More than 400 people enjoyed the creative works of 168 artists with physical and cognitive disabilities at the opening reception for Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital’s 19th Annual Art Ability Exhibition and Sale on Saturday, November 1, 2014. Guests mingled with more than 50 of the exhibiting artists and made their purchases before the exhibition opened to the public the next day.
Presenting sponsor, Aramark, provided a savory mix of delicious passed hors d’oeuvres while food stations included treats such as sushi, crab meat quesadillas, Mediterranean tapas and a dessert bar tempted guest with chocolate covered strawberries and baby cheesecakes. A small jazz ensemble added to the festive mood.
Close to 125 pieces of art, jewelry and sculpture sold during the reception. The sale of art and jewelry at the 19th Annual Art Ability Preview Reception ensures that artists will receive more than $32,000 in commissions from opening night. A percentage of the funds raised through the sale of artwork support Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital’s nationally-recognized rehabilitation programs while 80 percent of the sale goes directly to the artist.
This year’s 12-week exhibition and sale features over 450 pieces of art by 168 artists from 28 states and four foreign countries and includes works on paper, sculpture, photography, mixed media, jewelry, metalwork and more. The exhibition and sale will be on display throughout the corridors of Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, at 414 Paoli Pike in Malvern, through January 25, 2015. The exhibition is free and open daily to the public from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Artwork is available for purchase by calling the Art Ability Office at 484.596.5607.
Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital’s Art Ability is a year-round showcase and celebration of art by artists with disabilities. As the country’s largest, international juried exhibition and sale of art and fine crafts created by artists with cognitive, physical, hearing and visual disabilities, Art Ability offers a unique and accessible venue for artists with disabilities to display and sell their work. In addition to supporting Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital’s vision and mission to advocate for those with disabilities in our community, Art Ability provides community outreach and education; a corporate art acquisition program; and a permanent collection at the hospital where art is incorporated into therapy.
Visit our website to learn more about Art Ability.