By Jane Seiss
About a year ago, not long after assuming ownership of Bay Radiology Breast Imaging Center, Dr. Laura Amodei began thoughtfully seeking out local artists whose work she could display at her office in Severna Park.
“To the extent that I can, I am trying to fill my breast imaging center with art and décor from local artists and stores,” Amodei explained. “We have 10,000 patients, so I thought it would be a great opportunity to showcase local artists and artisans.”
In search of creative pieces, Amodei posted messages on the Annapolis Moms and Bay Radiology Facebook groups, announcing her goal of adorning the walls of her facility with local works of art. Within a day, she had 97 responses directing her to area artists.
Amodei shared that the selected artists have varying stories and are at different places in their creative paths. “I’m open to artists at all stages in their careers. It is especially fun to showcase artists at the beginning of their careers,” she said.
One of the artists, Annapolis-born Chavela Bell, is launching her career. She creates under the VelaRae name and is currently studying at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Two of her painted boxes are positioned near the entrance to Amodei’s breast imaging center.
Pasadena artist Laura Laird’s prints are displayed in the mammogram room. Laird creates magazine collages often inspired by nature. They are cheerful pieces, purposely placed in the space to provide comfort or inspire conversation.
Pam Sanders has provided fluid abstract art created using acrylics. Painting is a hobby for her, and the work at Amodei’s office is the first that Sanders has publicly displayed.
Also featured at Bay Radiology are prints from Annapolis-based painter Kim Hovell. Amodei has commissioned an oyster with pearl painting from the celebrated local artist, and it will soon be added to the Bay Radiology collection.
“Patients have enjoyed the art,” Amodei said. “We’re trying to choose soothing pieces.”
Amodei is also proud to feature décor from Park Home, a shop in Park Plaza, just around the corner from her practice. The large compass in the waiting room has received much interest. “A lot of our patients come from an hour or more away, and they never would have shopped at Park Home, but now, they know about it,” Amodei noted. “We have four artists right now. It is a bit of a work in progress.”
The artists featured at Bay Radiology include Chavela Bell (www.velaraedesigns.com), Kim Hovell (www.kimhovell.com), Laura Laird (www.lauralairdartist.com), and Pam Sanders (www.instagram.com/pamsandersfluidart). “I’m interested in adding more art from other local artists as well,” said Amodei, who also noted that the pieces are affordable.
In the coming weeks, Amodei will develop a flyer that provides more information about each of the artists. In the meantime, visitors at Bay Radiology may inquire with staff to find out more about the works on display.
For more information about Bay Radiology and its breast imaging services, visit www.bay-radiology.com. Although remaining space at the small office is limited, local artists interested in sharing their work at Amodei’s office may reach her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.