If it makes you happy, do it!

May 11, 2015

….And we did! SOGH recently launched a new exhibit featuring newcomer artist, Gibril Bangura.  The collection, entitled “Happy Paintings” highlights Gibril’s story of escaping war while enriching patients, hospital staff and visitors’ lives with vibrant color.  The collection, on display for six months, brings its burst of color to a hallway SOGH has dedicated as a permanent, rotating gallery wall. It aims to ignite patients’ spirits, connect them to the compelling stories in local artists’ work and embrace those in our community who have overcome challenges and healed.

The exhibit is part of SOGH’s initiative to showcase emerging artists and create a healing environment for patients and visitors. “Art humanizes an environment. It is an important outlet for patients, often sparking memories, imagination and having a profound effect on their ability to cope during their stay” remarks Twylla Krueger, Executive Director. Anyone who looks at one of Gibril’s vibrant paintings will be transported to their own place of reflection.

Gibril moved to Winnipeg in 2014 with his family to escape war ravaged Sierra Leone. He depicts his compelling stories, teeming with unimaginable hardships and glorious triumphs in vivid paintings. Gibril’s art is restorative; it helped him forget the trauma and horrific memories from his past. Always yearning to be in his studio, his passion continues in telling his stories and making people happy.

Supporting the community he is now embedded in is important to Gibril, who agreed to donate a portion of the proceeds from each painting sold during the exhibit to the Seven Oaks Hospital Foundation. The hospital is proud to be part of the fabric of the North End. Launching this collection celebrates the many ways in which our community heals by connecting with strong images, powerful stories and the human experience.

The gallery is always open to the public. For more information on Gibril Bangura’s art or purchasing a painting please call the Seven Oaks General Hospital Foundation at 204-632-3552.

CBC was here to cover the opening – click here to view the video & read the article!