For Immediate Release: July 3, 2013
As AtlantiCare expands its services offered in Cape May County with the opening of a new $18.1 million, 21,540 square foot facility in the AtlantiCare Health Park, Cape May Court House Campus, it continues its commitment to creating a healing atmosphere. Through its Healing Arts Program, AtlantiCare allocates one percent of all new building costs to the purchase of art to promote a calm and healing environment for patients, families, physicians and staff.
AtlantiCare’s Cape May Court House location, already home to the AtlantiCare Surgery Center, Cape May Court House and Atlantic Medical Imaging, now includes an extension of the AtlantiCare Cancer Care Institute, a Fox Chase Cancer Center Partner, which began seeing patients June 24, as well as AtlantiCare Physician Group Primary Care Plus and Specialty Care offices, the Rothman Institute Orthopaedics offices, and physician time-share space.
More than 90 pieces by 35 New Jersey and Pennsylvania artists – including from Cape May County – are featured in the hallways, patient and treatment rooms, and reception areas throughout the facility. The artwork focuses on healing through nature: the ocean, beach, and marine life are subjects in most of the works, and many pieces depict specific Cape May County landscapes or landmarks.
Caption: Sea Vista (left), by Steve Kuzma, and September Morning, by Julie Smith, add to the healing atmosphere in the Infusion Bay at the AtlantiCare Cancer Care Institute, Cape May Court House
Of Land and Sea, a ceramic tile mosaic by Diane Emerson, of Medford, NJ, was specially commissioned for the Cancer Care Institute. Emerson, who spent 30 years as an art educator before pursuing art full-time, created the mosaic using tiles similar to those in her Nature’s Renewal – the signature piece she created for the lobby of the AtlantiCare Cancer Care Institute in Egg Harbor Township in 2009. Much of Emerson’s art stems directly from nature: she uses seed pods, leaves and flowers from her garden to make impressions in clay, and cites nature’s ability to “enrich our lives with its determination to grow, bloom and propagate.” She is influenced, too, by the ocean, finding inspiration and healing in the constant change and renewal of water and sand.
Caption: Of Land and Sea, by Diane Emerson, welcomes visitors at the entrance to the Cape May Court House Cancer Care Center.
Lisa Crugnola, of Villas, learned about the call for artwork through the Cape May County Art League and was enthusiastic to be part of a project that promotes healing. “Painting is a healing process for me,” she said, adding she hopes her artwork will encourage viewers to look forward to a future of health in which they can travel and explore local history. Her series The Streets of Cape May, from which her five watercolors The Mainstay, Cape May; Stockton Row, Cape May; The Abbey, Cape May; Christmas on Columbia, Cape May; and The Washington Inn, Cape May, highlight historic architecture from the area. “These paintings depict a real place from a place in time,” she said. They convey Crugnola’s experience of biking down streets in historic Cape May.
Caption: The Abbey, Cape May, by Lisa Crugnola.
Carol King Hood, of Cape May Point, submitted acrylic paintings Summer Breeze, Fall Silence, and Lilly Lake, and oil painting Peony Garden. The series was largely influenced by a friend’s battle with cancer, she said: painting for AtlantiCare’s Cancer Care Institute was a spiritual, emotional, and very physical experience. An artist by profession, King Hood usually works with oils. Working with acrylic for these pieces, she discarded her brush to paint with her fingertips, and the paintings seemed to take over. “It was a beautiful experience,” she stated, adding “I am so honored to be part of this project.” King Hood said she hopes her audience will find the same peace in viewing her paintings as she did in creating them.
Caption: Summer Breeze, by Carol King Hood.
Nancy Yarnell Von Halle, of Avalon, encourages viewers to “Slow down, observe, to look at the details of nature.” Her watercolor paintings Orange Open Zinnia and Day Lily are full of color and contemplation; her art, she said, espouses “healing, nurturing, and joy” and inspires her audience to “open up to the power of nature.” A graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, Yarnell Von Halle has made her living as a professional artist, publishing illustrations for New York Magazine and American Greetings. Now retired, she spends time painting: art is an endless learning experience, she said, and one she hopes to share with patients and visitors to the Cape May Court House campus.
Caption: Open Orange Zinnia, by Nancy Yarnell Von Halle.
Caption: Open Orange Zinnia, by Nancy Yarnell Von Halle, in linnear accelerator vault at AtlantiCare Cancer Care Institute Cape May Court House Campus.
Rob McHugh, of Newtown, PA, submitted Icon, a photograph of the national historic landmark Cape May water tower. “My family vacationed in Cape May more than 50 years ago, and it’s one of my earliest childhood memories,” McHugh said. “The tower conveys power and strength, but for me also evokes comfort and security. It’s timeless, a familiar face." McHugh learned about AtlantiCare’s call for artwork through the Cape May County Art League, of which he is a member. Contributing artwork to the campus, he hopes to help make the experience of being in a medical care facility less stressful for patients, and to contribute to a culturally enriching environment for AtlantiCare’s physicians and staff.
Additional artists and works include:
Cynthia Back, of Lansdowne, PA, submitted reduction linocuts Filter, Bay Waters, Passage #1, Passage #2, New Jersey Landscape #7 and Drops in the Ocean.
Robert Baum, of Mays Landing, submitted oil paintings Cape May Point, Beach Dunes, and Down Jersey.
Caz Boyd, of Linwood, originally submitted photography Joan’s Whisper for the AtlantiCare Cancer Care Institute, a Fox Chase Cancer Center Partner in Egg Harbor Township. It now moves to the Cape May Court House site.
Lisa Budd, of West Creek, submitted watercolor paintings Cape May Cove, Quiet Reflections, and Family Dynamics.
Jean Burdick, of Yardley, PA, submitted acrylic painting Surface Shifts.
Donna Connor, of Hammonton, submitted photography Back Bay Spring and Water’s Edge.
Joseph Evangelista, of Del Haven, submitted photography Lighthouse in the Snow, Path to the Lighthouse, and Red Sunset at the Cape May Lighthouse.
Judy Gilden, of Marlboro, submitted water color painting Goodbye Jonathan.
Bill Horin, of Linwood, submitted photography Sunrise.
Lucy Graves McVicker, of Princeton, submitted watercolors Cattails and Peacock Grasses.
Holly Horner, of Egg Harbor Township, submitted photography Come Along for a Bike Ride, Waving Rainbows, Path to the Beach, and Beach Umbrellas.
Jeanne Jablonski, of Williamstown, submitted acrylic paintings Garden1 and Grass.
Judith Jarvis, of Chadds Ford, PA, submitted oil painting White Poppies.
Harry Keyser, of Avalon, submitted photography Winter Entrance and Snow Geese.
Caption: Snow Geese, by Harry Keyser.
Wanda Kline, of Ocean City, submitted Orange Haze, Skyland Gold, Skyland Blue Green 2, and Skyland Fuchsia.
Steve Kuzma, of Ventnor, mixed media prints Sea Vista, Moon over Sea, and Sunset on the Wetlands.
Phyllis London, of Egg Harbor Township, submitted watercolors The Path Home, The Clammer, Sea Garden Walk, Waiting, Joyful Day at E. Point Light, and AJ Meerwald Clear Day.
Deborah Mix, of Wenonah, submitted photography Full Moon, Great White Egret, Sandpiper, and Majestic Cape May Victorians.
Caption: Great White Egret, by Deborah Mix, hangs in reception, waiting are of AtlantiCare's Cancer Care Institute, Cape May Court House.
Dan Myers, of Somers Point, submitted photography Meeting on the Jetty, Cape May, Seaside Retreat, and Toll Taker’s Sunset.
Donna Payton, of Millstone Township, submitted collages Moonscape and Branches.
Caption: Moonscape, by Donna Payton.
Caption: Branches, by Donna Payton.
Linda Ramsay, of Wenonah, submitted oil paintings Pathway to the Bay, Striped Tents, Cape May, 9th St. Beach Entrance, Ready for Cruising, Three Tents, Cape May and Moving Clouds.
Susan Hanna Rau, of Ocean View, submitted watercolor paintings Beach House #1 and Surf Fishing.
Matt Schrier, of Holland, PA, submitted photography Ready for my Walk.
Thomas Singleton, of Cape May Point, submitted photography Woodland Water and Grassy Sound Homes.
Liron Sissman, of Park Ridge, submitted oil paintings Magic Hour and Magic Hour II.
Julie Smith, of Atco, submitted watercolors September Morning and The Sentinel.
Daniel Sroka, of Morristown, submitted photography Balance, Focus, and Offering.
Ken Stetz, of Neptune, submitted watercolors Bayman, Heading Home, and Inlet Reflections.
Florence Weisz, of South Orange, submitted a collage entitled Spectrum Slice Series.
Liz Wuillermin, of Folsom, submitted photography Tribal Sun Dance on Cedar Water and Ripple Effect of Synchronicity.
AtlantiCare has made a commitment to dedicate one percent of all new building costs to integrating the arts into the care environment, in response to surveys that show the arts contribute to the healing process. Through AtlantiCare’s Healing Arts Program, donors have the opportunity to sponsor art as a new option for contributing to the AtlantiCare Foundation, which raises funds for ARMC programs and services.
For more information about AtlantiCare’s Healing Arts Program, including opportunities for sponsoring art, or for information about the AtlantiCare Health Park, Cape May County Campus, or other AtlantiCare programs and services, visit www.atlanticare.org, call the AtlantiCare Access Center at 1-888-569-1000 or find AtlantiCare on Facebook at www.facebook.com/atlanticare.
AtlantiCare 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 5,461 employees and 600 physicians serve the community in more than 60 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.
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