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December 1, 2010
Seal Beach, CA 90740

St. Joseph Health System and nature photographer, John Dankha, collaborate to bring art installation to Orange County hospital

John Dankha believes art enhances the healthcare environment. "I've always looked to nature for its ability to heal the mind and rejuvenate the body." This belief becomes more apparent as Dankha evokes time spent in the cancer center with his own mother. "Art became a special part of our time together," he recalls. "The art at the hospice provided us a diversion from anxiety and it inspired hope." His hope was that his own art could serve as a positive influence during the trying times of others.

As wishes will sometime have it, Dankha found a like-minded ally in Mr. Joseph Randolph, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for St. Joseph Health System. "We have been excited to collaborate with John on selecting a print that lends itself to our vision to provide healthcare for the whole person-body, mind and spirit." The Orange County hospital is one of 25 healthcare ministries within the St. Joseph Health System.

Dankha's photography is not just decoration. Rather it offers a sense of comfort in the midst of unfamiliar surroundings and a window to the world outside. This made choosing the print for the values-based Catholic healthcare provider easy. Church in the Badlands reflects Dankha's own acknowledgement of finding a safe haven as a traveler in unfamiliar territory. The nature photographer and self-described adventurer encountered the church after finding himself lost during one of his many road trips. After miles of wandering stark landscape, he recounts catching site of the sturdy white cross perched high atop a steeple in the distance. The November 30 unveiling was well attended by management of St. Joseph Health Systems. The print can be seen in the main lobby adjacent to the Reflection Room at St. Joseph Hospital, located at 1100 W. Stewart Drive, Orange, CA 92868. It stands to validate what researchers have long endorsed-that art enhances healing-for the patient and their caregivers. Dankha hopes to continue the dream of placing his prints in public places that promote healing and create a culturally enriched environment.


Photo (L-R): John Dankha, Photographer & Owner - The Dankha Gallery; Mr. Joseph Randolph, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, St. Joseph Health System

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April 22, 2010
Seal Beach, CA 90740

IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Orange Coast Patient Care Pavilion celebrates multi-piece installation by nature photographer John Dankha

John Dankha, recalling days spent in the cancer center with his own mother, often found comfort in the art collection housed in the healthcare facility. "Art became an important part of our time together," remembers Dankha. "The corridors were lined with art pieces. It provided us a pleasant diversion and helped to elevate our spirits." His wish was that his own art could have a positive influence during the trying times of others.

As luck would have it, Dankha found the perfect backdrop to his nature photography with the Orange Coast Patient Care Pavilion. The Care Pavilion, a recent expansion of the Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and new home of the Memorial Care Cancer Center, opened its doors in November 2009. Recognizing the value of art in public places from his personal experience, the fine art photographer and owner of the Dankha Gallery gifted several prints to the hospital. In doing so, Dankha and Orange Coast Memorial validated what researchers have long since believed-that art enhances healing-for the patient and their caregivers.

Dankha was recognized in a public event held on Tuesday, April 20 at the Care Pavilion. Marcia Manker, Orange Coast Memorial's chief executive officer, Cheryl Jacob, vice president of operations, Paul Stimson, Director of the Orange Coast Memorial Foundation; and Sarah Mitchell, Marketing & Communications Manager were on-hand to acknowledge the installation.

Manker, a long-time supporter of the arts, commented, "We are extremely delighted to accept this generous installation of outstanding photography by Mr. Dankha." Orange Coast Memorial is an advocate for the integration of the arts into the healthcare environment. In keeping with the hospital's close ties to the community, one large format print strikingly renders the Long Beach skyline. The others capture the essence of locale with the piers at Seal Beach and Huntington Beach.

Dankha's prints can be seen on the second floor of the Orange Coast Patient Care Pavilion, located at 18111 Brookhurst Street, Fountain Valley, CA.

The Dankha Gallery, a respected and integral part of the Seal Beach business community since 2008, specializes in large format art photography. It is housed in the iconic Rexall Building located at 141 Main Street, Seal Beach, CA. For more information, visit http://www.dankha.com


Photo (L-R): John Dankha, Photographer & Owner - The Dankha Gallery; Cheryl Jacob, VP of Operations, Orange Coast Memorial; Paul Stimson, Director of Orange Coast Memorial Foundation.



Media Contact:

The Dankha Gallery
141 Main Street
P 562.342.3012
Marketing@dankha.com
http://www.dankha.com




January 25, 2010
Seal Beach, CA 90740


John Dankha, fine art nature photographer, will host a celebration of Valentine's Day on Sunday, February 14.

Guests are invited to share the ambience of the newly renovated Danka Gallery and the introduction of John's large format prints.


"Over the past year, the Gallery has evolved with new ideas and fresh landscapes. I'm looking forward to sharing an afternoon of fine food, fine wine, and fine art with my clients, friends, and Seal Beach business associates."




The announcement, featuring one of John's exceptional prints, Acadia at Sunrise, captures the sentiment of romance and sets the mood for the 2:00pm 'By Invitation Only' event.

The Dankha Gallery is located at 141 Main Street in Seal Beach CA.
 
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