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Heartfelt cause: Cardiac patient’s work to be displayed at fundraiser

By Erika Pedroza | Published Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Tickets are still available for the Wise Regional Health Foundation’s “An Evening Under The Stars” wine-tasting and art show fundraiser Friday.

Cost is $55 a ticket or two for $100. Proceeds will be used to purchase ECG monitors for the hospital’s cardiology department.

Hearty Fundraising

HEARTY FUNDRAISING – The Wise Regional Health Foundation’s wine-tasting and art show fundraiser includes the work of local artists, most of them Wise Regional Health System employees and their children, such as Denae Johnson’s “Color of My Heart” painting. Johnson, a registered nurse from Bridgeport, is perioperative educator for WRHS. Submitted photo

The event includes heavy appetizers, a chocolate fountain, live entertainment by Megan Adams and the work of local artists, including a bronze by Dr. Stan Briney of Bowie.

A former radiologist who practiced in the Fort Worth area, Briney took up “a second career” in art when he retired in 1995. For the fundraiser, the self-taught artist crafted a sculpture of a rancher resting his elbow on a fencepost and looking off at his property.

“I visualized a little old man that had a large cattle ranch and to look at him, one would not suspect that he was very wealthy,” Briney said. “In fact, he is the boss man and probably is wealthy.”

The artist believes his “Boss Man” piece might appeal to a broader audience.

“I do a lot of different types of work, both western and wildlife,” Briney said. “I chose this because I thought it would be a little more generalized and appealing to more people. It’s small and not intended to take up much space.”

Several factors drove Briney’s contribution to Wise Regional. A son-in-law is employed there. And from a professional standpoint as a physician, Briney is also impressed by the hospital’s growth. In addition, Briney has an appreciation as a patient.

“I’ve had hypertension for a number of years, even back when I was practicing radiology,” Briney said. “When I retired, I switched to the cardiology group at Wise Regional.”

In January, he had a cardiac pacemaker inserted by Dr. Bruce Gordon.

“He and his staff treated me so nicely, and the hospital staff was so nice when I was a patient,” he said. “I have a great respect for the hospital and the cardiology department. They do a fine job and are very progressive. I’m very pleased with the work they do. So I wanted to try to help them out as a way to show my gratitude.”

A member of the Texas Society of Sculptors and National Sculptors Society, Briney’s work is displayed across the state and country – but not just in galleries. He was commissioned to create a bronze bull for the entry at Bridgeport High School. His work is also on display at the new Bowie High School.

His bronze is one of about a dozen at Friday’s fundraiser show. Each of those displayed pieces will then be sold in a silent auction to generate additional funds for the cardiac program.

The pieces, made mostly by Wise Regional employees and their children, are primarily paintings and bronzes.

For tickets, call Michelle Stone, WRHS foundation director, at 940-626-1384.

GET YOUR TICKETS

Wise Regional Health Foundation
wine-tasting and art show fundraiser
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 21
Wise Regional Health System – East Campus
$55 a ticket or two for $100
Call Michelle Stone at 940-626-1384.

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