Renowned artist Max Hayslette to leave collection to Martha & Mary

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When anyone chooses to leave a portion of his or her estate to an organization outside of family, it is always a signal of great respect and admiration for the work of that organization.

“Martha & Mary is a jewel in our Kitsap community and I am excited at this opportunity to contribute not just to a fine care center but also to give back to a community that I have lived in for more than 50 years.” said Max Hayslette.

Martha & Mary is honored to announce that renowned artist Max Hayslette, who has called Kitsap home for decades, has offered a abequest of art that will include all unsold originals from The Northwest Collection and exclusive reproduction rights on all pieces in that body of work.

For those with even a passing knowledge of the art world, Max Hayslette is a familiar name. His paintings are on display in more than 300 private, corporate, and public collections, from the Rockefeller Foundation and Stanford University, to the U.S. Department of State and the Ford Motor Corporation—as well as the Bainbridge Museum of Art.

Born in West Virginia in 1929 , Mr. Hayslette moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1962 and has lived and worked in Kitsap County for more than 40 years, in a studio nestled in the woods. Much of his work is inspired by the outdoors, and his travels around the world. Recently, Hayslette has turned to the landscapes and iconic landmarks of the Pacific Northwest, especially Kitsap County, as the subject of his paintings. Known as “The Northwest Collection,” these works feature rugged coast lines, harbors, mountains, forests, and other scenes familiar to those who dwell in this region.

Mr. Hayslette has had a long relationship with Martha & Mary, providing art over the years, out of his regard for the organization’s mission. In deciding to donate originals from The Northwest Collection to Martha & Mary, and reproduction rights for all those works, Max will leave a tangible legacy for his adopted home. Hayslette’s work, including some of The Northwest Collection, is on display at Almost Candid Photo, Frame, and Fine Arts in Kingston. Owner Johnny Walker was instrumental in working with Max to develop this gift to Martha & Mary.

“Considering my many long and close relationships in the Puget Sound, I feel honored to provide for a Northwest Collection at Martha & Mary that compliments my archive collection at West Virginia University,” Hayslette said. “That my art can also support Martha & Mary’s work in art therapy is a very rewarding opportunity to help others long after I am gone.”

For Martha & Mary, this gift represents a new direction in relation to its mission in the community, offering a potential new stream of income, certainly, but more importantly as a prestigious complement to the art therapy program, and the art classes for the young and old.

CEO Chad Solvie offered this perspective, “This gift is more than a vote of confidence in what we do here at Martha & Mary. It is a visible and generous demonstration of our commitment to surpass expectations of stereotypical nursing homes in our society. It is one more piece of evidence that what we are doing is, indeed, the right thing.”

Martha & Mary is based in Poulsbo, and serves citizens from Gig Harbor to Jefferson County, and throughout Kitsap with offices and campuses in 16 locations. Started more than 120 years ago, Martha & Mary has become synonymous with caring and professional support—childcare, early learning, and school-age programs; in-home and geriatric care management; senior independent and assisted living; and its rehab and skilled nursing care.

For more information, please contact:
Mary Berglind, Director of Communication and Outreach

The RockFish Group
Kelle Kitchel-Cooper, Director of Development

(360) 930-9892

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