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HRRMC exhibits Thomas Franke's "Timekeepers"

Salida, Colo.-"Timekeepers," an exhibit of finely crafted contemporary and rustic clocks by Salida artist Thomas Franke, is on display at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center through June 30. wooden clock

Born and raised in Milwaukee, Franke became interested in furniture as a design student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He began his career primarily as a furniture craftsman but as the years passed he spent more time designing on the computer for large furniture manufacturers and less as a hands-on craftsman. His furniture designs have sold in more than 70 countries worldwide.

In recent years, Franke has returned to his roots as a designer and craftsman. "There is nothing more rewarding to me, than taking a concept from the initial spark to completion with your own hands," said Franke. "I currently focus mainly on Timekeepers and contemporary chairs, as these items seem to allow the right combination of function and artistic freedom."

All works in the hospital exhibit are for sale, and 25 percent of the proceeds are donated to the HRRMC Foundation.

HRRMC is hosting four art exhibits this year, as part of its mission to create a healing environment. The hospital displays the work of regional artists, with an emphasis on the Arkansas Valley. For more information on exhibiting art at HRRMC, call (719) 530-2217.