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Local art studio wins national award

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013 | Posted by

One of Amri Studio’s works is a LED-lit donor wall at the Children’s Hospital in Boston. (Courtesy of Amri Studio)

By MELODY KARPINSKI / Santa Rosa Correspondent

Santa Rosa’s Amri Studio won a national health care award last month for the custom artwork they created for hospitals and medical schools around the country.

The art studio specializes in custom crystal “donor recognition” murals, which honor major health care facility donors. Amri Studio received the Nightingale Award, which is more traditionally given to companies who create products that improve patient health care.

“Typically these awards are won by companies that invent things like compact wall-mounted nurses stations and antimicrobial drawer pulls,” said studio founder Christina Amri. “For a firm that creates something as apparently ‘impractical’ as art to win a Nightingale is entirely new.”

The Nightingale Awards are sponsored by the Center for Health Design, the Healthcare Design Conference and Contract magazine.

Amri Studio, formerly Wallach Glass Studio, began in 1978 and has created murals for a wide variety of clients including the Columbus Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Chicago’s Prentice Women’s Hospital and the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla.

Currently, the studio is working on projects with St. Joseph Hospital in Denver, Virginia’s Inova Health System and the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula. The new Sutter Medical Center also recently chose Amri to create a donor recognition wall for their new facility being built off of the 101 freeway.

“Put colloquially, we are in the gratitude business,” said Margot Forrest, a marketing consultant for the studio. “What we create for our clients are one-of-a-kind art glass Donor Walls that express heartfelt gratitude, showcase the institution’s heritage and values, as well as provide inspiration and a moment of beauty for all passersby.”

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Ann Hutchinson is our Santa Rosa correspondent.
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