Thursday, November 7, 2002
CHOMP art curator AMY ESSICK is the brains behind the hospital''s-and Breast Care Center''s-art collection, which she pulled together with CEO DR. STEVEN PACKER. "We want to create a peaceful and calming atmosphere for women who come for their annual mammogram," she says. Good idea. Some of the artworks were already in CHOMP''s collection, but most were purchased or donated specifically for the newly-opened Breast Care Center. (All the artists named above donated their works.) The hospital''s collection focuses on local artists, and all the funding comes from a generous endowment left by MAURINE CHURCH COBURN, Essick points out-"none of it comes from patient fees."
AFFORDABLE LOVELINESS...Who says affordable housing has to be butt-ugly? Not the ever-optimistic folks at the MONTEREY BAY CHAPTER OF THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS, who are sponsoring an international contest of design proposals aimed at easing the county''s housing crisis. All submissions to the >"CONCEPTS: HOUSING SOLUTIONS FOR OUR COMMUNITIES" competition go on display Friday at the Marina Incubator at the UC MBEST Center at 3180 Imjin Rd., Marina, along with the winning submissions from a parallel CONCEPTS KIDS COMPETITION. The show is up until Nov. 29, and the public is encouraged to vote for "people''s choice" winners, who will be announced along with the formal prizewinners. The top ten ideas will be provided with commissions to develop their projects for specific sites in Monterey County. An art contest with applied results that will help people live better-another good idea.