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Local Artists Bring Splashes of Hope to Winthrop - Archived
August 3, 2012

Winthrop-University Hospital’s halls are shining brighter, thanks to Splashes of Hope – a nonprofit organization committed to transforming, enriching and facilitating healing through art – which recently installed two hand-painted murals at the Hospital.

As patients and visitors step off the elevator onto Hoag 3 (Winthrop’s ICU), they are greeted by a serene mural depicting a scene of cherry blossom trees, water and bridges. This mural was painted by Catherine Brown, who is also an Advisory Board member at Splashes of Hope, with painter/artist Heather Buggée, Founder and Executive Director of Splashes of Hope. The mural was painted in memory of Marjorie Buddenhagen, Ms. Brown’s mother, in appreciation for the wonderful team of physicians who cared for her at Winthrop. It depicts Marjorie’s favorite things, including watching the cherry blossoms, sparrows, her dog and her grandson. The mural was sponsored by Catherine and Russ Brown and their friends and family.

“The ‘window view’ of this painting is meant to open up the walls of the hospital to provide patients and families with a peaceful view at what can be a very difficult time,” said Ms. Brown.

Artist Diana Fogarty, Advisory Board Member at Splashes of Hope, painted another mural that now hangs in Winthrop’s Hoag 3 Family Waiting Room. The mural, in memory of Diana’s father, John Fogarty, depicts John on the beach with his family.

“This mural is my way of creating the world’s largest thank you card in appreciation to the exceptional care my father received at Winthrop,” Ms. Fogarty said.

“We are sincerely grateful to Splashes of Hope for bringing these murals to our Hospital,” said John F. Collins, President and CEO of Winthrop. “They have already begun to bring comfort and hope to our patients and their family members.”

Splashes of Hope has brought murals and other artistic projects to medical and social service facilities across the globe, and has plans to create more murals for Winthrop. For more information about Splashes of Hope, visit

Contact: Carolann Martines
Associate Writer
(516) 663-2234

Pictured in front of the mural painted in memory of Marjorie Buddenhagen (l.-r.) are John P. Broder, Vice President of External Affairs & Development at Winthrop; Heather Buggée, Executive Director, Painter/Artist, Splashes of Hope; Diana Fogarty, Painter/Artist; Brian Yudewitz, President, Splashes of Hope; and John F. Collins, President & CEO, Winthrop.

Pictured in front of the mural painted in memory of John Fogarty with Mr. Fogarty’s daughter Diana Fogarty, Painter/Artist (second from left) are (from left) her sister Katie Saxton; mother Diana Fogarty; sister Maureen Rivera and John F. Collins, President & CEO, Winthrop-University Hospital.