Qualicum Beach artist’s work at NRGH

Few artists would argue having work displayed in a high-traffic area is usually a good idea, but Nancy Marshall really hit the jackpot.

Nancy Marshall’s figurine entitled Laughter is the Best Medicine  will hang in the new emergency room at NRGH.

Nancy Marshall’s figurine entitled Laughter is the Best Medicine will hang in the new emergency room at NRGH.

QUALICUM BEACH — Few artists would argue having their work displayed in a high-traffic area is usually a good idea, but Nancy Marshall really hit the jackpot.

Marshall, a volunteer firefighter in Qualicum Beach, is also a sculptor who creates evocative and whimsical porcelain figurines. Her work is likely familiar to many residents and visitors to Qualicum Beach, but one of her works is going to get a higher profile when it is displayed at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.

Marshall’s porcelain figurine of a laughing doctor — entitled, Laughter is the Best Medicine — was chosen this week by NRGH to be exhibited in their new emergency department. The 24-inch figurine, which is designed to hang on the wall, was reportedlywarmly received by the Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation staff at the Hospital.