Patients Paint the World Bright

Our Shriners Hospital is a place of hope and transformation. That spirit is reflected in the new artwork that adorns the hallways leading to the in-patient care areas at our Northern California hospital. The paintings were done by patients attending the hospital school, including a young boy with a burn injury who had never before tried his hand at painting.Pastries Wall

“In my mind, I can still see him at the table with other kids totally focused on his work. Painting gave him the hope and confidence that he could do new things in spite of his severe burn injury. It is just one of many examples of the positive impact artistic expression has on kids who come to our hospital,” says Margaret Kugler, school program coordinator and vocational resource specialist.

Expressions of hope are spreading throughout the hospital as patient artwork is being enlarged and exhibited in hallways, reception areas and waiting rooms.

The butterfly paintings emerged this spring when students studied butterflies in science – and art. The sweet images of cakes, ice cream and other desserts are interpretations of the work of internationally acclaimed Sacramento artist Wayne Thiebaud, who students studied in our hospital school.  Every picture tells a story, and these show that we can count on kids to paint the world bright!

Butterfly Wall Pastries Composite


Shriners Hospitals for Children is devoted to transforming the lives of children through excellence in treatment, teaching and research.  Located at 2425 Stockton Boulevard in Sacramento, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California provides care to children with orthopaedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, burns, cleft lip, scars from any cause and other complex surgical needs. There are no barriers to care as admission is based on age and diagnosis.   Care is provided regardless of the family’s ability to pay. For further information call (916) 453-2000.

Media Contact:  Catherine Curran | Public Relations (916) 453-2218 |


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