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‘Cool, Cool Water’ opens at the Phippen

“Swan River Crossing,” by Fred Fellows, is part of the “Cool, Cool Water” exhibit at the Phippen Museum — opening today, March 3. (Courtesy)
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“Swan River Crossing,” by Fred Fellows, is part of the “Cool, Cool Water” exhibit at the Phippen Museum — opening today, March 3. (Courtesy)

Water — whether experienced on skin or through fine art — triggers a calming effect on the mind and body. The Phippen Museum’s “Cool, Cool Water” exhibit opens to the public Saturday, March 3, and continues through July 22, in the Marley Gallery.

The mind-body benefits of water are real, said Edd Kellerman, Phippen marketing and communications, in his press release.

“There’s an evolutionary reason for the attraction we have to crystal blue oceans, lakes, rivers, swimming pools, waterfalls, and even burbling fountains in the park. But the soothing effects aren’t limited to real water sources. Artistic representations of these aquatic wonders have a calming nature, too.”

When early ancestors looked for places to settle, they sought out water resources for survival. But aside from life itself, why is water such a shortcut to happiness?

Justin Feinstein, clinical neuropsychologist at the Laureate Institute for Brain Research in Tulsa, Oklahoma, describes water’s effect in his book, “Blue Mind.”

“It triggers a physiological reset, relaxing the nervous system and allowing you to quiet the noise and worry that life typically brings, creating a mildly meditative state characterized by calm, peacefulness, unity, a sense of general happiness and satisfaction with life in the moment,” Feinstein wrote.

The benefits to health and wellness run deep, and the ripple effects extend to all areas of our life, Kellerman states. “In addition to being nature’s healer, water also washes away stress, makes you more creative and gives you more energy,” he said.

Kellerman invites the public to refresh body and soul at the Phippen Museum by dangling one’s metaphysical feet in the Cool, Cool Water.

Special thanks goes to the Margaret T. Morris Foundation and The Eddie Basha Collection for their vital support in helping make this exceptional exhibition possible.

The Phippen Museum is located at 4701 N. Highway 89. This presentation accompanies the current exhibition, “Portraits of the West,” on display in the James Gallery through Sunday, April 23.

For more information call 928-778-1385, or visit

Information submitted by the Phippen Museum.

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