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

 

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.

www.ArtistAmerican.com
“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.

Wausau Museum of Art creates dialogue between High Schools and National Artists

Wausau Museum of Art creates dialogue between High Schools and National Artists.

Wausau Museum of Art creates dialogue between High Schools and National Artists. Contemporary American Painter, Erin McGee Ferrell, in Maine connects with Wisconsin High School student. New Museum partnering with schools to foster Interviews across America with working professional artists. . ArtistAMERICAN.com

Wausau Museum of Art creates dialogue between High Schools and National Artists

Letter from Tyler in Wisconsin:

Dear Erin McGee Ferrell:
As an art student at Prentice High School, I am researching an artist from whose work inspired me while we were on an Art Museum Field Trip. I saw your piece “Petri Dish Series” at the Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art and the amount of detail in your painting really caught my eye.

Wausau Museum of Art creates dialogue between High Schools and National Artists

I would love to have the opportunity to find out more information about you, if you would please answer the following interview questions to help me learn more about the field, more about how you got involved in this career and the day-to-day activities of a painter.

Where are you from?
Where were you born?
Are there other artists in your area?
What got you interested in this type of art?
Did you always enjoy art?
Were your teachers and family supportive of becoming an artist?
Who influenced you?
What is your favorite medium to use, even if it’s not what you normally use?
What museums do you have your art in?
How do you find places to display/sell your art?
Can you support yourself by making and selling art or do you have a second job?
What does your art look like to you?
Where do your ideas come from and how do you carry them out?

Thank you very much for your time and considering this request.
Sincerely,
Tyler

Wausau Museum of Art creates dialogue between High Schools and National Artists

Wausau Museum of Art creates dialogue between High Schools and National Artists

Erin McGee Ferrell Response:

To: Tyler
Good afternoon Tyler. Thank you for reaching out to me and letting me know that you like my work! An artist’s job is to create and the process comes full circle when the work is enjoyed by another.
OK! Here Goes!
I also attached my CV and Artist’s Statement.

Where are you from? Kentucky, Seattle, Virginia, Boston, Philadelphia, North Carolina, New Jersey, and Maine. Though I am as Irish as can be, my grandparents and father spent most of their lives in Nigeria so I am culturally part West African.
Where were you born? Louisville, Kentucky 
Are there other artists in your area? A billion. Maine is an artist’s mecca. I joke that every third person you meet in this state is an artist.
What got you interested in this type of art? So I am a classically trained oil painter as continue figurative oil on canvas but I LOVE mixed material scientific Biology exploration. In the Maine winter I create 4 x 6 feet oil paintings I my indoor studio, but in the warm weather I explore and slop lots of chemicals around in my garage with the doors open for my science work.
Did you always enjoy art? YES! Earlier photos of me are with a bottle at my sesame street easel. I’m an only child and spent a lot of time by myself. I fell in love with making things when in 4th grade I made an entire paper doll World complete with food you could take in and out of a refrigerator with doors, pet shops, ballet classes..ect. As a high schooler I would spent long hours exploring mixed materials making wearable sculptural jewelry. As a high school I got to spend a summer studying art in Italy with the University of Louisville.

Wausau Museum of Art creates dialogue between High Schools and National Artists

Were your teachers and family supportive of becoming an artist? Yes! Mostly, except for my mother who begged me in college to major in computers rather than painting. I majored in painting and minored in African studies which looking back was stupid but I still loved it.
Who influenced you? My Saturday morning Art teacher in 9th grade! Also the painters: Alice Neel, Euan Uglow, Stanley Spencer, Rackstraw Downs, Carolyn Plochmann, The Group of Seven (Canadian Plein Air Painters), and W.Hemmerling (New Orleans).

What is your favorite medium to use, even if it’s not what you normally use?
I love them all! For works on paper: Ink, Sumi ink sticks, gouache, wax
For works on Canvas: Ink and Oil
For works on wood: spray paint, paper, ink, fabric, foam, caulk, wax
What museums do you have your art in? See my CV attached.

How do you find places to display/sell your art? Lots to hard work!!! Being a visual artist in 2018 is super hard! I’ve been a professional artist for 25 years. The model of the traditional art gallery is dying so this is a new world for artists with untraveled roads. 1/3 of what I do is making art, 1/3 is editing on the computer, grant writing, blogs, competition entrance applications, 1/3 teaching children and adults. An artist now has to know about computers, graphic design (adobe suite), blogging, writing, speaking skills, finances, taxes, and marketing!
Can you support yourself by making and selling art or do you have a second job?
Fortunately, my husband and I act together as a team for our household. We merge our incomes. We have three children. Two are in college and one in high school. It takes both of our incomes working very hard to stay afloat. Besides selling my art, I teach, serve on a board for a national art organization, and trade sometimes for my paintings. I try to take a community college class each semester to keep up my computer/accounting skills and I open a spin gym two mornings a week to be able to exercise there.
What does your art look like to you? An extension of me! A diary entry of my day. Those who own one of my works have a piece of me. (In a good way)
Where do your ideas come from and how do you carry them out?
My brain is so full of ideas it becomes a challenge to say no to them all. I love listening to Audible Books while I paint…it gets my brain out of the way of my work by focusing on a story. I also love movies and TV at night because it shuts my brain off. I need 8 hours of sleep and am a daytime painter. After dark I really can’t create anything.
Call if you need anything else! I’d love to get a copy of your paper when you’re finished!
Appreciatively,
Erin McGee Ferrell.
Winston Churchill, “The definition of success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm!”

Erin McGee Ferrell
www.ArtistAmerican.com
“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.

Winter Maine Gallery. Venn and Maker Selected Works.

Winter Maine Gallery. Venn and Maker Selected Works.

Winter Maine Gallery. Venn and Maker Selected Works. Contemporary Artist, Erin McGee Ferrell, ArtistAMERICAN.com, debuts new paintings in Hip Portland Space. Internationally focused Munjoy Hill Artisan Consultants grow collection of Mixed media designs for Residential and Commercial Installations.

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Erin McGee Ferrell. Pilings. Oil on Canvas.

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Erin McGee Ferrell. Shifting Thresholds. 48 x 48 inches. Mixed media on Wood

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Maine Boat in Autumn. Mixed Media on Wood. 24 x 36 inches.

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Left to Right:

Maine Summer Woods. Mixed Media on Wood. 36 x 72 inches

Bridge to South Portland I and II. Oil on Canvas

Middle Street Portland, Ink on Wood.

Circles I and II, Mixed Media on Wood.

Erin McGee Ferrell

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Petri Dish: Milkweed Series. Mixed Media on wood. 36 x 48 inches.

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Salt Marsh. Oil on Wood. 24 x 48 inches.

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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 also 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.

Petri Dish Series: Muscles. Science Artist, Erin McGee Ferrell

Petri Dish Series: Muscles. Science Artist, Erin McGee Ferrell

Petri Dish Series: Muscles. Science Artist, Erin McGee Ferrell. Contemporary Painter and Mixed Media, ArtistAMERICAN.com, Maine. Potential to Kinetic Energy

Petri Dish: Muscle

24 x 36 inches

Mixed Media on Wood

2017

Changing Forms: Potential to Kinetic
I am an artist and a citizen scientist. My large paintings are interactive as touchable as 2-d sculptures. The traditional discipline of oil on canvas transforms through digital technology becoming powdered etched metal. My ideas and designs through heat and machine are altered.
Energy in the form of my visions and sketches on traditional materials are captured digitally and translated through wires, metals and cogs changing form. Much of my art looks at Microscopic Cells in Petri Dishes. Muscle cells have to contract to move a limb, Kinetic Energy. The image I have selected for the Idexx R&D Engineering Space represents these muscles cells contracting.
“Energy can change forms in a similar way in living organisms. For instance, energy stored in bonds of the small molecule ATP (potential energy) can power the movement of a motor protein and its cargo along a microtubule track, or the contraction of muscle cells to move a limb (kinetic energy).” https://www.khanacademy.org/science/biology/energy-and-enzymes/the-laws-ofthermodynamics/a/types-of-energy
The intersection of Potential and Kinetic, Biology and Technology.

Erin McGee Ferrell

www.ArtistAmerican.com

“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 also 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.