‘I just want to say thank you’: Woman transforms hospital sidewalks into art

Jaylin Monet’ Stewart, an art teacher in Louisville, Kentucky, has stayed busy since school closed several weeks ago.Her new canvas is concrete.On Saturday, she spent several hours creating a chalk portrait outside Norton Children’s Hospital in downtown Louisville. She wanted to create something encouraging and positive for medical professionals, and said their response has been overwhelming.”They have all been really appreciative, nurses and doctors and patients. They all enjoy watching what I’m doing and seeing the piece come together,” Stewart said.Saturday’s portrait featured a child behind a face mask. It’s the second portrait she’s done on hospital sidewalks. But it was a portrait of a health care worker behind a mask, done outside her West Louisville studio, that initially got her noticed.During one of his daily press conferences, Gov. Andy Beshear mentioned the artwork, calling it “really special” and thanking her.”He personally thanked me. He said, ‘Thank you, Jaylin.’ So I was really happy,” Stewart said.She never imagined a few hours of her time, using the talents she was blessed with, would garner such a positive response. Stewart said she simply wanted to do something medical professionals would see in the moments before starting their shifts.”We don’t see Superman or Spiderman outside trying to fight the coronavirus. We see our health care workers and our essential workers and I just want to say thank you.”

Jaylin Monet’ Stewart, an art teacher in Louisville, Kentucky, has stayed busy since school closed several weeks ago.

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Her new canvas is concrete.

On Saturday, she spent several hours creating a chalk portrait outside Norton Children’s Hospital in downtown Louisville. She wanted to create something encouraging and positive for medical professionals, and said their response has been overwhelming.

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“They have all been really appreciative, nurses and doctors and patients. They all enjoy watching what I’m doing and seeing the piece come together,” Stewart said.

Saturday’s portrait featured a child behind a face mask. It’s the second portrait she’s done on hospital sidewalks. But it was a portrait of a health care worker behind a mask, done outside her West Louisville studio, that initially got her noticed.

During one of his daily press conferences, Gov. Andy Beshear mentioned the artwork, calling it “really special” and thanking her.

“He personally thanked me. He said, ‘Thank you, Jaylin.’ So I was really happy,” Stewart said.

WMTW-TV

She never imagined a few hours of her time, using the talents she was blessed with, would garner such a positive response. Stewart said she simply wanted to do something medical professionals would see in the moments before starting their shifts.

“We don’t see Superman or Spiderman outside trying to fight the coronavirus. We see our health care workers and our essential workers and I just want to say thank you.”