I hope you enjoy this extraordinary experience of the art of Andrew Reach, who happens to be my husband for almost 39 years now. No matter how many times while editing it, I have watched his images, it continually takes me away from self into a world of color, shape and wonder.
For those of you who are just seeing the work of Andrew Reach for the first time, he was an architect and because of a rare debilitating spine disease, became disabled and reinvented himself as an artist. To see more of Andrew Reach’s art visit https://www.andrewreach.com
I’m honored that my husband Andrew Reach’s art is part of a wonderful art collection; Summa Health’s new Healing Arts Collection for the new Patient Tower at the Akron campus. Meg Harris Stanton, Summa Health Healing Arts Leadership Council, curated the collection. She selected “Ninety One Kites” where it has been placed on the fifth floor across from the nurses station. Christine Havice, Chair, Summa Health Healing Arts Leadership Council researched and wrote about each artwork with dedicated web page’s for each artist (see list below). Below is excerpt of what she wrote on Andrew’s page:
After viewing this print, you may also find his reflections helpful in negotiating the visual arts world of today, where both digital and the older “analogue” techniques co-exist and often, as here and in certain other works of art in the Summa Collection, interpenetrate in new and exciting ways.
Christine Havice – Chair, Summa Healing Arts Leadership Council
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.”
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.
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.