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Memorial Sloan Kettering Middletown New Jersey
Jun 15, 2018

Local Artists Lift Spirits at Memorial Sloan Kettering

By Lori Draz  

Memorial Sloan Kettering Middletown New Jersey

The power of the mind-body connection in wellness is undeniable. Music, touch, color, and art can have a big impact on healing. Memorial Sloan Kettering Monmouth in Red Bank (MSK) has an art gallery on the lower level dedicated to local artists. Every six months, MSK’s art curator, Jay Davis, works with local artists to pull together a small collection with a central theme. The current exhibit is an uplifting grouping of summer-inspired works from local artists Ellen Martin of Red Bank and Mike Quon of Fair Haven. Both artists make very different work – but both capture different elements of their Monmouth County surroundings.

Mike Quon’s work focuses on the daily themes of a simple summer at the shore including things like the beach, the boardwalk, or a lighthouse at the end of an island.

As a counterpoint to his work, Ellen Martin’s photographs of abandoned buildings, reclaimed by nature, invite you to see the beauty in the scenes you might otherwise roll by.

Together their works display the beauty of now and the reflection of memories. To see more, visit ellenmartin.com and quonart.com.

“The current exhibit, the third exhibit at our Monmouth community art gallery, is up until early August,” Davis said. “We are in the planning stage of the next exhibit. I try to keep each show interesting and growing off the previous exhibit. This often involves reinterpreting how the patients might interact with each changing exhibit.

“It’s never going to be the same exhibit twice at any of our sites,” Davis said. “That planning does add a little challenge when preparing and executing these exhibits, but I think it also adds another layer of interest and veers from the usual predictability that exhibits in health care institutions often suffer from.”

Viewing hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The space is open to the public, but visitors must check in at the security desk on the Concourse level to receive a pass before visiting the art gallery. MSK Monmouth is located at 480 Red Hill Road in Middletown.