October art show at Saint Martin's will benefit free medical clinic

Thursday, September 16, 2004

Lacey –Saint Martin’s College students, staff, monks and the college’s Sodexho Food Service are banding together to stage an Oct. 16 art show to raise money for the new Neighborhood Free Medical Clinic, an organization devoted to providing medical care for those who lack medical coverage.

Opened on March 30 in Lacey, the non-profit Neighborhood Free Medical Clinic provides free basic medical care and referral services to those who lack medical coverage. It is operated by an all-volunteer medical and office staff and depends on community donations for the purchase of equipment, medications, supplies, utilities and other operating expenses. It is a mission of Olympia’s Westminster Presbyterian Church.

The public is invited to the show, which will be from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the college’s recently opened dining hall addition, St. Gertrude Dining Hall, in the Old Main building, 5300 Pacific Ave. Tickets – $10; $5 for students with valid ID – must be purchased in advance and are available at the college’s Student Union Building and dining hall and, from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, at the Neighborhood Free Clinic, 3045A, Carpenter Road S.E.

“I think this is an opportunity to have all of us at Saint Martin’s come together and work together as a community,” said Joe Burr, a cook with Sodexho at Saint Martin’s and one of the show’s organizers. “This College is kind of a gem in the community, and the show will give people who normally wouldn’t get to see it an opportunity to visit the college, see the college’s new dining room addition and enjoy themselves while at the same time helping to support one of the most worthy causes in the world, other people.”

While Saint Martin’s does not have an art department, the juried event will showcase the amateur talent of students, faculty, staff and monks along with a sprinkling of professional works. The show will include a range of art, from paintings and drawings to photography, origami, poetry and flower arrangements. Some art will be on sale, with profits going to the clinic. Sodexho’s noted kitchen staff also will be working to create some of their most artful and tasty food displays for the visual and eating enjoyment of show-goers, Burr said.

Live music and vocal performances by Japanese students attending Saint Martin’s through the Academy of International Education also will be part of the evening.

Show sponsors are the Associated Students of Saint Martin’s College, Saint Martin’s Office of Campus Ministry and Sodexho at Saint Martin’s.

For more information:
Deanna Partlow
Office of Communication
360-438-4541; dpartlow@stmartin.edu