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ArtsWestchester and Memorial Sloan Kettering Westchester Launch Second Exhibition in Healing Arts Partnership

An Opening Reception will take place on Tues. April 18 from 6-7:30pm.


White Plains, N.Y. (April 4, 2017)—
Continuing a unique arts and business partnership, ArtsWestchester opened its second exhibition at Memorial Sloan Kettering Westchester that is on view through August 2017. Different Textures features artworks by five Westchester and Connecticut artists and is displayed in two waiting areas of the facility. The exhibition of 12 works opens to the public at a reception on Tuesday, April 18. To attend the opening reception, guests should RSVP to Kim McKoy at 914.428.4220.

In the Chemo Sub-Waiting Room on the Concourse Level, four artists create an inviting atmosphere with a range of media including cut paper, watercolor, traditional oil paint, and wooden sculpture. Mary Janacek’s (Fairfield, CT) sweeping and iridescent dreamscapes create a calm and serene setting for patients. The artist, who was recently in and out of hospitals with her daughter, said her pieces in the exhibition “promote healing by offering something that is visually soothing, and quietly up-lifting.” Cindi Mullins (Ridgefield, CT) and Heidi Lewis Coleman (Stamford, CT) offer inspiration respectively with vividly colored florals and abstractions, reminding the viewer that spring is near. Joseph Dermody (Stamford, CT) displays a triptych delicately woven with wood to resemble a neatly packaged present for all visitors.

In the Lower Concourse Reception Area, Ellen Brief’s (Goldens Bridge, NY) set of four pristine botanic works on paper compliment a blooming garden view in the adjacent window.

Different Textures strives to break monotony for patients who consistently visit the facility for months or years at a time. Nancy Diamond, administrator at MSK Westchester, said that the rotating exhibitions becomes a focal point that allow patients to “escape their medical concerns, even just for a few moments.”

“MSK Westchester is so fortunate to be able to work with ArtsWestchester in bringing the talent of local, community, artists into our beautiful facility to enhance and bring a new dimension into our patient care experience,” Diamond said. “Through the creative artwork of our neighbors, our patients and staff can enjoy and contemplate the imagination, vision, or interpretation of the world as seen through an artist’s eye.  It’s a beautiful form of medicine that even our renowned physicians can’t offer.”

Memorial Sloan Kettering Westchester is located at 500 Westchester Ave, West Harrison, NY 10604. The exhibition is located in the Chemo Sub Waiting area on the Concourse level and in the Reception Area on the Lower Concourse. To attend the opening reception, guests should RSVP to Kim McKoy at 914.428.4220.