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Abbey Art Works asks isolated artists to paint picturesque Abbey Pond

Amateur and professionals alike are being invited to connect with each other â€" and their inner muses â€" by agreeing to paint their individual renditions of the lovely Abbey Pond.

Abbey Art Works is looking for a way to connect with painters, professionals or amateurs, teachers and-or students during the separateness that has come with COVID-19.

Participants, who will be sent a photo of the pond, are also encouraged to collect their thoughts or musings journal-style during the creative process. They can include sketches and-or photos of progress as pond images take shape.

"Let's record the thoughts of artists in troubled times. It is how history is remembered," said an Abbey Art Works statement recruiting participation in their challenge to connect. Several dozen have already signed on.

Those who accept it can use any medium, abstract or realist, etching, monotype, drawing, or other method or media of choice.

There are no fees, no jury to judge the entries, no commission on sales, and no one will be turned away.

The entries will be hung in an exhibit at Abbey Art Works after the pandemic, and participants will be invited to view the exhibition, visit with one another and share a potluck meal.

Sign up and request a photograph of the Abbey Pond by contacting the art works at info@abbeyartworks, www.abbeyartworks.com or by calling (985) 789-6889.

REACHING OUT

 Avala Hospital in Covington has hosted two community food distributions to help take pressure off local food banks during this unprecedented time. The hospital at 67252 Industry Lane teamed up with Sam’s Wholesale Club, Acquistapace’s and Fresh Market to provide the fixings for a healthy meal of red beans, rice, vegetables and cornbread for families in need of a little help.

Hancock Whitney has pledged a $15,000 investment to the Northshore Food Bank as part of the bank’s COVID-19 community relief efforts. The investment will provide an estimated 500 families with a box of food for a month. The organization’s mission is to serve the north shore community by providing access to basic needs. This announcement comes on the heels of Hancock Whitney committing $2.5 million to help people in some of the Gulf South’s most vulnerable neighborhoods during the COVID-19 pandemic.

ELKS LODGE No. 2321 donated $1,000 worth of food to the employees at Slidell Memorial Hospital. The lodge bought the food for cost from T. LeBlanc's Restaurant. The Elks also gave a $750 check to the North Shore Food Bank. 

HEALTH

St. Tammany Health System was once again awarded an A from The Leapfrog Group during its spring 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade review period. This marks the ninth consecutive grading period in which STHS in Covington has earned the highest safety rating. The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. It assigns grades on an A to F sale to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harm to patients in their care.

SERVICES

CRITTERS: Northshore Human Society is still providing services by appointment at the no-kill rescue center and clinic as an essential services provider. But updated guidelines require that no client or animal leave their vehicle upon arrival. Staff wearing protective gear will come to client vehicles for registration and to take animals inside. When the animal is returned after seeing a vet, any follow-up conversation takes place at the vehicle.

Email clinic@nshumane.org with questions or to schedule.

All clients are encouraged to download the PetDesk app, https://bit.ly/2Jt9ktX, or order prevention and medicine on MyVetstore online to be shipped straight to your door at https://bit.ly/2U6FQ9M.

The adoption center is also operating by appointment only. To schedule a time or ask questions about an adoptable pet, email adopt@nshumane.org.

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