When Ashley Walter ‘21OT came to Salus University for her interview, among the myriad of information she received was that the University had an art gallery and that sometimes students had the opportunity to display their artwork.
A psychology major with an art minor while at Arcadia University, Walter was particularly attracted to the possibility that her artwork could be displayed to the greater University community.
“I was like, ‘This school is calling out to me.’ It was exactly what I wanted to hear,” said Walter, of Lansdale, Pa. “It brings a part of my skill set and part of my occupation as an artist into Salus. I was really excited once I got accepted into the school.”
That’s exactly what ‘Community Expressions 2020’ – the annual exhibit at the D’Arrigo Family Gallery
in the Hafter Student Community Center – aims to do: Celebrate the talent of the University’s students, faculty, staff and friends.
Walter is a student in the University’s Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program. Outside of school she teaches art through the North Penn Arts Alliance and sells custom paintings through her small business, Ash Tree Original Art. Her work, “Wingspan of Winter Phoenix 2,” is one in a series of mythical birds she has created.
The exhibit, which opened Feb. 4 and will run through March 13, kicked off with a reception Feb. 6 at the gallery, and showcases the work of 11 artists. Since the inception of the D’Arrigo Family Gallery in 2016, students, faculty, staff and their friends and family members have been invited to participate in the annual art exhibition.
“When I started this gallery, I thought it would be really cool to bring everybody together with one common thing they could do that’s creative,” said Elynne Rosenfeld, curator and director of the gallery. “And, I thought with all the pressure of a professional school and the fact that it is not an art school, it would be meaningful to bring art to Salus and to bring art to the attention of the Salus people. I thought having these shows would accomplish that.”
Chaitali Baviskar, assistant vice president of Clinical Operations at Salus, chose two photographs for her display: “Oh How Wonderful,” which showed a temple in Chichen Itza, Mexico; and the second called “It Was One of Those Nights,” that depicted a subway scene in Brooklyn, N.Y.
“I was waiting at 2 a.m. for a train and it never came. That’s just a normal state of waiting for trains in New York. I happened to look over my shoulder and I caught this one scene and I loved it,” said Baviskar, who has been taking photographs as a hobby for the past five years. “I wanted to make it black and white because I really wanted the light and shadows to come through. The one thing I really like in this photograph is the play on the levels. It actually makes you feel like you’re on the track, but you’re not. You’re raised on the platform.”
She also appreciates the opportunity to show the Salus community a different side, one not directly related to her job at the University.
“I think it’s wonderful that the University offers this opportunity for its people. I missed the first one last year, but when I saw this email, I thought oh my gosh, this is such a great way to see other people’s art,” she said. “There’s so much untapped talent here, so I think it’s great to have a place to exhibit this.”
Marietta Dooley, director of the Learning Resource Center
, has exhibited her work in all four Community Expressions shows. Her wildlife photographs depicted scenes from the Elkins Park, Pa. campus.
“I like to promote the campus and to promote the idea that we share the campus with wildlife, a lot more than people realize,” said Dooley, who has been doing photography for more than 10 years. “I’m a little biased, but I really enjoy this because I am not a medical person. I do like to participate and contribute to the University and to campus and this gives me an opportunity to do so in a different way than what the University specializes in.”
Among the other participants exhibiting their artwork in this year’s show include:
Akshari Patel ‘20OD
- “Art has always been a way to help express my inner thoughts and emotions without words. My work ‘Courage’ represents the inner struggle someone might be facing or going through. It’s a shot in the dark of fear and uncertainty,” she said.
Alexander Woznicki ‘23AUD
- “I myself am hearing impaired and I like to draw. Most drawings have no meaning and are more of a ‘Hey, this would look cool’ which was my drawing process for this piece (Smoke),” he said.
Amber DeLuca ‘21OT
- Of her painting “Unmoved” she said, “This is a painting of women. It’s me, it’s my mother, and it’s the tide. It’s that undeniable gut level intuition that doesn’t need scientific evidence to validate it.”
is the wife of Brian Zuckerman, chief of staff and general counsel at the University. The D’Arrigo Family Gallery refers to her family, for whom the gallery is named.
Abigail Possinger ‘21AUD
- Active in the community she serves as secretary of the Doctor of Audiology, 2021 Class Council, Student Ambassador for the Pennsylvania Academy of Audiology (PAA) and president of the Sexuality and Gender Alliance of Salus (SAGAS)
is the partner of student Abigail Possinger. She earned her BFA in interdisciplinary Fine Arts in 2016 from the University of the Arts. Bright colors make her happy and she strives to use as many colors as possible in as many pieces as possible.
Saahi Katari ‘22AUD
- She said of her artwork, “My experiences so far in audiology school have been invigorating and I cannot get enough of it. When I turn to art to wind down at the end of the day, audiology doesn’t seem to leave my mind (Connie The Cochlea). You’re the Earth and I’m the Moon: nothing can stop me from roaming around you. But my goodness, this love is so tough; I’m so close to you, yet not close enough (The Yearning).”
is a client of Shelly Slott, clinical educator in speech-language pathology at the Speech-Language Institute
. Brian suffered a traumatic brain injury from a skateboarding accident. His artwork represents how he felt about himself after his accident.
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