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Artwork makes clinic waiting room a gallery

Patients can forget about staring at blank walls and bland prints while they wait to see the doctor.

With the help of Crossings at Carnegie and regional artists, folks can view lively, skillfully rendered original works of art at Mayo Clinic Health System-Red Wing in Zumbrota.

Crossings Director Marie Marvin recently installed watercolors by Bud Bullivant, an artist and teacher in Milaca, north of the Twin Cities. His works often depict Minnesota wildlife, though broken old pickup trucks parked in overgrown yards are another favorite theme.

"Placing original art at the clinic is not only another great way to bring art into the community, but it puts something beautiful and full of life in a place where people often are feeling under the weather," Marvin said. "Art heals people, so it only makes sense to put it at the doctors' office."

Works by other artists have been displayed over the past three years, and Marvin said she welcomes queries from artists interested in showing work at the clinic.

Displays are changed every few months. The artwork also is for sale.

You don't have to wait until you're sick to view the art: Stop in during regular clinic hours 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The clinic is located at 1350 Jefferson Drive, Zumbrota.

To learn more, call 507-732-7616 or go to