Saturday, January 23, 2016


Seems hospitals are latching on to a new sideline. With their miles of halls, they have ample room to display art and many are doing it.

Our own hospital has a local art gallery organizing their exhibits. Each month, the pictures get swapped out. This month, photography is featured. Many of them are friends of my guy--though despite my urging, he didn't enter any of his photographs!--so we went by to check it out.

The theme is Sidney Lanier, a well-known poet born in Macon and proudly claimed by Georgia. In case you've not heard of him, he wrote The Marshes of Glynn, The Song of the Chattahoochee, and other lovely poems. He was also a musician and an author. Georgia has named schools, buildings, bridges, counties, and lots of other things for him, including Lake Lanier near Atlanta.

Like many poets, poor Sidney suffered a hard life. He wanted to study music but his parents didn't allow it (probably wanted him to be able to support himself!), so he wrote, taught, and did other things to keep up his wife and children. He traveled quite a bit, too, trying to find a cure for his tuberculosis contracted when he served in the Confederacy. Alas, the disease got him at the young age of thirty-nine.

But he left us a nice legacy. Here are some pix of the view of the hospital exhibit, beginning with the name (Horton Gallery is what this portion of the walls devoted to art is called). The picture to the side shows Sidney's flute, I believe:

This sign tells who Sidney was and gives other information:

And here is part of the wall with its photographs:

And around the corner is the end of the wall:

You might be able to see a few. They include Sidney's instruments, a song he wrote, pictures of the scenery that suggested his poems, his childhood home, bridges named for him and more.

A nice way to while away an hour!


  1. There are places here that do the same thing these days, displaying art or photographs. If you're spending time, for instance, in a hospital, it can brighten things up.

  2. Wonderful wonderful wonderful.
    I wish "your guy" would have sent something. I remember the photos of the Fair. Outstanding.

    cheers, psrsnip

    1. Thank you, Parsnip! I'll tell him you said so!


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