Tucson Medical Center has long embraced the belief that art creates a unique environment for healing, so we are pleased to announce that local artist Jos Villabrille has been chosen from a pool of nearly 60 applicants to paint a mural in a new therapeutic center for older adults experiencing behavioral health issues.
“We are profoundly grateful for the community’s interest in the project,” said Terri Waldman, the director of the TMC Geropsychiatric Center at Handmaker, which will open in January 2015. “It was a very difficult choice, given the breadth of talent before us, but we are very excited about the vision and energy that Jos will bring to the project.”
Because the Center will assist older adults who are experiencing behavioral health issues, such as depression, dementia, anxiety and rapid onset of impaired reality, the Selection Committee was looking for reflective and soothing artistic elements, as opposed to abstract art, overly vivid colors and heavy patterns. Villabrille uses an art technique, known as Trompe-l’oeil, that uses realistic imagery to create a three-dimensional illusion.
Villabrille has been painting professionally for 40 years and has painted many high profile art pieces – some of which are shown here – including at Park Place, Foothills Mall and Desert Diamond Casino, as well as restaurants and private residences.
In fact, one of Villabrille’s clients, Good Ole Tom’s, was so appreciative of his work that the company volunteered to contribute $1,000 to TMC’s project. The donation will help fund an expansion of the project to the first floor of Handmaker, which is opening a memory care unit for the care of Alzheimer’s disease in December. TMC appreciates the generosity.
TMC was nominated for a Tucson Pima Arts Council award for public art in 2012 because of its extensive sculpture, murals, artwork and open space throughout the campus. The project at Handmaker complements the TMC Foundation’s Healing Art Program, which is installing art throughout the Tucson Medical Center campus to enhance the hospital environment.