The idea for the contest came up when ECRM began fixing up the South wing of the hospital in order to turn it into a place for new mothers to recover with their newborns as well as a new children’s care section. Dr. Ivonne DeLaRosa of the Pediatrics department stated that the hospital wanted to spruce up the halls because after all who would want to see plain gray walls all the time. There was a call for art put out two months ago on February and the community responded.
“I feel what better than to have the kids and adults of the community show what motherhood is to them,” said Dr. DeLaRosa, “After all this is the community’s hospital.”
10 entries were submitted, each having to do with the theme of “Motherhood.” The paintings were then judged by hospital and community members before announcing the winner on Wednesday.
Julissa Tapia, a Senior from Southwest High School and the youngest entrant in the contest, won first place for her watercolor painting.
Tapia, who was encouraged by her art teacher to compete, was speechless after the announcement. “She told me it was a good oppotunity,” said Tapia, “It’s exciting, I’ve never had anything displayed around before.”
Kelly Ashbrook took 2nd and Natalie Lopez took 3rd. All winners received prize money and will be on display in the new hospital wing when it is complete.
This year’s entries were from high school freshmen to adults, but next year Dr. DeLaRosa is thinking the contest could take entries from the elementary schools.
The artwork will be up for 12 months before being rotated out for new work at a later time.