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Patient’s son creates artwork to line rehab institute’s walls

Photographs depict nature, architecture, texture
By: Staff Report
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Elliott Mair uses photography to express his feelings, so when he saw the lack of art inside the Sutter Rehabilitation Institute in Roseville he decided to do something about it.

He felt the facility should showcase inspiring and motivating artwork that could also be part of the patient’s recovery by encouraging language and thinking skills, according to a Sutter press release.

Elliott Mair, 27, had spent time at the institute to visit his father Steve Mair, who had suffered a debilitating stroke in 2010. He had pushed his dad in a wheelchair around the center’s halls. The artwork on the wall was uninteresting — and placed at a standing person’s height and not at a wheelchair level height.

With grant money from the National Arts and Disability Center and the California Arts Council, Elliott Mair had 10 of his photographs mounted and framed. They now hang at a variety of heights outside the therapy gym in the institute.

The photographs include nature, architecture and interesting textures. The artist worked with rehab center staff to ensure photographs avoided images that could cause patients confusion or emotional distress, or remind them of home. There are also no photos of food or candy.

“I hope the photographs convey my appreciation of the great care my dad received,” Elliott said in the press release. “And I hope that the patients, families and staff enjoy the photos as well.”