Camelita sees her artwork hanging in the halls of Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital and beams with joy. The 11-year-old has been drawing as long as she can remember.
Now her work is on display as part of a collaboration between the hospital and her school, Perkins Elementary — Center for the Arts and International Studies. Each year since 1993 student art from Perkins has gone into the display.
This year, Camelita is in that group. She calls her drawing Be Creative, “Because I just thought, I want to be creative,” she says.
On this day, she shares her art with a special friend from the hospital — Derek Hess, M.D., an ophthalmologist who corrected a muscle issue in Camelita’s eye in 2013.
“I’m so proud of you,” Hess says, visiting with Camelita and her dad, Tristan. “This is fantastic that you’re able to do that kind of work.”
Tristan remembers the first time Camelita came to the hospital as a patient. “She was scared,” he says. “When she saw children’s artwork on display, it helped her a lot. She loves art!”
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