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Tribute to hospital

make you laugh.
Part of it portrays a sleepy nymph spilling the world's elements, brought to life by breath of God. Depicted in artistic tradition as cold north wind, here the deity is embodied as a plump ice cream maker, complete with real scoop.
"This is about not being serious about life," Galust says, surveying the colorful exhibit. "You should find a reason to smile."
Greg is an instructor at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco. His acrylic and gouache paintings blend urban and natural elements with a focus on local sights around San Mateo County.
One piece shows single-prop engines poised on the Half Moon Bay Airport runway. Another is a moody depiction of the Belmont Hills, where father and son life and work together.
The Russian-born artist said they respect the doctors working at the San Mateo Medical Center because many have passed up better paying careers in the private sector in order to treat the poor and medically needy.
In this, the Orduyan say the calling of doctors and artists is the same - to serve humanity.
"This is the duty of people who work here," Galust says, gesturing emphatically. "This is more than work. This is a lifestyle."
The exhibit, which opened Thursday, will be shown through November 14.


OCTORS AT THE San Mateo Medical Center saved the most beautiful thing in

said could have cost her life. He got to know the doctors as they patiently worked to nurture his
Galust Orduyan's
life - his wife. So the Russian-born artist decided to do something beautiful in return.
   wife back to    health. "In four    years [they] just    rebuilt her," Galust    recalls as current    patients shuttle by

As in gesture of their respect for the county hospital and its staff, Galust, 60, and his 33-year0old son Greg, have lined the hallway leading to the intensive care wing with their artwork - bright, humorous tile mosaic and impressionistic landscapes that the two have exhibited around the country.
"It's our payback. We have to somehow express our feeling of those people, they are amazing," Galust    Orduyan says in    his thick Russian    accent. "It's a    magical thing to    say thanks."
Yelena Orduyan was admitted to the county-run hospital in 1997 with a severe thyroid condition that Galust

in wheelchairs.
The Orduyans say their work is meant to bring life and a little humor to the otherwise serious, sterile hospital environment.
"It's a tribute to the medical professionals, to the doctors and medical personnel who became our friends," Greg Orduyan says.
The central piece in the exhibit is an extravagant, ceramic tile mosaic created by Galust, a lighthearted take on an ancient creation myth. Some elements have elaborate symbolic meanings. Others are just there to