Andrew Reach’s Sun Art aired on CBS Sunday Morning

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A few weeks ago, my husband Andrew Reach submitted suns to CBS Sunday Morning (click here to see post). The sun above was selected and aired on the March 31, 2019 broadcast of the show.

The person at CBS who curates the selection of suns that air on the program wrote him the following about airing my sun:

“I’m writing to let you know that one of your GORGEOUS suns will be on our Sunday Morning broadcast tomorrow. Steve Hartman is doing a really moving piece on a former convict/talented artist, and your sun is absolutely perfect at the end.”

Jessica Frank

The piece she is referring to is a moving story about wrongfully convicted artist Richard Phillips who created art in prison for decades. It was his way of surviving it knowing that he was innocent. This offered freedom that could not be taken away. Humbled that my sun was chosen to follow this story.

Andrew Reach Submits Sun Art To CBS Sunday Morning Show

Since it’s debut in 1979, CBS Sunday Morning has featured artistic suns. Andrew and I were watching the show on it’s January 27, 2019 broadcast and one of the stories was about Jessica Frank. She is the person at CBS Sunday Morning that handpicks the suns that are submitted by the public. At CBS she is known as the Sun Queen. Seeing the story, Andrew decided to submit his artwork. He created two suns and submitted them for consideration. One of the suns has two backgrounds; one on black and the other on white. A couple of weeks after he emailed her the suns, he received this wonderful email from her:

 My e-mailbox is jammed full of suns, and it’s been taking me a while to get to them all.  With that being said, I have to tell you that your suns really stand out as very special ones.  They’re absolutely great, and perfect for use on future Sunday Morning broadcasts. Thanks so much for your patience, and for sharing your beautiful artwork with us.  I promise to let you know when any of your suns are used.

Jessica Frank

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25th Anniversary of The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) – Ohio Arts Council Series of Interviews – Arts + Accessibility: Spotlight on Andrew Reach

My Spouse, Andrew Reach, who lost his career as a successful architect due to becoming disabled from a spine disease, reinvented himself as a Fine Artist and has become nationally recognized for his work. We moved from Miami to Cleveland to be in the care of a specialist in his spine disease (Scheuermann’s disease). We have been living here for 8 years now. Over the years, Andrew has applied for and won grants from a program through the Ohio Arts Council, “Artists With Disabilities Access Program”. In Addition, Andrew’s work was included in a group exhibition, “Lets Get Digital”, at the Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery in Columbus featuring digital artists in the state of Ohio.Andrew Reach in front of the work "Getting Up" at Cleveland Clnic Lutheran HospitalAndrew Reach with his artwork “Getting Up” at the Cleveland Clinic”

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Ohio Arts Council is exploring how accessible arts opportunities enrich the lives of Ohioans of all abilities. I’m honored that they have spotlighted Andrew in a series of interviews “Arts + Accessibility”.

Below is screenshot from Ohio Arts Council Website. click here to read full interview

Screen Shot of Art + Accessibility Spotlight on Andrew Reach

Tom Huck, Curator of Art at University Hospitals With Andrew Reach in Front of his workleft: Tom Huck, Art Curator UH Hospitals Art Collection, right; Andrew Reach Reach’s artwork pictured left to right: Pixel Bar 1 & Bits Glitch 1 on display at an exhibition of his work in the Humphrey Atrium Gallery

UH-Humphrey_04_xAndrew Reach Reach’s artwork on display at an exhibition of his work in the Humphrey Atrium Gallery at University Hospitals

Andrew Reach's mixed media sculptures "Model Citizens" at University HospitalsAndrew Reach’s mixed media sculptures “Model Citizens” made with 3d Printing, and computerized cutting of wood and steel at University Hospitals; click here to learn more about the making of these sculptures

Andrew Reach's opening reception of solo exhibition "Bits In Pieces" at Maria Neil Art Project in Cleveland's Waterloo Arts DistrictAndrew Reach’s opening reception of his solo exhibition “Bits In Pieces” at Maria Neil Art Project in Cleveland’s Waterloo Arts District. The gallery is owned by art patrons Adam Tully and John Farina. John Farina is executive director of ARTneo, which specializes in exhibits and scholarship on art by Northeast Ohio artists

 

Andrew Reach’s Art Picked By Zoe Watterson For the Make-A-Wish Foundation To Benefit Others at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital – Cleveland Ohio

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‘What Lies Behind The Facade’
Zoe chose his artwork from artwork submitted by Tom Huck,
Curator of Art at University Hospitals
click here to see Andrew Reach’s website

I was honored to go with my partner Andrew Reach as guests to the ribbon cutting ceremony for renovations to the fifth floor of UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital at Case Western University in Cleveland. where the Cystic Fibrosis Center is located. For a little background, below is an excerpt from article on Newsnet5.com by Dave Arnold:

CLEVELAND – Zoe Watterson cut the red ribbon on the fifth floor of Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital Tuesday that commemorated the reopening of an area of relaxation and often creativity for young patients and their families situated between two nurse’s stations dedicated to treating cystic fibrosis patients. Zoe almost single-handedly was responsible for part of Rainbow’s fifth floor being renovated to enhance her fellow patient’s life while undergoing treatment. Given a wish by the national Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, Zoe decided during one of her hospital stays that her surroundings were less than inspiring. (click here for full article)

Zoe has been in the care at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital since she was a baby. She’s now 18 and will be going to college next year. As part of her wish for the renovation, Zoe envisioned a work of art to be located in a feature wall that would greet patients and family at the entrance to the clinic. Andrew was approached by Tom Huck, the curator of art at University Hospitals, to supply images of his artwork that he wanted to include along with other artworks by other artists for a presentation he would make for Zoe to make the selection. Her mother told us that during the presentation, when she saw Andrew’s artwork titled ‘What Lies Behind The Facade’, she was immediately drawn to it and decided that would be the artwork. When she heard of Andrew’s story behind his art, “It was the icing on the cake” Zoe’s mother said. Andrew and I were so honored that she chose his art, as for Andrew, whose art is all about healing for him, the places that he feels his art would be most meaningful to be displayed in is in healthcare facilities to bring his passion for the power of the arts to heal into healing environments.

Andrew says about the work “What Lies Behind The Facade”:

In the work ‘What Lies Behind The Facade’, rectilinear fragmented shapes of color obscures a pattern of circles. The gaps left over between the shapes remove more of the circles, further obscuring the whole of them. This construct is a metaphor. The gaps reflect that the disabled with disease are often looked at as somehow not whole and what is seen, is the disability and not the person. But we know that we are just as whole as anyone and when anyone gets to know us, through our strength and perseverance, they will see all of us with all the colors filled in. 

Zoe & Andrew Reach - Andrew Reach & Zoe Watterson at
UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital

Zoe and her MomZoe and her mom looking at Andrew’s Artwork

Dr. Laura Milgram and ZoeZoe’s doctor at Rainbow Babies Children’s Hospital Dr. Laura Milgram
talking about Zoe’s Wish

CopyrightZoe’s doctor Dr. Michael Konstan, Chairman Department of Pediatrics at
Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, Director of Cystic Fibrosis Center

Andrew Reach - Keri HaibachAndrew Reach, Keri Haibach with Make-A-Wish Foundation
& Bruce Baumwoll

Zoe_Make-A-Wish_RainbowBabies_06from left Dr. Laura Milgram – Zoe’s doctor, Zoe,
Sophia Morton – Vice President of Programs at
Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana,
Lisa White – Wish Program Manager at Make-A-Wish Ohio

-7bab57ee40603be9Patricia DePompei, president of UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, sports a “z” for Zoe on her cheek during a program thanking Westlake teen Zoe Watterson for asking Make-a-Wish to renovate part of the fifth floor.
(caption and photo by Barb Galbincea for Cleveland.com)

-63b6413fcb293294Zoe Watterson was the center of attention during the unveiling of renovations that she asked Make-a-Wish to do on the fifth floor of University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital.
(caption and photo by Barb Galbincea for Cleveland.com)

-194286eab1d22b63Zoe Watterson leaves her mark at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital on Tuesday.
(caption and photo by Barb Galbincea for Cleveland.com)

-3184536876d61875Zoe Watterson takes on her doctor, Michael Konstan, in an impromptu game of air hockey in the renovated space.
(caption and photo by Barb Galbincea for Cleveland.com)

-afe73281826ea660Zoe Watterson checks out the renovated space on the fifth floor of University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital.
(caption and photo by Barb Galbincea for Cleveland.com)

click here to read article
“Westlake teen’s ‘selfless’ wish benefits others at Rainbow”
by Barb Galbincea for Cleveland.com

 


click to watch Newsnet 5 story broadcast on April 29, 2014

The following photos are stills from the Newsnet 5 coverage

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Zoe_Make-A-Wish_RainbowBabies_10Andrew and I leaving the ceremony, filled with joy, knowing that Zoe picked his
art because she loved it and now it will live on for many other children

The Art of Healing: Art Exhibition launching the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at Smith Center in Washington DC Art Advisory – 20 Healing Artists

I am so excited that  my partner Andrew Reach is among 19 other artists being represented by the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at Smith Center for the Healing Arts in Washington DC. They have begun a new Art Advisory after holding a call for entries to select 20 artists to represent. Smith Center is a non profit Health, Education and Arts Center helping people with Cancer with a holistic approach that includes art’s ability to transform and heal.

The other artists in the Art Advisory are: Joanna Axtmann, Cynthia Back, Carol Barsha, Joan Belmar, Natalya Borisovna-Parris, Anne Bouie, Carolyn Case, Kay Chernush, Nancy Cohen, John Cotterell, Alison Hall, Sharon Lee Hart, Shea Naer, Rachel Rotenburg, Valerie Theberge, Pamela Viola, Kazaan Viveiros, Tom Wagner, and Ellyn Weiss.

CLICK HERE TO READ ARTICLE ON HUFFINGTON POST

Click here to read more about this exhibition
Click here to see Andrew’s Art Advisory Page

Installation – Andrew’s work “Bumps in the Road” at left

Opening Reception

Opening Reception