Spring Awakening Art Show
Exhibit Dates: April 7 – April 23, 2018
Opening Reception: April 7 from 2 – 5pm
From April 7 through 23, Grovewood Gallery in Asheville will host Spring Awakening, a pediatric patients’ exhibition to benefit Arts For Life, an Asheville-based nonprofit that provides pediatric patients and their families with arts education and engagement opportunities. An opening reception, sponsored by The Hop Ice Cream Café, will take place on Saturday, April 7 from 2-5pm and feature live music by the Haw Creek Sweet Hots, refreshments, and craft activities for kids. Admission is free.
Spring Awakening is curated by Annie Rogers, Program Director, and Anna Long, Program Coordinator at Arts for Life. The exhibit will showcase spring-themed works of art created by pediatric patients in the Arts For Life educational art programs. All artwork will be available for sale, and 100% of proceeds will benefit Arts For Life. Grovewood Gallery will also donate 10% of all regular gallery sales from the exhibition’s opening day.
“We’ve engaged in multiple partnerships with Arts For Life throughout the years,” says Ashley Van Matre, Marketing Manager at Grovewood Gallery. “The work they do in our community is so inspiring. We’re excited to celebrate the creative efforts of their budding young artists and provide them with an opportunity to showcase their art in a public space for everyone to enjoy.”
Every day across North Carolina, Arts For Life’s team of staff members, volunteers, interns, and teaching fellows brighten the lives and healthcare experiences of children and families facing serious illnesses and disabilities. By bringing visual art, music, and creative writing education into hospitals and clinics, they help these children and teens remember that they’re not just patients: they’re artists, musicians, and poets, with a world of possibility at their fingertips.
Arts For Life’s educational art programs decrease patient stress and anxiety, keep patients active and engaged, and help families cope with the realities of illness during the most difficult times of their lives. They turn hospital rooms into artist studios, where children can focus on building a mosaic tile, writing a poem, or crafting a song—not on the pricks, pokes, and treatments they’re about to receive.