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Local student immortalizes hospital in Rockwell-type painting

La Grange – Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital has been immortalized in a Norman Rockwell-themed painting created by a local high school student. The painting, titled “Double Appointment,” will be displayed in downtown LaGrange this summer as part of the LaGrange Business Association’s “The Big Picture” art exhibit and will be sold in a charity auction Sept. 12.

 La Grange resident Kim Kuba, a junior at Lyons Township High School and a member of the La Grange Art League, has a personal connection to the hospital featured in her acrylic painting: She was born there 18 years ago.

When selecting her design, she modified a Norman Rockwell piece to give her painting both a nostalgic and modern look.

“It’s a modern facility with old-fashioned hospitality,” Kuba said. “I wanted my painting to capture that and showcase the compassionate care the hospital is known for.”

With Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital in the background, Kuba painted a little girl holding her doll up to a doctor who “listens” to its “heart” with a stethoscope.

The doll wears 1950s style clothing, but the doctor sports present-day scrubs. The theme of this year’s “The Big Picture” art exhibit in downtown LaGrange, “Famous Masterpieces,” is intended to mimic the styles of famous artwork while also showcasing local landmarks and community assets.

The business association will unveil the 45 paintings at the Pet Parade. Kuba’s piece, on easel 40, will be displayed at 43 S. La Grange Road. A map outlining the locations of all the paintings will be available at locations throughout La Grange.

The artwork will be auctioned off during the “Let’s Paint the Town,” art festival in September. Proceeds benefit various charities including Pets and Pals charities and the LaGrange Historical Society. Rick Wright, chief executive officer of Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, expressed appreciation for Kuba’s efforts. “We’re pleased Kim donated her time and talents on our behalf,” Wright said.