My Fiber Art is Hanging In Oregon’s new State Hospital. How About That?

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I had a nice experience that I thought I’d share. The state of Oregon purchased four of my art quilts. You may wonder why would a state need art quilts? They were needed because the old Oregon State Hospital was just that, old. Repairs and improvements had been made over the years, but it had reached the point that the state decided they needed a new one.

That new facility has just reached completion. the new beautiful Oregon State Hospital and beautiful buildings needed to be decorated.Art needed to be purchased. This is where I came in, as well as other artists.

This hospital was needed, the old one was falling apart around them. This is the same hospital that the old movie “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” was filmed in. Do you remember the movie? Jack Nicholson stared. It looked pretty old and dreary way back then.

The state began work on a new facility and it has now been completed. The final tasks are being completed before the big unveiling to the public, some of these involved the decor and decoration. I was happy to be among the artists included.

These last few weeks the staff have been moving into the new building, a massive exodus , a concerted effort to hang the art and add the finishing touches was going on as well.The open house took place last week.

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Karen Nixon a psychologist in Brisbane Australia had the same idea, great ideas spread rapidly..

The idea that was conceived was to hang quilts on some of the walls  to give  a homey feel. It is a state mental hospital and that was a great idea.

I don’t know if you remember the Australian Psychologist, Karen Nixon who commissioned an art quilt to hang in the office she and three other psychologists share in Brisbane? They had the same thought, it would help patients to relax and feel comfortable.

It was a lot of work, but the New Oregon State Hospital  opened their doors on schedule for the public to see. We were invited and attended naturally, I wanted to see my art quilts hanging. Most of the quilts I saw were conventional ones, beautiful work.When finished. I think this was the exact sort of atmosphere that they wanted to create.

As we walked around the facility, every where we went on the tour, the quilts.added a beautiful touch. Quilts make great artwork, most were traditional quilts and they brought a comfortable warm feel and interest. A bright spot in a state that has many dark days.It can be effect the moods of many. I’m referring to the general populous who may not face the challenges which are faced each day by those who will move into this building.

I’ve included a few of the my photos taken of the facility itself and naturally of some of my art quilts hanging there

I also wanted to encourage you to take a look at at Karen Nixon’s website, there are so many articles covering a multitude of problems with practical help provided It’s more of a resource than most usual business sites, which provide the hours of operation, maps and directions. I was very impressed with the wealth of articles available.


North Brisbane Psychologists
Aspley Medical Center Complex
Suite 1, 1131 Gympie Rd.
Aspley, Qld 4034

You can see the walls and doors under the structure.
You can see the walls and doors under the structure.
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A sculptural cover for those who would like to go outdoors on a rainy day.

A exciting sculpture  that’s functional, it serves a covering  for those                                                                                             who want to enjoy being outdoors and stay



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My “60 MPH Sunset” and me!
"60 mpn Sunset" art quilt
My art quilt “60 MPH Sunset”
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My art quilts hanging in the state hospital
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self-defeating thinking
“Lunar Eclipse” 




Published by Barbara Harms Fiber Art

About Myself & My Approach Art has always played a role in my life, in one form or another. by my teens I had narrowed my focus to painting. I decided I was going to become a serious painter. I joined the Las Vegas Artist's Guild at 15, the youngest member at that time. I was completely out of place, I tried to go unnoticed, a mute fly on the wall, with a big smile pasted on my face. I've continued to paint most of my life. After a move to Oregon years later, I was introduced to quilting and fell in love. I was introduced to quilting & fell in love. In time I missed the creative freedom painting made possible. Then I discovered mixed media fiber art, I was home. MY APPROACH TO ART It's the creative process that holds the greatest attraction for me. Starting with a tiny seed of an idea; vague and blurred around the edges, I follow where that leads. There are often many changes and adjustments along the way. The result can often be surprizing. My approach is an instinctual one. Generally, I do little pre-planning. I make creative decisions, choices, directions as they present themselves. This approach can lead to quite a few changes in the direction. I love that element of surprize! Sometimes I have one that I especially like, I can't wait to show someone. At that moment l feel like a six year old, running home from school, a drawing in hand, excited to show Mom. At those times. I'm smiling like the Cheshire cat. I’ve had some of my work published in several magazines. which is exciting. But the most gratifying thing is having clients be really happy with their purchased art quilt. Word press Etsy shop-sales Contact: inquiry Personal Links

4 thoughts on “My Fiber Art is Hanging In Oregon’s new State Hospital. How About That?

  1. Barbara, Our clients love your quilt. Your love, proven by the hours of work you put into the quilt is in our consulting room. It is a lovely energy to have here. I am sure the same effect will be present in the hospital. I love your Lunar Eclipse, so ethereal. Kind Regards Karen

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