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Competition looks to recruit artists from La. and Miss.

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) – Competition aims to benefit hospice through art.

The Louisiana-Mississippi Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (LMHPCO) announced the Art of Hospice - a regional art competition that gets underway in January 2014. The competition's goal is to use art, in many different mediums, to make people more aware of hospice and better understand its benefits.  

Sixteen works of art will be chosen to be part of the LMHPCO's Art of Hospice traveling exhibit, which will be held in 16 different communities throughout La. and Miss. from Sept. 2014 to Dec. 2015. LMHPCO member hospices are now recruiting artists, who will spend the next six months creating works in various mediums that depict the care and compassion given at the end of life.

LMHPCO Executive Director Jamey Boudreaux explained the artists will create their works of art after shadowing hospice workers to gain insight and knowledge of the services provided by hospice staff and volunteers. 

"This project offers us an opportunity to let both professionals and the public gain insight into what a hospice program is…and what it is not," Boudreaux said. "Art allows people to sense, feel and learn without the use of words, and we are excited to see how our arts communities in Louisiana and Mississippi take on this challenge of creatively expressing our member organizations' work."

The artists will spend six months creating their works of art, and in July 2014 a panel of art experts and critics will select 15 works to be included in the traveling exhibition. LMHPCO members will also choose a piece to be included in the exhibit.

"We have a long history of hospice care in Alexandria and our surrounding communities," said LMHPCO Board Member Sherrill Phelps. "Despite that, people still wonder what we do. It's a great chance to get the word out about our important work, and we are looking forward to seeing wonderful art and hosting this traveling exhibit in our community."

The works can be in a variety of mediums, either two- or three-dimensional. All art will be judged for its artistic quality and ability to interpret the representation of dignity and compassion provided by LMHPCO members.

Artists and others interested in learning more about this project can visit the LMHPCO website http://www.lmhpco.org/news/index.shtml.

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