BERKELEY HEIGHTS – Nature will come alive at Summit Medical Group at 5 p.m. on Oct. 16, with the opening reception for its fall art show, “Inspired by Nature."

Now in its 25th incarnation, the show was spawned out of an idea by Summit Medical Group space planner Elizabeth Wiech,” Why not create an art space where patients, doctors, and staff members could leave the day’s stresses behind?” She sees the art exhibits as a way to advance Summit Medical Group’s commitment to the community and notes that research shows art therapy can help people in pain. From selecting the art, to coordinating the installation and arranging the reception, Wiech’s curation of the shows is her way to positively affect people’s lives. She looks at putting an exhibit together as an opportunity to offer healing apart from the healing provided by doctors and staff.

“Inspired by Nature” runs for six months will be displayed in the Lower Lobby of Lawrence Pavilion, at the Diamond Hill campus, as well as along nearby corridors and in the café. The open nature of the exhibit space, allows enjoyment of the artwork when the building is open including during the weekend.

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On Nov. 14, a wider audience will admire the artwork when this Summit Medical Group campus will be featured in a series of open house tours at hospitals and healthcare facilities throughout the state sponsored by the Alliance for Arts & Health New Jersey and ArtPride New Jersey.

The event will feature tours of the campus from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a meet and greet with a selection of the artists.

Registration is requested; contact Stephanie Carr at scarr@artpridenj.com or Elizabeth Wiech ewiech@shm.net.