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For Immediate Release: June 28, 2017
AtlantiCare’s newest facility in its Manahawkin Health Park takes patients, staff, and visitors Up and Away, for a Dance on the Ocean Floor, and to A Place Called Heaven. It invites them to experience Harmony and Hope; Spring Sailing, and The End of Summer. And it takes them down the Route 72 Causeway in Stafford Township to remember an iconic shack.
The new building, a 60,000-square-foot facility located at 517 Route 72 West, features more than 90 pieces of artwork from 41 artists. The artwork is funded through AtlantiCare’s Healing Arts Program as part of AtlantiCare’s commitment to including regional art in its facilities to create a peaceful, healing environment for patients, visitors and staff.
The theme of the artwork is “healing through nature.” It includes two-dimensional and three-dimensional original pieces and prints. Oil, acrylic, and watercolor paintings; gicleé prints; mixed media art; photography; mosaics; ceramics; fabric art; collages; and sculptures are some of the many different art forms.
Commissioned, signature artwork includes:
Bird’s Eye View, by Teri Fiore, of Jersey City, NJ, is a mixed media triptych that hangs inside the entrance to the facility. The piece’s three panels are each six feet high by four feet wide. Fiore also submitted mixed media piece August Ocean.
Birds in Flight, by Jose Chora, of Egg Harbor Township, NJ, is an extensive and intricate two-story high, aluminum kinetic hanging sculpture. It comprises 35 metal birds that are suspended from the baffle ceiling over the Main Street section of the building, just above Fiore’s Bird’s Eye View. Chora’s flamingo-pink, chartreuse and aqua birds have a wingspan of four feet. He says this creates “multidimensional shadows and movement” as if the aluminum birds are truly flying.
Cedar Dock Run Road, photography by Janet Greco, of Pennsauken, NJ, depicts a view from the road in Stafford Township. The nine-feet-high by 50-feet-wide photograph hangs on a curved wall across from a social gathering space outside physician office suites. Greco also submitted photography Meanderings.
Currents, by Judy Leone, of Egg Harbor Township, NJ, is a series of five three-foot by eight-foot panels of ceramic, glass, and steel. The piece, that hangs in the building’s “Welcome” area, depicts coral and sea life and represents the ocean’s currents and tides. “I wanted this piece to display the restorative cycles of nature and the life-giving properties of the ocean, which can often bring a calming feeling to the viewer,” says Leone. Leone’s other signature works featured in the facility are Buoys, a mosaic, and White Tiles, a ceramic piece, which hangs on the main wall of the Cardiovascular suite.
Dance of the Ocean Floor, by Ellen Hanauer, of Livingston, NJ, weaves underwater life elements to life in deep hues. The textile work in two four-foot by 11-foot pieces hangs in the main social gathering area.
Dragonfly Spirals, by Diane Emerson, of Medford, NJ, is a ceramic tile piece that hangs outside the Primary Care suite entrance.
End of Summer, by Les Tyler, of Atco, NJ, is a photograph of sandals hung on beach fencing. It hangs in the Cardiology/Cardiovascular suite. Tyler also submitted photography New Day, Miss Beach Haven, The Old Shack, and The Dune.
Harmony, by Susan Morrison, of Brigantine, NJ, hangs over a gas fireplace in the Main Street section of the building. The pyrography of an oar features a mermaid, sea turtle, sea star, and an octopus.
Radiant Repose, by Lisa Palombo, of Caldwell, NJ, is a canvas painting of water lilies that incorporates soothing purples, blues, and greens. “I wanted to create something beautiful for the AtlantiCare Manahawkin Health Park that would allow the viewer to feel both uplifted and calm. Water lilies and florals are true passions of mine, and I am always inspired by the natural beauty around me,” says Palombo.
The Blink of an Eye, by Terri Amig, of Cape May Court House, NJ, is an acrylic painting on five 15-inch by 66-inch birch panels. She describes the work as, “linking the night sky, the sea, and sacred geometry. Looking at the stars and the sea can give us great comfort and inspire awe, no matter our circumstance.”
Tides, by James Perry, of Princeton, NJ, is a mahogany sculpture that hangs in the facility’s Community Room.
Additional artists and artwork include:
The Shack, by Andrea Sauchelli, of Manahawkin, NJ, is an oil painting of the iconic shack that was a landmark to travelers of the Route 72 causeway for decades. Sauchelli is among the artists who depicted the shack in artwork hanging in AtlantiCare’s facility. Sauchelli’s other oil paintings Peaceful Blues and Spring Sailing feature different shades of blue and green to evoke calmness and serenity. “I’ve sat for many hours in waiting rooms with the heavy weight of worry and fear on my shoulders. Artwork in hospitals and institutions can whisk away a worried and troubled soul and give someone a calm mental state for a bit of time. I am hoping my paintings can bring a moment of peace to others,” says Sauchelli.
Cathleen Engelsen, of Surf City, NJ, created acrylic paintings featuring New Jersey’s rich history. Engelsen’s piece Shack – Happy Days, commemorates the entrance landmark to Long Beach Island. “This breathtaking scene always spurred an instant relaxing moment to those who traveled to the island,” says Engelsen. I hope my artwork can do the same for those who visit the Health Park.” Engelsen also produced Barnegat Bay Sneakboxes, inspired by the small boats used for hunting and sailing in Barnegat Bay.
G. Scott Kern, of Moorestown, NJ, submitted five photographs heavily influenced by the beach and by peaceful landscape scenes. Catch a Wave is a black-and-white shot of two surfers climbing over the dunes with their surfboards in Long Beach Island. Kern says he hopes the photograph recalls for viewers fond memories of the shore. “My pieces are intended to give viewers memories of happy times,” says Kern. “I always look for any kind of ray of hope or positive story to tell that others may be able to relate to.” Kern also submitted First Light, LBI Museum, Marsh Morning and Sea Grass Sunrise.
Linda Ramsay, of High Bar Harbor, NJ, relies on nature and local community icons as inspiration for her paintings. Ramsay produced two pieces, Red Guard Stand and Beach Twins, depicting iconic and familiar places on Long Beach Island. Locals will easily recognize the bright red lifeguard stand, or scenes of beachgoers, beach cruisers, and the ocean. Her other paintings, Clammer, Clamming off Bonnet Island, and Blackie’s Clam Shack, were inspired by a local tradition of clamming and by a well-known place to purchase fresh clams.
Cynthia Back, of Lansdowne, PA, submitted mixed media pieces Afternoon Light I and Afternoon Light II.
Mike Bell, of Northfield, NJ, submitted acrylic on canvas prints Sandcastle, Late Afternoon Sun, and First Day of Summer.
Joanne Smith Bodnar, of Whitehouse Station, NJ, submitted watercolor prints Butterflies & Orbs 1 and Butterflies & Orbs 2.
Lori Bonanni, of Surf City, NJ, submitted original oil on canvas Up and Away.
Caz Boyd, of Linwood, NJ, submitted mixed media prints White Blossom III, Floral 4, and The Sky Through the Leaves.
Lisa Budd, of West Creek, NJ, submitted watercolor painting Sunset Glow and mixed media piece Spring Poppies III.
Ann Coen, of Surf City, NJ, submitted photographs Summer Moon and Pinkwave.
Jill DeFelice, of Tuckerton, NJ, submitted paintings Poppies on the Loose and Star Bright.
NJ DeVico, of Titusville, NJ, submitted oil pastel pieces Purple on Pads and Flappers.
Peg Dittmar, of Cape May Court House, NJ, submitted Mom & Baby Barred Owls.
Joseph Evangelista, of Del Haven, NJ, submitted photographs Sunset Path and Foggy Beach.
Judi Gilden, of Marlboro, NJ, submitted watercolor paintings At Barnegat Light, Pink Serenade, and Garden with Peonies.
Claire Han, of Yardley, PA, submitted acrylic painting Hope.
Suzi Hoffman, of Manahawkin, NJ, submitted mixed media prints Spring, Polly’s Dock, and Sun off the Yardarm.
Maria Payer, of Pilesgrove, NJ, submitted watercolor paintings and prints Buoys will be Buoys, Ecotone, The Maurice Beckons, and Yacht Club.
Joseph Perno, of Moorestown, NJ, submitted photographs Barnegat Light Sunset, Old Barney Dawn, and Supermoon in Barnegat Light.
Connie Pinkowksi, of Barnegat Light, NJ, submitted photographs A Place Called Heaven and Tree of Life.
Dora Rotondella, of Dumont, NJ, submitted photographs Barnegat Light and Venice Jetty.
Nancy Schmidt, of Sicklerville, NJ, submitted mixed media prints Catamaran Race, Beached Catamaran, Beach Boardwalk, Walking the Dog, Sandpipers, and Marsh Egret.
Stephen Schneiderman, of Mays Landing, NJ, submitted photographs Hunting, Clammer’s Day Off, Pilings & Gull, and The Queen.
Eric Setzer, of Manahawkin, NJ, submitted photographs Long Walk and Murry’s Morning.
Ken Stetz, of Neptune, NJ, submitted paintings Morning Breakers and LBI NJ.
Patricia Worley, of Medford Lakes, NJ, submitted photographs The Dune and A Silver Flash Minnows.
Liz Wuillermin, of Folsom, NJ, submitted photographs Floral Bloom Series #46 and Floral Bloom Series #47.
Nancy Yarnall von Halle, of Avalon, NJ, submitted painting prints Jersey Shells and Ocean Shells.
For more information about the AtlantiCare Health Park Manahawkin, view this video, visit www.manahawkinhealthpark.org, or call 609-597-3010. For information about other AtlantiCare programs, or to find a provider, call the AtlantiCare Access Center 1-888-569-1000, visit www.atlanticare.org or find AtlantiCare on Facebook at www.facebook.com/atlanticare.
For more information about the AtlantiCare’s Healing Arts, visit http://www.atlanticare.org/healingarts/.
AtlantiCare, a member of Geisinger Health System, is an integrated system of services designed to help people achieve optimal health. It includes AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, AtlantiCare Health Engagement, the AtlantiCare Foundation, and AtlantiCare Health Services. Its more than 5,500 employees and more than 900 physicians serve the community in nearly 90 locations. A 2009 Malcolm Baldrige Award winner, AtlantiCare was also included in Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare in 2010. ARMC became the 105th hospital in the nation to attain status as a Magnet™ designated hospital in March of 2004 and was redesignated a Magnet™ hospital in 2008 and 2013.