BY JUDY CARMACK BROSS
The striking new Shirley Ryan AbilityLab served as a stunning setting for Art in Motion, the annual celebration of the courage and artistic abilities of its patients.
Motivated members of the hospital’s Associate Board attracted 300 guests for the show of 120 works by 26 patient artists. The light-filled temporary gallery reflected the AbilityLab’s signature sunny orange décor, serving as a backdrop for patients who described their original works of art.
Nicollette Khuans and Trisha Tesmer chaired the animated evening where guests gathered around the mixed media works or enjoyed vistas of Lake Michigan from the wide balcony created for patients’ pleasure. Dr, Joanne Smith, under whose leadership the dream of creating a global source of science-driven breakthroughs in human ability under that rooftop has become reality, greeted guests and artists.
For 27 years the work and accomplishments of the hospital has won the recognition of being the number one center for rehabilitation in the country. The new building’s growing sense of possibility was felt by everyone there that special night.