art department at the University of Georgia.  He was invited into the operating room," said Nelson.

But it's not just the artists themselves who have painted medical subjects.  Some South Georgia doctors are showing that the relationship between medicine and art goes the other way as well.  For the next two months at the Albany Museum of Art, local physicians are putting their art on display.

Mary McCarty of the Phoebe Putney Hospital Centennial Committee said, "we decided that we wanted to spread the wealth, if you will, as far as celebrating our centennial anniversary."

From pictures to abstract art, nine doctors from around the area are displaying their works. Among the most stunning pieces are three sculptures by Dr. Chris Stanich, a podiatrist by trade.  Like any good art, the works have an inspiring story behind them.

Dr. Stanich said, "I've got a very dear friend who's ill, and she asked me to make one for her.  I asked her what she wanted and she said a star."

While art is a fairly new concept for Stanich, he's always been good with his hands.

He said, "I've been doing metal work in various forms from a young age."

There's a reason that he took up sculptures such as these a few years ago.  He said, "I tend to call it therapy. I like doing it out in my shop, it's how I relax."

McCarty thinks that the other doctors on display here would agree with him.  And she believes that there's even more talent in the local medical community.

"We have photography, painting, sculpture and I think there's a lot more out there that could have participated," said McCarty.

It's an example of how the hands that heal can also be the hands that create.

There will be a reception for the medical exhibit tomorrow from 5:30 until 7:30 at the Albany Museum of Art.

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