(Malvern, Pa.) – Main Line Health’s Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital launched its 22nd annual Art Ability Exhibition and Sale with an opening reception on Saturday, November 4. More than 400 people enjoyed the creative works of over 200 artists with physical, cognitive, and visual disabilities. Guests mingled with exhibiting artists and purchased a variety of unique, one-of-a-kind works throughout the evening. An elaborate array of food stations and passed hors d’oeuvres were enjoyed while a jazz ensemble added to the creative atmosphere. New to this year’s event, a dinner and auction followed the opening reception. This was an opportunity for guests to learn more about Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital while enjoying a festive evening with unique auction items. Blake Emerson, keynote speaker and former patient, captivated the group with his inspiring story of triumph over tragedy.
“Art Ability at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital is a year-long program which serves as a showcase for, and celebration of, artists with disabilities,” said Sherman Fleming, Art Ability curator. “Art Ability focuses our appreciation, not on the artists’ disability, but, rather, their astounding artistic abilities.”
The 22nd Annual Art Ability Exhibition and Sale features over 500 artworks by 236 artists from 35 states and five countries in such mediums as jewelry and fine crafts, sculpture, mixed media and photography as well as works on canvas and works on paper. The exhibition is free and open daily to the public from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm through January 2018. All works are for sale. 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.
Art Ability is grateful to have the leadership support of the hospital’s foundation board and many philanthropic partners, including Presenting Sponsor, Construction Services Group; Preview Reception Sponsor, Encore, an emids Company; Dinner Sponsor, Stradley Ronon; Auction Sponsor, Bryn Mawr Rehab Volunteer Association; William Penn Foundation; Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, among many others. The generous support from these philanthropic partners and individual donors, helps to make the annual exhibition possible, as well as provides program support year-round for the many facets of Art Ability. For more information about Art Ability 2017, including group tours, please contact the Art Ability Office at 484.596.5607 or visit mainlinehealth.org/artability.
The Art Ability Exhibition and Sale stands out as a unique forum for artists with disabilities worldwide. Through Art Ability, we offer exhibitions, community outreach and educational programs and a corporate art acquisition program. In addition to the twelve-week annual exhibition, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, a member of Main Line Health, is an actively collecting institution whose permanent collection of over 300 objects is on display throughout the year and often clinicians integrate the artwork into therapy sessions with patients. Art Ability supports Main Line Health’s vision and mission and provides advocacy for artists with disabilities by advancing their artistic and financial success.