PeaceHealth St. Joseph Foundation Hosts Aboriginal Art, ‘Australian Dreamings’


​The PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center Foundation will host its first-ever exhibition of contemporary Australian Aboriginal art beginning Oct. 7. The show, titled Australian Dreamings, is from the original collection of Dave Garets and Claire McCarthy. 

The exhibit opens its tour Saturday, Sept. 28 at the Lucia Douglas Gallery in Fairhaven, then travels to PeaceHealth St. Joseph where it will be on display Oct. 7 to Jan. 26, 2014.

The works, reportedly among the nation’s finest Aboriginal collections, will be displayed along the halls of PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical as part of the “Healing through Art” program. 

Garets, who has indigenous art from native populations in Canada, the United States, Africa and the Middle East, acquired his first piece of Australian Aboriginal art in 1999.  His collection of Aboriginal art, which now includes 35 paintings as well as carvings and other artifacts, demonstrates a style unique to that history and culture.

“They’re mostly not abstracts, but rather landscapes and stories about their culture by people from the longest continuous culture on earth,” said Garets, who is fascinated by the art.

“First, the artists aren’t trained to paint. It’s a part of their culture,” said Garets. “Second, most of their works are called ‘dreamings’ and considered landscapes from the vantage point of someone floating in space.”

“Healing through Art” is a program of rotating displays – including photographs, paintings and drawings – intended to provide a visually appealing environment of healing.

For more information on the exhibit, “Healing through Art,” the PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center Foundation or to donate, please contact the Foundation Office of Development​.​