Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital Art Ability Program Featured at Pennsylvania State Capitol

Friday, October 15, 2010

Exhibit on Display in East Wing Rotunda through October 29

Malvern, PA – For the third consecutive year, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital and its Art Ability program will be featured in the rotunda at the Pennsylvania State Capitol Building in Harrisburg. In conjunction with National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the Pennsylvania Governor’s Cabinet and Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities and the Pennsylvania Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (PARF) invited the Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital Art Ability Program to take part in the exhibit. The exhibit is on display in the Pennsylvania Capitol East Wing Rotunda from October 4 through October 29.

The Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital Art Ability Program is one of three programs invited to take part in the exhibit Perspectives: An Exhibition of Artists with Disabilities. The annual exhibit honors individuals from throughout the state who use creative art to overcome disabilities. Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital selected the works of Elizabeth Core and Roger Weiss for this year’s exhibition. Ms. Core was the 2008 Art Ability featured artist. Her paintings are about color and its ability to “create an essence of spirituality.” Her work is highly textural with layers of lines and impressions that suggest organic and mystical images. A resident of Philadelphia, she is pursing her masters in education and a Pennsylvania teaching certificate at St. Joseph’s University. Mr. Weiss suffers from macular degeneration and is virtually blind. He adopted photography as a hobby and learned to photograph images and develop his own film. He specializes in black and white photography and chooses subjects from the urban and rural landscapes in his immediate locale. He was honored in 2010 as the commencement speaker at the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s “Form in Art” program.

Heather Zoumas-Lubeski, Director of Community Outreach and Special Events at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, explains that Art Ability is unique with several levels of participation, including the annual international juried exhibit and sale, satellite exhibits, corporate acquisition and artist demonstration components. Now in its 15th year, Art Ability uses the visual arts to expand and enhance the lives of individuals with disabilities. “Art Ability provides a showcase and a marketplace for talented artists, while educating the community about the remarkable capabilities of people with a wide variety of disabilities ranging from traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, stroke, and other neurological injuries and disorders,” she said.

About Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital

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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