• Emily Gilman Beezley

Healing Art

In April I was awarded a commission from AtlantiCare Hospital to create two large panels for the Admissions Desk beating out over 500 artist applicants. Getting the phone call telling me that I was selected was such a thrill - my heart was literally pounding and I was over the moon happy! However, I came down to earth fast when I realized the panels had to be delivered by June 30th, just over 2 months away which is not a lot of time to paint in oils which need weeks to dry (I briefly considered acrylics but needed the vibrancy of oils). Plus I was in the midst of moving my studio - thankfully to a larger space! Using my project planning skills and working backwards I established a timeline to which I strictly adhered. I also made room for error and pandemic delays - for example ordering three linen canvas panels in case I needed a backup which proved to be the case when one of the canvas kits I ordered came with a broken stretcher bar.

"Monarch Sunset" is an extremely gratifying project - I hope my paintings lift the spirits of hospital workers, patients and their families. So far the ribbon cutting ceremony is TBD for when it is safe to host gatherings. Hopefully it will happen as one of my favorite things about public art is interacting with people and seeing reactions to my artwork. You can see my process to create "Monarch Sunset" in this 24 second YouTube Video.

"Monarch Sunset"  Oil on Linen Canvas  3'H x 12'W  (Two 3'Hx6'W Panels)

Commission for AtlantiCare Hospital Admissions Desk

(The two panels will be installed facing each other not side by side as seen here)

June 30: Congratulations to Sally H.W. in Tucson AZ who won my limited edition 1K puzzle "Ocean at Night". You can watch the live drawing here on Facebook

June 18 - September 16: "JAM at MAM" Jersey Artist Marketplace at Montclair Art Museum was created to help our artist community, NJ agencies that serve human needs, and MAM. My entries are #356 "New Hope" and #358 "Coastal Sunset"

June 8 - July 31: "2020 Shoreline Arts Festival Virtual Juried Art Exhibit" My entries are "Wind" and "Ocean at Dusk". Thank you to everyone who voted for me!

***People's Choice Award: 3rd Place for "Ocean at Dusk"

June 5 - July 31: "New York State of Mind" InsideSmall curated online exhibition with "Autumn in the Catskills".

With sincere wishes for your health, safety and sanity,


Available artwork at www.emilygilmanbeezley.com

Follow me on Instagram @egilmanart or Facebook @egilbeez

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© 2018 by Emily Gilman Beezley                                                         egilbeez@gmail.com 

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