Art with a Heart for a good cause
Art makes people happy, so it’s not surprising that participating in the creative arts also improves health according to research done by the National Institute of Health. Viewing art produced by others can also have positive effects on the brain that can be seen on MRIs. But sometimes art helps people in a more concrete way by raising money.
Addison Art Gallery in Orleans has an upcoming exhibit, Art with a Heart, which will feature art that celebrates Valentine’s Day and benefits Cape Cod Hospital. Gallery owner Helen Addison said the benefit and subject matter felt like a perfect combination to her.
“It just seems natural to associate the holiday of hearts with our Cape Cod Hospital,” she said. “Cape Cod Hospital is here when we need it, and the hospital needs the support of the community.”
The exhibit will feature over 20 new paintings created by artists living both on Cape and off. Some of the paintings, like Sharon McGauley’s lovely Hearts, are directly inspired by the holiday. Other artists take liberty with the theme in fascinating ways. Paul Schulenburg’s still life White Bowl with Pears reflects a heart-healthy lifestyle.
Other paintings feature a love of place with scenes of winter in New England in the form of antique homes, snow-covered streets and cozy interiors. Featured artists include Robert Abele, Paul Baldassini, David Burns, Maryalice Eizenberg, Steve Kennedy, Marc Kundmann, Jonathan McPhillips, John Murphy, Susan Overstreet, and Cleber Stecei. You can click on the links to see a sample of each artist’s work.
There will be an opening reception from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, February 13. A signature cocktail, wine and healthy nibbles will be served.
“There will be about eight artists here looking forward to seeing art lovers, answering questions, explaining their techniques and inspirations, and helping to support the hospital,” Addison said.
Art with a Heart is only one of the unique collaborations Addison Art Gallery has formed with the community. Addison is very active in supporting various local groups.
“This winter we held a benefit for Lower Cape Outreach and the Orleans Improvement Association,” she said. “On February 6, we’ll be doing an event for the Orleans Historical Society, and then Art with Heart which I know a lot of people in Orleans and beyond are eagerly anticipating.”
Most of the events are done with partnerships with local business such as Land Ho!, Nauset Farms, Main Street Wine & Gourmet, Local Scoop, Truro Vineyards, Truro Library, Wellfleet Library and the Eastham Library.
“One of our most important partners for the summer is the Cape Cod National Seashore,” Addison said. “We will celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service with art events throughout the Seashore and at the Addison Art Gallery.
“As a business owner, I’m grateful for having great business partners enthusiastic about working with Addison Art Gallery to support so many non-profits that serve our Cape community. I’m grateful for these worthy organizations and grateful for all of the art collectors that make it possible for us to do what we do.”
[Featured Image: Sharon McGauley’s, Hearts]
Mary DeBartolo and Peter Kelly, owners of Cape Cod Pops, will also be at the “Art with Heart” reception, selling pops and giving 50% of the proceeds to Cape Cod Hospital. Additionally, Tad Price will be playing guitar. This is sure to be great fun!