The 23rd Annual Art Ability Exhibition and Sale features over 400 works of art by artists from 31 states and six countries in such mediums as jewelry and fine crafts, sculpture, mixed media and photography as well as works on canvas and paper. During the event, 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 musicians added to the creative atmosphere. This year’s featured artist, Maureen Collins of Wilmington, DE, was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome many years ago and has used art as a way to help in her healing process.
“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 Gaby Heit, Art Ability curator. “Art Ability focuses our appreciation on the artists’ astounding creativity and artistic ability rather than their disability.”
For the second year, the event also included a dinner and auction, which was attended by nearly 255 people. Following an inspiring story by patient Lee Lee Jones and her parents, guests generously contributed $85,900 making possible the purchase of a new patient transportation van as well as support for other hospital priorities.
The 12-week exhibition is free and open daily to the public from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm through January 2019. 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. To view and purchase art, please visit bidpal.net/artability18.
In addition to the 12-week annual exhibition, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, a member of Main Line Health, has a permanent collection of over 400 objects 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.
Art Ability is generously supported by the hospital’s Foundation Board, many philanthropic partners and individual donors. This generosity helps to make the annual exhibition possible and provides program support year-round for the many facets of Art Ability. For more information about Art Ability, including group tours, please contact 484.596.5614 or visit mainlinehealth.org/artability.
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.
The Main Line Health system 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 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, the Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Performance Excellence (MAAPE) Excellence Award, and recognition as among the nation’s best employers by Forbes magazine. 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, a member 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 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, Bryn Mawr Rehab provides rehabilitation services at convenient outpatient locations in the western suburbs of Philadelphia. The hospital has also achieved Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest distinction for excellence in nursing care.