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disABLEd Artists Display Artwork

  • Published: 2011-09-16 : Author: disABLEd Arts program
  • Synopsis: Art created by participants in the disABLEd Arts program is on display now at Space 39 in downtown Fort Myers.

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disABLEd Artists Display Artwork Downtown - Space 39 features work of Arts in Healthcare Program.

Art created by participants in the disABLEd Arts program is on display now at Space 39 in downtown Fort Myers.

The art is featured in the W'indigos alley gallery on the Hendry Street entrance. Several pieces of art are being featured, including paintings, a multimedia piece, and a hand-painted quilt which showcase the creative skills of physically disabled artists. The disabled Arts program is part of Lee Memorial Health System's Arts in Healthcare Program.

Of special interest is a piece called "Lee's Fear-not Skirt" which is named after a breast cancer survivor named Lee. It is part of an installation entitled "A Wardrobe of Heroic Proportions" which debuted at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa in 2006. The installation is developing over time as each piece is created from an inspirational story such as the one from Lee. The completed installation will include an article of clothing for each day of the week with symbolic portrayal of overcoming catastrophe, warding off fear and drawing on superhero responses.

The artwork is available for sale with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Arts in Healthcare program. For more information about the exhibit or the program, you can email call (239) 343-2633 or email Space 39 at The art display will be featured through the end of September.

Since its inception in 1997, Lee Memorial Health System's Arts in Healthcare Program has offered creative channels to link the expressive arts with the healing arts and promote the well-being of those who are ill and their caregivers. It provides creative activities for patients, families, and staff to assist with the healing process and is available at each of the health system's hospital campuses. Activities include music, dance/movement, creative writing, performance, and more. The program is lead by a nurse-artist and has more than 30 volunteers. The program is supported by Lee Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.

Space 39 is a modern and contemporary art gallery located on the Patio de Leon in downtown Fort Myers that serves adult beverages. The gallery opens a new show each month on the first Friday, featuring locally based artists and others from around the country.

About Lee Memorial Health System - Open since 1916, Lee Memorial Health System is the sixth largest public health system in the United States and the largest community-owned health system in Southwest Florida. With more than 10,000 employees, the system includes four acute care hospitals and two specialty hospitals, as well as outpatient centers, walk-in medical centers and primary care physician offices. An award-winning health care system, it provides regional programs such as the Trauma Center and the Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida, which serve community members from Tampa to Miami. Visit for more information.

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