Since 2000 the Manhattan Arts International “The Healing Power of ART” exhibitions have attracted a large following. An exhibition on this theme is important now more than ever. Art heals. It holds the power to ignite the flame in our hearts and transform our minds. Art reveals the beauty as well as the horror of the human condition. Through art we are given the key to connect to a higher purpose.
At its best art has the power to heal, inspire, provoke, challenge and offer hope. It can transform our physiological state and perception. It also has the power to awaken us to become more conscious about important issues affecting individuals, society and the planet. This year’s theme for “The Healing Power of Art is “Inspiring The Positive”: Art that either has a positive healing impact on viewers and/or art that raises awareness about our need for positive change.
Top 3 Winners
Anthony Frudakis: First Place Cash Award and Featured Artist Award
Ober-Rae Starr Livingstone: Second Place Cash Award and Featured Artist Award
Patti Bradeis: Third Place Cash Award and Featured Artist Award. (Her drawing is shown above.)
Additional Exhibiting Artists
Robin Antar * Tan Armentrout * Marna Bell * Patricia Bingham * Hamish Blakely
Lisa Botto-Lee * Stephen Bryer * Jane Caminos * Ann Cheeks * Joan Chamberlain
Andre Chatelain * Helena Cooper * Angela Craven * Bernie Edmonds * Christine Frisbee
Judith Fritchman * Dianna Fritzler * Patti Gildersleeve * Lori Goldberg * Luz-Mary Harris
Meredith Hebden * Kevin Hopkins * Karen Jones * Ellen Joseph * Helen Kagan * Kurt Kreissl
Erik Kucera * Nancy Staub Laughlin * Cynthia Lizardi * Yvette Lodge * Shang Ma
Susan McLaughlin * Joan Metcalf * Friedhard Meyer * Judith Hallbeck Meyeraan
Ann Mezian * Paul Nilsson * Jean-Antoine Norbert * Eve Ozer * Valerie Patterson
Steven Peabody * Trixie Pitts * Gail Postal * Denisa Prochazka * Eva Marie Restel
Nancy Ridenour * Claudia Rose * Elynne Rosenfeld * Bren Sibilsky * Matti Sirvio
Kelly Sooter * Maureen Spinale * Alex Tolstoy * Norma Torti * John Weller
J. Michael Williams * Lis Zadravec * Sue Ziegler
Renée Phillips, founder/director of Manhattan Arts International, curator of more than 17 Healing Power of ART exhibitions. She selected more than 60 finalists.
Guest Jurors / Awards
Lisa Cooper, owner of Elisa Contemporary Art and corporate art consultant; Barbara Markoff, owner of Artrageous! Gallery and corporate and healthcare art consultant; John R. Math, photographer and founder of Light Space Time online gallery, and Ed Wedman, founder of Exhibitions Without Walls, and an artist who creates create photography under the name Arthur Jacob. They each selected an artist to receive a Special Recognition Award.