About Erin McGee Ferrell

Erin McGee Ferrell studied oil painting at Mount Holyoke College, Pennsylvania Academy of Art, University of the Arts Philadelphia, and The University of Louisville, KY. Collectors include TD Ameritrade, AtlantiCare New Jersey, Jones Lang LaSalle Americas, INC. Philadelphia, The Episcopal Diocese of Boston, the CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, professional hockey player Kimmo Timonen, and America’s Cup Winner- Robert James Gale.
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Retro Photoshop Adventures. Artist Virtually Painting Around the World.

Retro Photoshop Adventures. Artist Virtually Painting Around the World.

Retro Photoshop Adventures. Artist Virtually Painting Around the World. American Artist, Plein Air Painter, Erin McGee Ferrell uses digital play to travel from Maine winter all over. www.ArtistAMERICAN.com

Artist in Chemotherapy Room. New England Cancer Specialists Maine

Artist in Chemotherapy Room. New England Cancer Specialists Maine

Artist in Chemotherapy Room. New England Cancer Specialists Maine. Contemporary Maine Painter and Citizen Scientist, Erin McGee Ferrell, with Maine Arts Commission authors project bringing patients LIVE art to health treatments. www.ArtistAMERICAN.com, Artist Craftman’s Supply, National Organization for Arts in Health.

Weeks One and Two

Artist in Chemotherapy Room. New England Cancer Specialists Maine

 

For Immediate Release (February 7, 2018). 

written by Oliver Payne.

Media Contact:                                               

Victoria Foley, NECS Director of Marketing. foleyv@newecs.org

New England Cancer Specialists Hosts Working Artist

at Kennebunk Location Through Maine Arts Commission Grant

Scarborough, ME – New England Cancer Specialists (NECS), the region’s largest medical oncology group, is hosting professional painter, Erin McGee Ferrell (ArtistAMERICAN.com) at its Kennebunk location each Wednesday afternoon for eight weeks through March 21, 2018. The project, which is funded by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission and Artist and Craftsmen Supply, is designed to assess the impact on medical facility patients and staff of an artist working in their midst.

After her first session, on January 24th, Ferrell reported, “Among the nine people I surveyed today, the majority said that watching me paint was a positive distraction from receiving the chemo treatments.”

“We are excited to bring this project to NECS for the benefit of our patients, staff and community,” said Steve D’Amato, Executive Director of NECS. “Our patients and their loved ones are going through a lot when they walk through our doors, so we try to do whatever we can to make their days brighter and a little less stressful. Ms. Ferrell’s work appears to do just that, based on her first session.”

“I have often placed big paintings on medical walls to distract patients from pain,” Ferrell notes, “but this project is more about the response to my working in the space than the paintings themselves. I am surveying anyone who happens to be in the infusion area of NECS Kennebunk and is willing to participate—patients and their supporters, employees, and others—and am comparing the results with my long experience painting in public on the streets.” Ferrell has received guidance on the project from her research partner, social psychologist Betsy Parks-Stamm, PhD, and two board members of The National Organization for Arts in Health (theNoah.net).

Ferrell’s residency is part of a pilot project designed to look at active verses passive visual art in the Health Care Environment. Traditionally, people think of art playing a passive role on the walls of hospitals and in therapy programs. More recently, active visual artists have been shown to alter environments in a way that improves the patient experience, decreases anxiety and fosters community-building. Ferrell’s goal is to further research and document more opportunities for collaboration between the arts and healthcare.

For more information about the live artist project or NECS, please contact Victoria Foley, NECS Director of Marketing at foleyv@newecs.org or 207-303-3225.

ABOUT THE PARTICIPANTS IN THIS PROJECT:

New England Cancer Specialists (NECS) is an independent medical oncology group with nearly half of Maine’s board-certified medical oncologists on the team. The physicians at NECS are nationally recognized for their expertise and experience, and they participate in more clinical trials than any other practice in Maine. NECS providers are often the first to offer leading-edge protocols and drug treatments based on the latest research. By partnering with physicians across the state and with many Boston hospitals, they aim to further increase the availability of and access to these novel cancer therapeutics and programmatic advancements. For more information, visit http://www.newenglandcancerspecialists.org/.

Erin McGee Ferrell has been a professional artist for 25 years. A two-time cancer survivor based in Falmouth, Maine, she often works in public places where onlookers collaborate in her creative process. Among her many works are large 2-D mixed media installations for corporate and healthcare facilities, and urban architectural oil paintings from the streets of Portland, ME and Philadelphia, PA. Represented in Maine by the Venn and Maker Gallery of Portland, she is nationally recognized and collected by numerous institutions and individuals. For more information, visit http://www.artistamerican.com/.

The Maine Arts Commission is an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Artist and Craftsmen Supply is a Portland retailer of art materials and supplies.

Artist and Craftsman Portland

 

Erin’s FAVORITE Quotes and initial observations from the first two weeks of the project:

“I got more accomplished today than just housework (and Chemo), I signed my name on a painting.” Patient.  (Week Two)

1. What Patients seemed to really enjoy was watching nurses, social workers, patients and their patient supports who all said, “I can’t paint,” pick up a brush and join the project. So much laughter! The remarkable thing was that the patients who were actively undergoing Chemo were encouraging all the people trying to paint. Lots of, “give it a try! You can do it! You have nothing to lose! It looks great!” The ones who needs the most support were offering it to those around themselves!

2. Sharing stories: While the cluster of patients, staff ect was gathered people were talking and sharing stories.

“Yes, I served in the army in Korea too.”
“I itch sometimes after also.”
“Oh you know Greg from that little store in….., we went to school together.”
“My daughter knows her….”
“Happy Birthday!!!”

3. Patients across the room who weren’t participating actively seemed to be affected. A patient supports wife across the room receiving Chemo was enjoying that her husband who usually walked around bored was actively painting. We brought the painting over to show her the parts that he painted. Other patients could hear the laughter, conversation, cheering, and they commented that it “uplifted to usual somber environment.”

4. I think the best role I can play is to provide a subject (such as vase of fresh tulips), introduce myself, create a large drawing with sumi ink stick (Bold, good composition), and then get others to paint in the colors. I guide the participants to explore wetting the paper and dripping ink and brushes of watercolor (wet in Wet) to wonder at the organic and uncontrolled spreading of colors into each other.

I’m encouraging exploring and play. Let’s see what happens when we drip in this color. What’s the contrasting color to blue to make this vase “pop.” There are no mistakes..we can fix what we don’t want to be there later. The drips can add beauty.

My army patient observed that all the drips coming from my sumi ink sketch reminded him of a spring rain.

5. Patients wanted to fill out surveys and sign there names to the painting. They all signed themselves except for one patient who couldn’t use his hands and the social worker signed for him with a balloon next to his name because it was his birthday that day.

6. Patients rescheduled their chemo the following times to when I would be coming next.

7. Robin Colby, the head nurse told me that the patients stayed beyond their Chemo time to finish watching the painting.

8. The painting was completed by me adding a layer of micro sharpie lines to adhere the piece. When I had finished I asked the patient near me if she thought it was completed. She asked me to add an additional tulip in a blank space and then asked me to paint it pink. I did both, she then added her name.

Erin McGee Ferrell

 

The Episcopal Church & Visual Arts. Art Call for 2018 Convention

The Episcopal Church & Visual Arts. Art Call for 2018 Convention

Erin McGee Ferrell joins the 2018 Board of the Episcopal Church & Visual Arts

“The Holy Spirit speaks many languages including the language of art in all its forms.“ With these words 18 years ago, Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold gave voice to the principle that seeded ECVA, forming an action committee around the belief that God is present in the work of the artist and the work of the artist is a visible expression of the work of God in the world around us. Today, Bob, Erin, Jerry, Deborah and Mel are that action committee.” Mel Ahlborn, Interim President and Founding Member

Episcopal Church and Visual Arts (ECVA) is a community of artists and individuals who share an appreciation of how art can influence our spiritual well-being and widen our spiritual expressions. Our roots are in the Episcopal Church, and our branches reach up and out. As a community, ECVA explores the visual arts and the ways in which they can be used within our churches, our ministries, and as part of our worship. Rev. Bob Tate

From the ECVA Website:

ECVA is pleased to announce its next exhibition, “The Jesus Movement: Loving, Liberating and Life-giving.” The exhibition will present artworks conveying the theme of the 2018 General Convention of the Episcopal Church and will be digitally displayed at ECVA.org. ECVA members Frank and Victoria Logue will curate.

Curators’ Statement
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry refers to our church as the Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement, making clear that we Episcopalians are part of the larger work of what God is doing in our world. An Episcopal Task Force on Social Media created a Tweet length definition of Episcopal evangelism: “We seek, name and celebrate Jesus’ loving presence in everyone’s stories – then invite people to MORE.”

The Good News of Jesus is not self-centered, but directed outward. Bishop Curry wrote in Following the Way of Jesus that God came in the person of Jesus to show us how to be reconciled to one another and all creation, so that we might move from the nightmare our world has become to reflect God’s dream: “None left out. None shut out as enemies. None broken and tossed aside. All of us beloved. All of us reconciled.”

Visual artists seek, name, and celebrate God’s Loving, Liberating and Life-giving presence in ways that invite the viewer to a deeper engagement with the movement of the Holy Spirit. Artists work beyond the limits of language to inspire, provoke, and challenge us to see our world anew. In every age, artists have used their vision to deepen our understanding of God. This vital contribution to the church has offered those outside the faith a way to experience the Jesus Movement and share the Good News without words.

In our increasingly fragmented world, the Gospel of Jesus continues to be the Good News for which society hungers without knowing what will satisfy the longing. Artists have a singular way to draw those who hunger closer to the Bread of Life. From the icon of Christ Pantocrator at the base of Mount Sinai to Dali’s depictions of the crucifixion, artists have offered a unique lens through which to see God’s dream. This exhibition seeks to share afresh the Loving, Liberating and Life-giving Gospel in which all are connected to their creator and none are left out.
– Frank and Victoria Logue, Curators

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Thomas Moser Furniture Gallery Art Show: Maine Visions of Place.

Thomas Moser Furniture Gallery Art Show: Maine Visions of Place.

Thomas Moser Furniture Gallery Art Show: Maine Visions of Place. American Contemporary Oil Painter, Erin McGee Ferrell, works selected. Thirty of Maine’s finest artists. Freeport location. McGee Ferrell’s Urban Architectural Views of Portland chosen in this superb pairing of art and furniture. www.ArtistAMERICAN.com

VISIONS OF PLACE: 30 CONTEMPORARY MAINE ARTISTS
Thos. Moser presents more than 140 paintings, prints, drawings and wood assemblages by contemporary artists from Maine. The works will include landscapes, seascapes, still life and more ranging in style from representational and abstract to non-representational art. The exhibit will showcase 30 artists, and will be on display through April.
Please join us for the Opening Reception on Thursday, January 18, 2018.

Curator: Laurie Perzley

(For the past 16 years, Laurie B. Perzley has curated numerous art exhibitions each year and has represented over 100 established Maine artists. She has been the Fine Art Director and Curator at the Thos. Moser Gallery in Freeport, Maine, and her curatorial efforts and talents through the years have established it as a leading art venue in Maine. She has also worked as a docent for the Portland Museum of Art.)

WHEN
Opening Reception with Artists
Thursday, January 18, 2018
6:00 – 8:00 pm

149 Main Street
Freeport, ME 04032
207.865.4519
freeportshowroom@thosmoser.com

Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Erin McGee Ferrell. (Above featured)

View from Shore. Oil on Hand Stretched Canvas.

Portland Cruise Ship Terminal. Oil on Hand Stretched Canvas.

Aerial View of Portland. Oil on canvas 2017

Artist Tom Curry and Erin McGee Ferrell in front of Tom’s Painting.

Artist and her daughter.

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“I am a fearless and passionate explorer of materials, seeking to alter environments and evoke transformation.”
Petri Dish Series, has evolved over four years of mixed media exploration; micro biotic inspired paintings of land, sea, flora, and human cells. Classically trained as an oil painter, Erin McGee Ferrell, continues to build upon twenty-five years of her profession as a residential and corporate artist. Always having maintained an interest in the merging of science and art, Erin incorporates her Maine surroundings literally into the layers of her contemporary works.
Petri Dish Series: Bio luminescent Ocean is interactive with florescent compounds altering the textures and compositions of the surface at night. This summer the artist will complete a project from “Maine to the Amazon” in Ecuador.
“Life shows us a level of complexity and beauty in science that isn’t often translated to visual expression through the arts.” Erin McGee Ferrell
Erin is a recipient of a Maine Arts Commission Grant 2017, “Art and Chemotherapy,” that will be presented at the National Organization of Arts in Health 2018. Austin, Texas Annual Convention.
Nationally recognized, McGee Ferrell’s paintings are collected by Private and Commercial institutions, including TD Ameritrade, AtlantiCare New Jersey, Jones Lang LaSalle Americas, INC. Philadelphia, The Episcopal Diocese of Boston, the CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, professional hockey player Kimmo Timonen, and America’s Cup Winner- Robert James Gale. Her Maine Oil paintings can be purchased through Venn and Maker Gallery, Portland, Maine. Her work has been highlighted at the Arnot Museum, NY and The Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art, WI. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and University of the Arts Philadelphia. McGee Ferrell has also studied at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, University of Louisville in Italy, School for International Training in Nigeria, and Maine College of Art.

Pears. Winter Oil Paintings Maine Studio. Erin McGee Ferrell

Pears. Winter Oil Paintings Maine Studio. Erin McGee Ferrell

Pears. Winter Oil Paintings Maine Studio. Erin McGee Ferrell. Contemporary American Artist creates quiet and contemplative renderings. Falmouth Art Studio. ArtistAMERICAN.com

Erin McGee Ferrell

Pears. 4 x 12 inches.

Oil on canvas

2017

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“I am a fearless and passionate explorer of materials, seeking to alter environments and evoke transformation.”  “I place big paintings on medical walls to distract patients from pain.” Erin McGee Ferrell creates large 2-D mixed media installations for Corporate and HealthCare Interior Spaces. She creates large Urban Architectural Oil Paintings on the streets of Portland, Maine and Philadelphia, PA. McGee Ferrell creates art in public places where onlookers collaborate with the artist in the creative process and outcome.  Nationally recognized, McGee Ferrell’s paintings are collected by Private and Commercial institutions, including TD Ameritrade, AtlantiCare New Jersey, Jones Lang LaSalle Americas, INC. Philadelphia, The Episcopal Diocese of Boston, the CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, professional hockey player Kimmo Timonen, and America’s Cup Winner- Robert James Gale. Her Maine Oil paintings can be purchased through Venn and Maker Gallery, Portland, Maine. Her work has been highlighted at the Arnot Museum, NY and The Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art, WI.  She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and University of the Arts Philadelphia.  McGee Ferrell has also studied at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, University of Louisville in Italy, School for International Training in Nigeria, and Maine College of Art.