Local Award-Winning Artist Eric Olson Joins with International Foundation to Donate Art for Healing

Eric Olson, an internationally renowned artist based in Central Pennsylvania announced the donation of a 10-piece “Art for Healing” photographic art collection to the leading medical facility in the western Caribbean. Mr. Olson collaborated with Elaine Poggi, a well-known photographer and the Founder and Director of the Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals in Florence, Italy.  The Foundation printed, framed and shipped the collection, which will be displayed in the Mount St. John’s Medical Center in Antigua.

Mr. Olson, known for dynamic, colorful contemporary art and photography, shares a passion for the healing power of art with his wife and business partner, Nancy. “Everyone likes art,” says Olson, “but until recently it was not possible to prove scientifically that correctly chosen art can actually have an impact on patient outcomes.” He added, “ We hope that our art will contribute to the healing and recovery of patients and their families at Mount St. John’s for years to come.” Olson and Poggi hope to donate similar Art for Healing collections to hospitals around the world in the near future.

The Antigua collection consists of 10 framed photographs, five from each artist. Ms. Poggi’s images are stunning underwater photographs, and Olson’s pictures are unusual and beautiful Antiguan scenes. The collection can be viewed at www. http://bit.ly/MSJPIX.

To help cover project costs, the Olsons are offering a special limited edition 100% silk satin scarf – in effect a wearable piece of art – developed from a panoramic ocean scene photographed by Eric in Antigua. “The cerulean and azure tones of the Caribbean sea are both restful and stunning, and seem to go with nearly any outfit,” says Nancy Olson. The edition is limited to 50 pieces. Although more than half of the edition was sold within days after it was released, remaining scarves can be purchased online or exclusively at Brath & Hughes, the fine art gallery at 44 Main St., in Mechanicsburg, PA. View the scarf and learn more at http://bit.ly/MSJSCARF.

The Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals

The Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals is a non-profit publicly supported organization dedicated to placing colorful, soothing photographs of nature in hospitals to give comfort and hope to patients and their families, visitors, and caregivers. The vision of the Foundation is to create a shift in the way people view hospitals, from cold and sterile to warm and welcoming. Their mission is to change hospitals by humanizing their environments, a concept that is slowly gaining influence in many countries. http://healingphotoart.com/

About Eric Olson

Mr. Olson is a full-time artist and photographer, who works with digital media to produce contemporary images on paper, aluminum and silk fabric . He studied Industrial Design at Pratt Institute, in New York and digital art at Expressions College for New Media in San Francisco. Following a 26-year career in design and marketing, he became a fine artist and photographer, who uses the most modern of tools to convey the oldest of emotions and feelings. His works have been exhibited in the USA and Europe, and are found in private and corporate collections, as well as contemporary art galleries and museums.