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Wildman & Helle on display at Magruder Healing Wall!

Updated: Sep 1, 2022

It happened in a flash, summer has gone and we are heading into the crisp, cool weather of fall in northwest Ohio.

With the changing of the seasons also comes the changing of the art on the Healing Wall at Magruder Hospital in Port Clinton.

The Healing Wall is a rotating exhibit of artists from around Ottawa County and began eight years ago as a collaboration between the Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council and the hospital.

The idea is the Healing Wall, which is located in the outpatient wing hallway, can give a few moments of peace through the stress of a hospital visit.

Works by Patty Wildman and Sharon Helle will be on display for the months of September and October 2022.

Some items are for sale. Please contact Magruder Hospital’s administrative director of marketing and public relations Lis Brand at 419-734-3131 ext.3145.

Magruder Hospital is located at 615 Fulton St. Port Clinton, OH 43452.


Patty Wildman (Cable) began her painting career in 2009, while living in Santa Cruz, California. While attending open studio sessions in the Aptos suburb, Patty met Mary Hopf, a watercolor artists who held classes in her studio.

Patty had taken a sketching class in college, but that was her only foray into art up until that point.

For a year and a half, she would paint from 7-9pm and drive back up Highway 9 to her home.

Nowadays, children are her favorite subject to paint, she says. They are usually joy and laughter.

Other subjects speak to her via lighting, color or muted image.

"Art is humbling and a creation of such offers, invokes or summons a kaleidoscope of emotions: some haunting or ominous, longing or sadness," Patty says.

Even when a piece is finished, it continues to grow.

"Much like poetry, art is viewed with your heart."

Sharon Helle also discovered her artistic side later in life, though she has always loved art and color, she says.

Sharon has a Master's Degree in Public Administration and Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. She worked in the developmental disability field for many years until her retirement in 2019.

After taking classes at the Toledo Art Museum, she joined the Port Clinton Artists Club, where she learned and explored various mediums.

Sharon is primarily a pastels artist; she loves the vibrant colors, flexibility and how fun it is to work with, she says.

Her style is loose and impressionistic, often enhancing reality and not copying it exactly.

She takes a lot of photos on her travels with her husband and paints the photos from her trips. Scenes from her home along the Portage River as well as her grandchildren also appeal to her.

She also does plein air painting with The Group, a collective of plein air artists that meet and paint in various locations around Ottawa County each week between April and October.

"I like to explore a variety of underpaintings in my work," Sharon says. She incorporates alcohol washes, watercolor or water-soluble oil paint in her works.

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