BENNINGTON >> Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), in partnership with the Susan Sebastian Foundation, is seeking entries from Vermont artists for a juried exhibit of more than 100 pieces. The exhibit, called "The Healing Power of Art," is scheduled for June 11 at Southern Vermont Arts Center. From it, more than 50 pieces of art will be selected to adorn patient rooms. The remaining art will be offered to the public for sale.

SVHC invites Vermont artists to participate by completing an online submission of their work for consideration at Pieces that are soothing and optimistic and those that take the viewer into the outdoors will be most likely to be accepted for the exhibit. The submission deadline is Monday, May 23. Artists will be notified of their acceptance by May 30, at which point they will send or deliver work to the Southern Vermont Arts Center.

The art selected for SVHC will be purchased through the generosity of the Susan Sebastian Foundation. The foundation was created in honor of a patient of Vermont hospitals, Susan Sebastian. She endured a long illness while looking at the bare walls of hospital rooms. It was her wish that every hospital room in Vermont be hung with gentle, inspiring art by Vermont artists. Since her death in 2009, her mother Elise Braun has worked to fulfill her daughter's wish.