Art Ability Will Open to the Public at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital

Friday, November 05, 2010

Art work on display through January 16, 2011

(Malvern, Pa.) – The 15th Annual Art Ability Exhibition and Sale at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital in Malvern will open to the public on Sunday, November 7. Art Ability features nearly 400 works by artists with disabilities. Art Ability is unique in that it provides a showcase and a marketplace for talented artists, while educating the community about the remarkable capabilities of people with disabilities. Art Ability was developed to increase public awareness of the competency of individuals with disabilities and to encourage others to reach beyond their own limitations.

The 10-week exhibition is an international juried event that features art and fine crafts by artists with physical and cognitive disabilities, and hearing and visual impairments. This year’s 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 Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital until January 16, 2011, seven days a week; between the hours of 9 and 9 p.m. Admission is free.

The tremendously talented 182 artists participating in this year’s event represent 32 states and 10 countries. Nearly 60 artists from throughout the Delaware Valley and as far away as Florida will be in attendance at the Patrons Preview Reception on Saturday, November 6.

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 on the evening of Saturday, November 6th have the opportunity to make purchases before the exhibition officially opens to the public the following day. Since the inception of Art Ability, more than 25,000 people have viewed the annual Exhibition, and thousands of artistic works have been purchased.

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.

Bridget Therriault
Director, Communications
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Cell: 484.222.9154

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