Art Ability Exhibit Ends Successful Run With $30,000 in Sales by Artists with Disabilities

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Satellite Exhibits in Wynnewood and Mount Airy Raise Awareness During 11th Annual Show

MALVERN, PA - Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital's 11th Annual Art Ability juried international art show recently ended a successful two-month run at the hospital with approximately $30,000 in sales of arts and crafts by artists with disabilities. This year, 99 artists exhibited 350 works of art ranging from oil paintings to jewelry and craft items and earned more than $7,000 in prize money.

Art Ability partnered this year with Allens Lane Art Center in Mount Airy and hosted satellite exhibits at the Shipley School, Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church and the Newtown Square Public Library. 

With the support of volunteers and sponsors, Art Ability provides a marketplace and showplace for the talents and tenacity of artists with disabilities from throughout the United States, Canada and other foreign countries. In addition to prize money, participating artists receive 80 percent of the purchase price for their artwork, with 20 percent going to Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital in Malvern to support patient services. More than $1 million has been raised for the hospital by this annual event over the last 11 years.

"The talents of these artists completely transcend any and all limitations," says Donna Phillips, president of Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital. "Art Ability communicates a powerful message regarding the exceptional competencies of people with disabilities, and encourages every one of us to reach beyond our own personal obstacles."

In addition to a grant for the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Ability also received support from the Morgan Stanley Foundation, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and VSA Arts, which is a nonprofit organization that provides educational opportunities for children and adults with disabilities. Corporate sponsors included Aramark, Genesis ElderCare, Nason Construction Inc., Pepper Hamilton LLP, Saul Ewing LLP and TransCare ML.  For more information about the annual event and plans for next year's show, please contact the Art Ability office at 484-596-5607.

Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, which is affiliated with Main Line Health, is a pioneer and leader in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation. The 148-bed hospital offers the full continuum of rehabilitation services, including acute inpatient care as well as day treatment and outpatient programs for both adults and adolescents. 

The wide range of illnesses and injuries treated at the hospital includes brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, chronic pain, and orthopedic injuries. In addition, the Bryn Mawr Rehab Outpatient Network provides rehabilitation services at seven locations in Philadelphia's western suburbs, serving patients of all ages. 

Published: 4-26-2007

Cynthia Atwood
Public Relations Coordinator


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