To acknowledge the high quality of medical care and the artistic talent of Darlean Morris, St. Marys resident Gary Austin made a double donation to the “Someone I Know” campaign in her memory. He donated $25,000 to the hospital and a set of 4 abstract paintings to be used as an auction item at the upcoming Fundraising Gala .
He said that he and Darlean moved to St. Marys in 2002 and “we had accessible, responsive and high quality medical service at the St. Marys Memorial Hospital and with the Happy Valley Health Team”. He said that this impression was most notable during the time Darlean had two serious illnesses with the last one taking her life in 2014. “The team couldn’t do enough to support both her and me” Gary said.
Darlean Morris retired to St. Marys switching from a high school administrator to a full time professional artist. From her studio in the Opera House she created a diversity of hundreds of paintings. Although she could paint realistically, most work was in her preferred abstract style. Recognizing the artistic talent in the community, she founded the Art Salon which brought together local artists for mutual recognition and an annual show and sale of their work. This group, now Stonetown Arts, has grown to over 40 members who meet regularly to enhance and support each other’s creativity. The four paintings that are being donated for the auction are entitled “Jubilation” and are a great example of Darlean’s artistic vision.