Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - Healing Arts Exhibit Planned

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 14, 2020            


COVINGTON – St. Tammany Hospital Foundation’s Healing Arts Initiative will host the first solo exhibition of its rotating gallery series, Jan. 27 to March 20, featuring works by local artist Bernard Mattox.


The exhibit will include an opening reception Feb. 4, 4:30 p.m., on the first floor of St. Tammany Parish Hospital, 1202 S. Tyler St., Covington, flagship of St. Tammany Health System.

Bernard Mattox is a mixed media artist with a prolific career spanning more than four decades. Born in New Orleans, he has lived on the Northshore for more thirty years. His work is deeply symbolic and he considers himself more archeologist than artist, excavating memories, dreams, thoughts and associations through his work.


The Healing Arts Initiative is a program of the St. Tammany Hospital Foundation to promote art as a core component of healthcare and the healing process in the hospital and its outpatient facilities.


Healing Arts Initiative Committee Chair Mary Lee observed, “Art’s purpose in Healing has been supported by science-based studies and ongoing research, for decades. Members of The HAI Committee have witnessed this first hand with patients, family members and staff alike. The power & impact in art’s ability to heal is undeniable. It’s amazing to witness passersby take in the beauty of installed artwork, as a reprieve from current challenges. They trade their stress in exchange for clarity, inspiration, strength & a moment of hope. We can all use a little more healing in this World! This is our way of delivering this invaluable commodity to our community.”





St. Tammany Hospital Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization established to support and enhance the healing work of the physicians and staff of St. Tammany Health System. Through the development of philanthropic support, the foundation seeks to fortify the promise to provide world-class health care close to home, now and for generations to come.

St. Tammany Health System is the heartbeat of its community, caring for patients and families with excellence, compassion and teamwork; it will strengthen the health of its community with compassion, innovation and partnership and is recognized for quality, safety and the patient experience by CareChex, Leapfrog, Healthgrades, Hospital Compare, Women’s Choice and US News & World Report. St. Tammany Parish Hospital Service District No. 1 is an independent service district in a clinically integrated partnership with Ochsner Health System. Together, the two organizations focus on aligning their healthcare offerings to best serve patients and families in west St. Tammany and surrounding areas. Under their agreement, each retains its autonomy; neither manages nor owns the other. Self-supporting, not-for-profit STHS receives no tax funding. More at