Saint Joseph Berea's Rotating Exhibit Features Macrophotography by Local Artist Michelle Hayden


Saint Joseph Berea

Through Saint Joseph Berea's partnership with the Berea Arts Council, new works of art grace the hospital's hallways every six to eight weeks. The facility’s artist in residence, Debra Hille, coordinates the rotating art exhibits and says it's "about creating an optimal healing environment.” The current exhibit, on display through July 22, is of macrophotography and encaustic work by Madison County artist Michelle Hayden. Saint Joseph Berea's permanent collection features several of Hayden's pieces.

Michelle said, "I know firsthand from my work in health care settings the deep need for more light, color and symbols which provide solace and hope in a space whose focus is health and healing, and am so grateful to have some small part in this process. I feel honored to be able to share the cathartic power inherent in nature and from my own healing paths, in a form, which can be shared with others.

I had the privilege of being a hospice social worker, and witnessed time and time again the healing influence of nature and art, in its many glorious forms."