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Elkins Park, PA (May 2012) – All About Art at MossRehab, the annual international juried exhibition and sale of art and fine crafts by artists with disabilities, opened on April 30. The show runs until July 1, and is free and open to the public.
MossRehab inaugurated an exhibition showcasing artists with disabilities in 1979. It is believed to be the first show of its kind on the East Coast. This year the exhibition honors Dr. C.R. Sridhara, the clinical director of the MossRehab Diagnostic Laboratories.
A Kids Day is scheduled from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on May 19 during which children will create art while simulating a variety of disabilities, such as painting with a brush held in the mouth or creating art using a non-dominating hand, before touring All About Art.
Deborah Krupp, All About Art chair, was originally inspired by the permanent collection on a visit to MossRehab for her daughter’s wheelchair evaluation. “I then attended the first show and was so uplifted that I knew I must get involved,” she says. “Each year, these works fill the halls of MossRehab with beauty, creativity, and an energy that never fails to inspire patients and staff alike. We are honored to have these talented individuals share with us their unique skills and ways of seeing.”
The Huntingdon Valley resident is proud that All About Art has served as a catalyst for many others in the Philadelphia region and throughout the country. “Our Susan S. Beneman Permanent Collection, on display year-round at the Elkins Park Campus and in MossRehab’s other outpatient sites, features more than 240 works of art including watercolors, oil paintings, sculptures, collages, photographs, prints, pottery, and other mediums. Some of the artists represented were artists before experiencing disability and had to find new ways to continue their art while others found they had artistic talents only after losing other physical abilities.
But whether the artist is one who had a stroke, traumatic brain injury, loss of limb, or disabling illnesses, our selection team chooses the art to be included in each year’s show based on the quality of the work created by professional artists who have refused to let life’s challenges silence their creative voices.,” she concludes.
The exhibition showcases works by 86 artists and fine craft artisans. In addition to local artists, there are exhibitors from throughout the United States, Canada and France. Mediums include oil and watercolor painting, photography, sculpture, jewelry, needlepoint and jewelry. Prices range from $12 to $3,400 (most items are under $1,000), with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the MossRehab Functional Diagnostic Laboratories.
Recognized as a national leader in medical rehabilitation, MossRehab provides high-quality, compassionate medical care for individuals with physical disabilities, and offers a wide range of specialized services, including comprehensive programs for brain and spinal cord injury, stroke, amputation and orthopaedic conditions. MossRehab has two main facilities – MossRehab at Elkins Park at 60 Township Line Road in Elkins Park, PA and MossRehab at 1200 West Tabor Road in Philadelphia. It also operates inpatient units, outpatient sites and various community programs in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. MossRehab is a member of the Einstein Healthcare Network which consists of Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, Belmont Behavioral Health, Einstein Medical Center Elkins Park, Montgomery Hospital Medical Center, Einstein Medical Center Montgomery (slated to open in September 2012), Willowcrest (a center for subacute care), and a number of outpatient and satellite locations. For more information, call 1-800-CALL MOSS or visit www.mossrehab.com.
MossRehab at Einstein at Elkins Park, 60 East Township Line Road, is the site of All About Art. The show runs from April 30 through July 1 when it is free and open to the public daily from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. For more information or to schedule a free group tour, call Julie Hensler-Cullen at 215.663.6100.
All About Art Program Book (PDF)