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Kick-off to Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital's 22nd Annual Art Ability a success

Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital November 10, 2017 News Releases

(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.

About Main Line Health

Founded in 1985,Main Line Health is a not-for-profit health system serving portions of Philadelphia and its western suburbs. Main Line Health’s commitment—to deliver advanced medicine to treat and cure disease while also playing an important role in prevention and disease management as well as training physicians and other health care providers—reflects our intent to keep our community and ourselves well ahead. A team of more than 10,000 employees and 2,000 physicians care for patients throughout the Main Line Health system.

At Main Line Health’s core are four of the region’s most respected acute care hospitals—Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital—as well as one of the nation’s recognized facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital.

Main Line Health also includes Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery; Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice, which includes skilled home health care, hospice and home infusion services; Main Line Health Centers, primary and specialty care, lab and radiology, and other outpatient services located in Broomall, Collegeville, Concordville, Exton, King of Prussia and Newtown Square; Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a biomedical research organization; and Main Line HealthCare,one of the region’s largest multispecialty physician networks.

Main Line Health is the recipient of numerous awards for quality care and service, including System Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest distinction for nursing excellence and the Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Performance Excellence (MAAPE) Excellence Award. Main Line Health is committed to creating an environment of diversity, respect and inclusion and has proudly embraced the American Hospital Association’s #123forEquity Pledge to Act to eliminate disparities in care. We are dedicated to advancing patient-centered care, education and research to help our community stay healthy.

About Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital

Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, part of Main Line Health, is a leader in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation. The 148-bed, not-for-profit hospital offers the full continuum of rehabilitation services, including acute inpatient care, as well as outpatient services for adults and adolescents. The hospital received Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest distinction for excellence in nursing care, and is accredited by the Joint Commission; is designated as a NICHE facility and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital treats patients with traumatic and non-traumatic brain injury, stroke and other neurological disorders, traumatic and non-traumatic spinal cord injury, amputations, and orthopaedic injuries. Bryn Mawr Rehab Outpatient Network treats individuals with a wide range of conditions and injuries from brain injury, spinal cord injury and Parkinson’s disease to concussions, pelvic floor disorders and lymphedema. Our outpatient rehabilitation services are conveniently located throughout the western suburbs of Philadelphia.