15th Annual Event To Be Held Saturday, November 6, 2010
Malvern, PA – The 15th annual Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital Art Ability Exhibit and Sale will kick off on Saturday, November 6, with the Patrons Preview Reception. The reception is open to benefactors and art enthusiasts and it affords donors the opportunity to preview the exhibit and sale. Information on how to become a patron and to purchase tickets for the Patrons Preview Reception can be obtained from Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital at 484-596-6071.
The Art Ability Program includes the upcoming exhibition and sale of art and fine crafts by artists with physical, cognitive, hearing and visual disabilities. Art Ability is a unique program developed by Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital to increase public awareness of the competency of individuals with disabilities and to encourage others to reach beyond their own limitations. Now in its 15th year, the exhibition features more than 400 artistic works, including paintings, sculpture, photography, pastels, jewelry, stained and mosaic glass, metalwork and more. Art Ability work will be on display throughout the corridors of Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital at 414 Paoli Pike, Malvern, from November 6, 2010 through January 16, 2011, seven days a week, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Beginning November 7, the Art Ability Exhibit and Sale will be free to the public.
The tremendously talented artists participating in this year’s event represent 32 states and five countries, including more than 50 artists from the Delaware Valley. Many artists will be in attendance at the Patrons Preview Reception.
Funds are raised through the sale of artwork, with 80 percent of the proceeds returned directly to the artists, and 20 percent earmarked to support Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital’s nationally-recognized rehabilitation programs. Registered guests attending the Patrons Preview Reception have the opportunity to make purchases before the exhibition officially opens to the public. Since the inception of Art Ability, more than 30,000 people have viewed the annual exhibition, and thousand of works have been purchased.
Heather Zoumas-Lubeski, Director of Community Outreach and Special Events, said, “Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital is proud to showcase the intense dedication and creative work of some truly gifted individuals through Art Ability.” She said that each of the artists who display their work experiences a disability, either physical or cognitive. “For these artists, their creative work is an escape from their disability and a positive expression that they can overcome the challenges and difficulties they face.”
Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, a member of Main Line Health, is a leader in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation. As a 148-bed, not-for-profit hospital, Bryn Mawr Rehab offers the full continuum of rehabilitation services, including acute inpatient care, as well as outpatient services for adults and adolescents. The range of illnesses and injuries treated at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital includes traumatic, mild traumatic and non-traumatic brain injury, stroke and other neurological disorders, spinal cord injury and amputee and orthopedic injuries and illnesses. In addition, the Main Line Health Outpatient Rehab Network provides rehabilitation services at convenient locations in Philadelphia’s western suburbs for patients of all ages. The hospital has also achieved Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest distinction for excellence in nursing care.
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