Uncategorized

LIFE SUPPORT

This month, Bill Lowe Gallery is focusing on the healing function of art and its effects on the human body.

In recent years there has been a surge of research in organizations dedicated to the practice of art as a way of healing. Though it may not appear to be common in medicine, it’s far more prevalent than you would think. According to “Arts in Health Care”, a 2009 state of the field report from the Arts and Health Alliance, almost half of all hospitals have already implemented art programs.

In addition to regularly prescribed means of healing, art related programs are being integrated into heath practices because of its positive effects on a patient’s mental and emotional well being. It offers a peaceful reprieve from the daily stress and anguish.

A recent case study outlined the key benefits of using art in the recovery process from post-traumatic stress disorder to autism, mental health, chronic illnesses, Alzheimer’s and dementia, neurological disorders and brain injuries, premature infants, and physical disabilities.

The case study findings concluded the following:

  • Focusing on art provides relaxation and positive distraction
  • Improves mental health and well being and will decrease mental distress
  • Helps connect with others in a supportive environment
  • Aids in self expression and self acceptance
  • It offers a sense of pride and achievement

Our most recent exhibition displays the work of sculptor Susannah Zucker.  Her work explores the effects of trauma on the human body: how we transcend, survive and thrive when it breaks us, and how we achieve meaning through this process. With this body of work, she illustrates the strength that is required from within to overcome the most intense of obstacles, as well as the extraordinary quietude and joy that is often experienced in its wake.

Her work exemplifies the notion of art as a way of not only healing the body but the spirit and soul of humanity. She masterfully offers a visual exploration of pain and resilience. Through her sculpture we see the power of art as a form of life support.

To see examples of her work, please visit http://www.lowegallery.com/. Our current exhibition, Avian, will be exhibited through November 29th.

“Life Support” beguines a blog series where we look at art not just in theory but in practice, focusing on the healing effect of art.

Stay tuned next month where we explore art and its positive effects on those with Alzheimer’s.

Bill Lowe Gallery celebrates the new location in Miami Circle

open house images 3It is no coincidence that on the Summer Solstice, Bill Lowe Gallery hosted a celebratory Open House at our new gallery space at 764 Miami Circle. From 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM, we celebrated with some of our closest clients, friends, and family, dined on delectable tapas and drinks from the South’s finest tapas restaurant, Eclipse di Luna, listened to a lively mix of music, and were surrounded by a captivating collection of art.

 

open house images 2 copy From all of us at Bill Lowe Gallery, we would like to thank everyone who attended our Open House and celebrated our new location in Miami Circle. We look forward to seeing you around the gallery!

 

Joyful Hearts Gala: A Night Out For A Good Cause

logojoyfulhearts

Founded by actress and activist Mariska Hargitay, the Joyful Hearts foundation is an organization dedicated to the advancement of humanity. Their mission is to heal, educate and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse, and to shed light into the darkness that surrounds these issues.

Since being founded in 2004, the Joyful Hearts foundation has been gaining recognition for spreading the universal message of hope around the world through their cause.

A recent event the foundation hosted was their annual Gala entitled The 2014 10th Anniversary Joyful Revolution Gala: Are We There Yet?”. Bill Lowe was grateful and honored to be invited this year by Mariska herself.  He shares his thoughts of a truly life changing experience:

group shot from gala“Mariska Hargitay’s invitation to me to sit at her table at the Joyful Hearts Foundation Gala at Cipriani in New York was a life-changing event for me.  I anticipated the usual glitterati and entertainment titans but was not prepared for the enormous impact of the powerful and essential work this magnificent organization performs.  Their advocacy relates to sexual abuse and domestic abuse.

The thrust of their efforts to shift the collective mind about these matters is reflected in the launch of their “No More” campaign.  At the event, we were introduced to this new campaign and the visceral emotional impact is beyond words.  The Chairman of Viacom was seated at our table and he commented upon his organization’s vast capability to project this message out.  Notable that evening was the riveting story told to the crowd by Peter Hermann, Mariska Hargitay’s husband, about his own sexual abuse during his early adolescence. His courage and strength shone through as he recounted in vivid detail the progression of the process his abuser employed to snare him.  I cannot begin to convey how this impacted the room.
marishka and bill at galaSeated at our table were other voices for this movement, ranging from Alec Baldwin to Harry Connick, Jr., Debra Messing, Ice-T & Coco to George Stefanopoulos and his wife, Allie.  All were there in heart and exhibited a core commitment to helping end violence in our culture.  The room was filled with 750 wonderfully motivated people, all of whom made real contributions to the success of Joyful Hearts.”

 

overview of gala

Bill Lowe Gallery intends to reach out to provide a platform for raising funds for this advocacy in the Southern United States. Stay tuned for more details.

http://www.joyfulheartfoundation.org/

Atlanta – The #1 City for Artists

Image

For over a quarter century, Atlanta-based Bill Lowe Gallery has been the primary catalyst for emerging artists in the commercial arena of this burgeoning cultural center.   The gallery is also internationally recognized as the primary portal through which globally recognized artists make their debut into the American market.   We are thrilled that Atlanta is now ranked as the best city in America for artists.

The ranking was done byMyLife.com, starting with the 50 most populous cities in the US, they ranked them according to the following five characteristics:

Low cost of living – Most artists do not have the fiscal resources to spend a lot on rent, consequently a lower cost of living is key to their survival in the city. (P.S. A low cost of living is very different from a Lowe cost of living, yes we went there!)

People 20-34 years of age – If an artist is looking to move to a city in which to start their career, it is likely that they are in this age bracket. Not that there aren’t older artists! But this age bracket is a tell-tale sign for growth.

People employed by the arts industry – Similar to knowing people your age, it would also be helpful to know people who are interested in the same field as you. Therefore the more people employed by the arts community, the more likely an artist will meet someone with similar ambitions.

Number of museums and galleries – The number of museums and galleries in a city is a great indicator to how cultured the city really is. If the city cares about art there will be several galleries and museums, as a result an artist would have a greater chance of making it there.

Households with incomes above $200,000 – Art is an expensive luxury! For an artist to sell his/her work they must be surrounded by those with deep pockets!

According to globally recognized artist, Fernando Gaspar, it was only logical for him to make his American debut in Atlanta, more specifically at Bill Lowe Gallery. He said “Atlanta is an art loving city.” One may expect to see Chicago or New York City at the top of the list, but after taking into account that Atlanta ranked in the top 15 in all five of categories, Atlanta’s number one spot is truly deserved! It is interesting to know that Atlanta ranked fourth in number of households earning more than $200,000 a year, yet ranked number fifteen when it came to low cost of living – below the national average.

Bill Lowe Gallery has been recognized for a quarter-century as the South’s pre-eminent contemporary gallery. It is widely acclaimed for the depth and scope of its program, curatorial excellence, and concentration on content-driven work by artists with an advanced technical mastery of their media. The philosophical architecture of Bill Lowe Gallery is built upon a reverence for the alchemical nature of artistic expression. The gallery honors the profoundly spiritual nature of visual language and the role it can play in affecting paradigm shifts at both a personal and societal level.