As a gesture of gratitude, Nyack ARTWALK™ presented a framed collage of original artworks to Montefiore Nyack Hospital nurses and staff on Tuesday, June 22, 2021. The original artworks were created using paper made from hospital scrubs.
“Nyack ARTWALK™, along with many other events over the past year & a half have had to find creative ways to highlight their various missions. Why not take some of the negative of covid, repurpose these scrubs into paper art, and express our heartfelt thanks to the nurses at Montefiore Nyack Hospital,” said Paulette Ross, Founder of Nyack ARTWALK™. “The artists, who have all exhibited at our annual event over the years, were thrilled to express their gratitude through original art made especially for this presentation,” she continued. “It is our hope that this framed art collage will be displayed in a public area of the hospital so that all may enjoy this creative expression of thanks.”
The paper used by each artist was created from hospital scrubs by “Frontline Arts” who, in the past, has created art on paper from military fatigues, and exhibited in prior ARTWALK events. “Making paper from hospital scrubs was a natural follow-up to our past paper-making efforts,” said Walt Nygard, founder of Frontline Arts. “The Scrubs Paper Project has given us another outlet to honor our front-line workers,” he noted.
Paulette Ross, chair and founder of Nyack ARTWALK™ was joined by artists Cristina Biaggi, Pam Grafstein and Walt Nygard. Dr. Mark Geller (Hospital CEO) and Kathy Lunney (Chief Nursing Officer) accepted the artwork. Paul Adler (Montefiore Nyack Foundation), Legislator Harriet Cornell, and Owen Voutsinas-Klose (Aide to Senator Elijah Reichlin-Melnick) were also present for the event.
The artists who participated in the collage are: Cristina Biaggi; Michael Delaney; David Derr; Pam Grafstein; Sean Jones; Jessie Taylor; Sona Viola.