Since the first Manhattan Arts International “The Healing Power of ART” juried exhibition more than a decade ago, the mission of the project was to give the participating artists international exposure for artistic excellence and communicate an important message about the healing benefits of art.
This year’s exhibition devoted to “The Healing Power of ART” will present 25 artists in an online exhibition on the Manhattan Arts International website, April 30-June 30, 2015. The exhibition will be promoted on several websites, distributed to our large social media database, and our subscription-based e-mail newsletters that reach at least 100,000 each month. In addition to three cash awards two artists will be selected to join the Manhattan Arts International Featured Artists Program.
There is more. We also invited a few art and business leaders to present awards. Here are comments from three award-sponsors.
Carolyn Edlund ~ Artsy Shark Award
Carolyn Edlund, founder of Artsy Shark, www.artsyshark.com stated, “I’ve always considered art to have the power to aid healing, both physically and emotionally. I know a number of artists who credit the creative process with saving their health, or even their lives. I’m looking for an artist who expresses this visually through their work.”
The Artsy Shark Award will be an interview article with the winning artist, presenting their art as a healing force. In addition to images of the artist’s work, the article may also include studio shots and in situ photos. Edlund will share the link to the story across social media networks. The Artsy Shark website has 9,000 visitors each week.
What will Edlund be looking for?
She will be looking for an artist “with a thoughtful body of work, an outstanding presentation and a clear message that relates their vision to the topic of healing and well-being in the viewer”.
Terri Lloyd ~ The Haggus Society Award
Terri Lloyd, Artist and Executive Director of The Haggus Society will select a woman artist and give her a 1 year membership with full benefits to the Haggus Society. That includes the opportunity to participate in Haggus-wide events and shows and presence on The Haggus Society website, and more. The winner will receive a featured artist article in the Haggus Society electronic newsletter, which will be distributed throughout various social media channels and The Haggus Society blog/website at www.thehaggussociety.org.
Terri Lloyd stated: “Art, to me, is a reflection of the health and well-being of a society at any given point in history. Zeitgeist —personal or sociological— along with the indomitable human spirit are what we will be looking for in an artist’s work.”
What will Lloyd be looking for?
“The Haggus Society Award will be presented to a woman artist who nurtures herself through her artistic practice and also inspires and brings hope and healing to the viewer or recipient of her art”.
Sherrie Wilkolaski ~ Luxe Beat Magazine Award
Sherrie Wilkolaski, The Editor-in-Chief and Managing Partner of Luxe Beat Magazine, will select three artists to receive publicity on Luxe Beat magazine website at www.luxebeatmag.com. Renée Phillips will write an article about the selected artists. Sherrie stated: “When Renee first approached me with the idea for The Healing Power of Art, I didn’t hesitate to be a part of it. The impact of art on the healing process is very well documented and yet so underutilized. It is all about creating awareness and we have an opportunity to do that with the Luxe Beat Magazine audience.”
Luxe Beat magazine is also published as a subscription-based monthly magazine found in all major online newsstands worldwide and is available in print, on-demand. Its readership is comprised of high income world travelers, primarily executives and/or self-employed individuals.
What will Wilkolaski be looking for?
“It is difficult to say exactly what we’re looking for, but that we’ll know it when we see it. Art creates an emotional response, just like a fine wine, or delicious meal. We’ll see which pieces give us that overwhelming positive reaction.”