RARITAN TWP., NJ - A commemorative plaque to honor author and watercolorist Dan Campanelli has been placed at Hunterdon Medical Center, and four of Campanelli’s prints have been unveiled and placed at the hospital.
The paintings now hang in the “3 West” wing.
A reception and dedication ceremony to celebrate his life was held May 24 at HMC. The paintings hang where he spent much of his time in the hospital while he was ill. Family, friends and staff also enjoyed a tour of the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Unit where other pieces of Campanelli’s work are displayed.
Campanelli’s original paintings of tranquil scenes of barns, historic dwellings, grist mills and other landmarks are represented in private, public, corporate, and fine art gallery collections throughout the U.S. He was a distinguished artist and won more than 100 art awards and honors, including national gold medals.
When Campanelli was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and then Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, friends suggested he go to New York or Pennsylvania for his treatment. He explained that he was confident in the care that would be provided by the doctors and staff of Hunterdon Medical Center.
“Hunterdon Medical Center is where Dan spent 106 days,” said his wife, Marty Campanelli. “He really got to know everyone from the doctors, to the physician assistants, to the nurses, the aides and even housekeeping staff. This was literally his home away from home and we both were happy with his care here.”
For patients, seeing the familiar local scenes that Campanelli depicted in his paintings, such as the historic Red Mill of Clinton, is uplifting and helps bring them comfort.
Campanelli often asked his wife to bring a painting to his hospital room so he could show staff who wanted to know about his work. “I know Dan is pleased that these four prints now hang outside the rooms where he spent so much of his last months and days,” she said. “He has gotten his wish.”