The new patient tower on the Summa Health System — Akron Campus designed by Hasenstab Architects features 90 unique pieces of art by 53 artists, all with Northeast Ohio ties. I’m honored that my work “Ninety One Kites” is part of this collection. From the Summa website: “Summa Health promotes a healthcare environment that surrounds and connects patients, visitors and staff with the healing powers of the arts.”
My Husband Bruce Baumwoll created this wonderful video featuring my art and the many places it has gone to. My art is always about healing as making each work assists my mind and body with my challenges of coping with pain and mobility and this video expresses that beautifully. With access to all of my images, he curated a range of my work in different periods. The images go by fast; quick impressions building on each other. The speed and music captures the energy he sees in my art. In a way, it’s a love letter to me in video form. We’ve been together over 38 years now and I could not have created this work without his love and devotion.
Here’s what Bruce wrote about the video:
I hope you enjoy this extraordinary experience of the art of Andrew Reach, who happens to be my husband for almost 39 years now. No matter how many times while editing it, I have watched his images, it continually takes me away from self into a world of color, shape and wonder. For those of you who are just seeing the work of Andrew Reach for the first time, he was an architect and because of a rare debilitating spine disease, became disabled and reinvented himself as an artist.
I want to share the following quote by Andrew’s late uncle James Grossman. It was written for us as a comment on Amazon when Andrew had a 2012 Calendar “Circles”.
“The very existence of this art required the intersection of time, circumstance and events beyond normal understanding. Add the needed advances in personal technology, previous education, an overwhelming medical disability, the determination of one young man to fight and create, and the love of another determined to help, that is the story of these works. And with all that, the art still overwhelms the story. Full disclosure requires stating that Andrew and Bruce are my Nephews, and that I love them.”
I invite you to see Bruce’s other videos on youtube and his blog on an eclectic range of his interests.
Thanks to a generous donation, I’m honored that my artwork engages the environment of the new Angie Fowler Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Institute at UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland. The design by Stanley Beamon & Sears is very innovative as is all of their work especially in healthcare. Instead of a large centrally located nurses station that many times is far from the patients they serve, smaller nurses stations, designed as alcoves are placed directly adjacent to patients. It is at one of these nurses stations that my artwork is placed. For this location, Tom Huck, curator of the art collection at University Hospitals, selected artworks from different artists to present to the donors. From this group, they chose “There’s No Place To Hide”.
From University Hospitals Website:
Angie Fowler Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Institute: Bringing Treatment and Discovery to New Heights
“We believe the institute will become a magnet, attracting top clinicians and researchers. This will be a leading adolescent and young adult (AYA) treatment facility in the U.S. It will attract the attention of top caregivers, physicians and researchers who will be empowered by the common goal of better outcomes and greater cure rates for AYA cancer patients. Angie’s Institute will fill the very real need of helping young patients in treatment feel normal while they are fighting their illnesses.”
– Char and Chuck Fowler
Charlotte A. and Charles D. Fowler, and their daughters and sons-in-law, Chann Fowler-Spellman and Edward F. Spellman and Holley Fowler Martens and Robert F. Martens, made the Angie Fowler Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Institute at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital a reality through their $17 million gift. This is the largest known gift in support of adolescent and young adult, or AYA, cancer.The institute is named in memory of the Fowlers’ daughter, Angie, who died at age 14 after battling melanoma. While there have been many advancements in cancer care for adults and children, the survival rate for young adults and teenagers with cancer has seen little improvement over the past three decades. Although tragedy struck the Fowler family, they decided to create something positive from their loss.
CAN Journal Fall 2016 Cover with detail of “There’s No Place To Hide”. Feature article in the Journal was about Trudy Wiesenberger and the UH Hospitals Art Collection.
This is the text on the wall label:
The work ‘There’s No Place to Hide’ features one of my whimsies hidden in a grid of circles and undulating sweeps of color. My whimsies are creatures of my imagination, free of pain and unencumbered from gravity and able to move through the world without constriction. If you look at the work you might find the whimsy below.