Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital’s Art Ability Preview Event Nets More Than $325,000

The Art Ability gallery during this year’s Preview Event in early November.

Main Line Health’s Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital launched its 24th Annual Art Ability Exhibition and Sale with a Preview Event, where more than 500 attendees enjoyed the creative works of 185 artists with physical, cognitive, and visual disabilities.

The 24th Annual Art Ability Exhibition and Sale features more than 450 works of art by artists from 31 states and three 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. This year’s featured artist, Carol Spiker of Wilmington, was paralyzed as a result of a serious car accident, but considers herself one of the lucky ones, and art has become a driving force in her life, a focus that has sharpened even more after her accident.

Carol Spiker, this year’s featured artist, and her husband Bill, who is also an exhibiting artist.

“Art provides therapy in so many ways,” said Gaby Heit, Art Ability curator. “Our exhibiting artists find therapy in their studio practice, and the art gallery experience at Bryn Mawr Rehab is very uplifting and therapeutic for our patients. With the diversity and number of artwork on display, it is quite an impressive collection.”

The program supports Main Line Health’s mission and vision and provides advocacy for artists with disabilities by advancing their artistic and financial success.

Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital patient and honored guest Alexandria Warner, right, with her parents Sue and Darrell.

For the third year, the event also included a dinner and auction, which was attended by 300 guests. Following an inspiring story by patient Alexandria Warner and her mother, Sue Levy Giles, guests generously contributed $122,850 in support of two specialized pieces of therapy equipment.

The 12-week exhibition is free and open daily to the public from 9 AM-5 PM through January 2020. All works are for sale, and a percentage of the funds raised through the sale of artwork supports Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital’s nationally recognized rehabilitation programs, while 80 percent of the sale goes directly to the artist. Click here to view and purchase art.

In addition to the 12-week annual exhibition, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital has a permanent collection of more than 400 pieces of artwork on display throughout the year.

“Every day, our clinicians incorporate Art Ability into their treatment plans, challenging and inspiring our patients to stretch beyond their limitations and achieve their goals,” said Donna Phillips, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital’s president. “I am so very proud of this program, what is has achieved, and what the future holds.”

For more information about Art Ability, including group tours, please contact 484-596-5614 or click here.

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