The Art of Better Health


for Health

Donors, patients and creative artists come together to uplift, encourage, include and heal through Natividad Foundation’s Art of Better Health program. Donors and local artists started by transforming what could have been a generic hospital setting into one that welcomes and affirms the healing strength of our community. Thanks to these gifts, original local art fills our center and makes it feel more like home.

“Art not only makes us feel good. It improves health, immune system and reduces length of hospital stays.”

– Dr. Anthony Galicia, Natividad’s Acute Rehabilitation Center Medical Director


Watch how art creates better health at Natividad and take a walk through Kirk Kennedy’s book, “HOME Monterey County.”

The healing through art continues every year as our local art society partners with us to submit dozens of original paintings tied to our annual theme. Part of the proceeds from this year’s program will support spiritual care for patients of Natividad.


El Encargo movie
“El Encargo,” by Jose Ortiz, is an original mural that graces one of Natividad’s main hallways, connecting patients who previously lived in rural villages with their aspirations for a better life.

Monterey Bay Plein Air Painters Association:
"Art Needs No Translation, Only Interpretation"

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Every year, Natividad Foundation and Monterey Bay Plein Air Painters Association come together to present a special art exhibition on the second floor of Natividad. . The paintings honor the patients served by Natividad, creating an environment that welcomes and affirms the healing strength of our community. The juror of this show was the award-​winning artist Carol Tarzier.

The term “Plein Air” painters refers to artists who go outside and paint in the open, “en plein air,” creating their paintings based on the scene in front of them. Generally, these paintings are relatively small in size because of the logistics of the undertaking and the need to capture the fleeting light and atmosphere. Some of the larger paintings in the show were created in the artist’s studio based on smaller plein air studies.

Georgesse Gomez with Nyland Ranch

First Place

“Nyland Ranch”

Artist: Georgesse Gomez
Medium: Oil
Price: $480

Maria Boisvert with Early Morning Point Lobos

Second Place

“Early Morning Point Lobos”

Artist: Maria Boisvert
Medium: Oil
Price: $875

Third Place

“Garrapata Beach”

Artist: Maggie Renner Hellman
Medium: Oil
Price: $1,100

Sibyl Johnson, winter on Monastery Beach

Honorable Mention

“Winter on Monastery Beach”

Artist: Sibyl Johnson
Medium: Oil
Price: $550

Honorable Mention

“Mission Bells”

Artist: Victoria Galitzine
Medium: Oil
Price: $675

Honorable Mention

“Dreams of Spanish Bay”

Artist: Marie Massie
Medium: Oil
Price: $3,500


Michelle Ferguson with Ribbon of Light

Honorable Mention

“Ribbon Of Light”

Artist: Michelle Murphy-Ferguson
Medium: Oil
Price: $500

Rhett Regina Owings with Carmel River Marsh

Honorable Mention

“Carmel River Marsh”

Artist: Rhett Regina Owings
Medium: Oil
Price: $650

Honorable Mention

“Mount Carmel Creek”

Artist: Julia Munger Seelos
Medium: Oil
Price: $900

All paintings are on sale throughout 2018 and 30% of sales benefit Natividad Foundation’s Spiritual Care program.
To view the full gallery of paintings, please click here.