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January 23, 2018

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Painting brings Nevada history to hospital


Keith Shimada / Special to the Home News

Natasha Meinecke, left, and Sylvia Beardsley look at David Donovan’s art work, “Nevada Tales,” after the presentation ceremony Friday St. Rose Dominican Hospital-de Lima Campus.

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St. Rose Dominican Hospitals President Val Baciarelli, left, introduces David Donovan and his art work, "Nevada Tales," at ceremony Friday.

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David Donovan poses by his painting, "Nevada Tales," after a presentation ceremony Friday at St. Rose Dominican Hospital-de Lima Campus.

With images tracing Nevada's history from Sarah Winnemucca to the Hoover Dam, the painting "Nevada Tales" was unveiled at St. Rose Dominican Hospital-de Lima Campus Friday as a donation from Henderson artist David Donovan.

"Given our 60 years in the valley, we believe we're a part of that tale," said Val Baciarelli, chief executive officer of the de Lima Campus.

Cathy Donovan, who works as a social worker for the hospital, had initiated the donation from her husband.

"I believe my husband does good work, and the hospital does good work," she said. "I want to see his artwork hanging in my work environment."

Donovan's portrait interlaces Nevada's history with the shape of the state, depicting pioneers, mines, bighorn sheep and the railroad. Prior to commencing the piece, Donovan studied Nevada history. Donovan's work has been featured on book and CD covers as well as the Las Vegas phone book. His future plans include traveling more of the U.S.

"If people like this, I want to go to every state in the Union and compose their history," said Donovan, 53.

Prior to hanging the art in the Adrian Conference Room, hospital officials perused a gallery of Donovan's work before settling on "Nevada Tales."

"I thought this was a perfect match," Baciarelli said.

Dave Clark can be reached at 990-2677 or [email protected].

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