Shirlene Abrams loves working with and combining different art forms such as drawing, painting, photography, graphics and zentangles.
Shirlene studies figure drawing at The Perkins Art Center and attended Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and The University of the Arts.
Abrams - Collaborative Art Piece
David Ahlsted is a realist painter, though his work tilts slightly toward the abstract as he searches for beauty and surprises hidden in ordinary things.
David is a professor emeritus at Stockton College, and also served as a professor at Skidmore College and his alma matter, Indiana University, where he earned his MFA.
His work is permanently installed in the New Jersey State Capitol.
David has lived and worked in southern New Jersey for more than 35 years.
“When my wife was a patient at Cooper, we both were impressed by the exceptional care she received. We also recognized the important role of art in helping people get back on their feet again.”
Ahlsted – Sugar Babies
Ahlsted - Blue Flags, Oswego River
A graduate of Cherry Hill High School, Nancy Alter had a long and successful career in the corporate world before returning to her true love – art – in 2004.
After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Nancy found that creating art provided her with a path to healing and allowed her to express her physical challenges in a positive way. Nancy’s art is influenced by the natural world, to which she feels deeply connected. She hopes viewers recognize something in her work that appeals to them internally, either by bringing comfort and understanding, or eliciting conversation.
Nancy’s father was a patient at Cooper University Health Care and her family expressed gratitude for the compassionate care he received.
“I am inspired by how big a sky can look, by the colors and movement in the natural landscape. My goal is not to provide a realistic representation of a scene, but rather to provoke an emotional response.”
Alter – Checkerboard Fields
Alter – The Market
Alter – Western Sky
For Kassem Amoudi, painting is a continuous discovery.
The Jordanian-born artist treats paintings as beings that have their own lives, feelings and needs. He listens and responds, allowing them to be what they want to be.
Kassem earned his MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, where he taught painting since 2000. He also leads painting courses at the Woodmere Art Museum, Main Line Art Center, Wayne Art Center and Perkins Center for the Arts.
Kassem moved to Camden in 2003 and lives just two blocks from Cooper University Hospital.
“Life, with its opposites, with its contrast of light and dark, joy and sorrow, inspires me, as does the process itself.”
Amoudi – Rising in Love
Arthur Brener has been creating silkscreen prints since the early 1970's.
He cuts all of his own stencils and prints all of his own prints. Using water-based and acrylic inks, Arthur achieves the dense, bright, rich and splashy colors that give his graphic designs and silkscreen prints his signature touch.
Arthur has had a career in advertising, marketing and magazine publishing, all of which have had a significant influence on his work.
“I admire and am inspired by Miro and Calder. I hope that my prints evoke the same kind of joy I experience when I look at the work of these two great artists.”
Brener – Little Boxes
Brener – Pillars
Brener – Square #3
Pat Brentano has lived in New Jersey for 30 years.
Pat’s work is focused on connecting people with nature in an effort to make people better stewards of the planet’s natural resources.
Pat earned her MFA from the Tyler School of Art and taught at Kean University. She has collaborated on sculpture installations with several New Jersey environmental organizations, including The Nature Conservancy and Jersey Audubon.
“I have a deep desire to reconnect people to nature. Through my work, I hope to remind people that we do not own nature. We are a part of it.”
Brentano – Landscape
Brentano - New Jersey Coast
Brentano – Red Bird Flying in Woods
An artist all his life, William Butler’s contemporary work ranges from figurative to abstract with a focus on fluid lines, vibrant colors, and rich textures that capture movement and light.”
William and his wife, Ronja, are the owners of Gallery Eleven One in Camden, where they moved with their two sons in 2011.
Living and working just blocks from Cooper, William says he sees first-hand how Cooper is revitalizing the community, bringing lasting benefits to the city, the region and the state.
With more than 20 years of experience as an artist and graphic designer, William enjoys creating art that inspires and challenges him and the viewer.
“My heart aches for those diagnosed with cancer, and I pray and hope for the day when leaders in medicine – such as Cooper – will find cures for all cancers."
Butler – Avens
Butler - I and II
Butler – Sea Isle
Butler – Substruct
Butler – Surround and Divide
Maryann works primarily as a realistic oil painter and is the founder of La Bottega of Art and Copperplate Studio, both located in the Glasstown Arts District of Millville. She also conducts workshops for aspiring artists.
Maryann’s paintings are inspired by nature. Her goal is to transport viewers to a better place whether a peaceful place in the woods, a soothing spot on the Shore or a quiet respite by the sea.
“When I think of Cooper, I think of close family and friends who are still here today because of the expert care they received from Cooper’s amazing doctors, nurses and medical staff.”
Cannon – After the Storm
Cannon – Green Velvet
Philip J. Carroll
Collingswood resident Philip J. Carroll is a New Jerseyan through and through, having lived in the Garden State all his life.
Philip is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and studied art history at the University of Pennsylvania. Today, he teaches watercolor painting and serves as Curator of Exhibitions for the Perkins Center for the Arts in Moorestown.
Cancer has claimed the lives of Philip’s father and mother-in-law, and his sister is a two-time breast cancer survivor.
“I do not choose the subjects I paint. They choose me. I just happen upon them in my endless wandering for inspiration, and they appear when I least expect them."
Carroll – Pine Barrens
The work of fine art photographer and painter Janet Cass focuses on the effects of wind on water, and light.
Her photographs of sea grass, water and sky are about awareness, thought and presence.
Janet lives and works in Avalon and often photographs from her kayak in the coastal waters in South Jersey.
Janet graduated with a BFA in painting from Kutztown University in Kutztown, Pennsylvania and has studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia.
“Medicine heals the body. Art heals the spirit.”
Cass - Queen Anne's Lace
Cass - Salt Wind
Cass - Still Water
Cass - Water World
Laura Williams Chassot
Laura Williams Chassot studied ceramic sculpture, drawing and painting at the Casa Museo Espinoza in Spain, and today creates vibrant, colorful work she calls “stroke paintings.”
An artist in every sense, Laura writes poetry and short stories when she is not painting or carving wood. Within each medium, her deeper purpose is to incite passion and to connect deeply with viewers or readers. Laura has been touched personally by friends and family members who have fought cancer and one day would like to create a performance piece with the theme: Triumph Over Cancer.
“I intend for my work to inspire viewers to discover and embrace their passion and to promote balance and harmony in their lives.”
Chassot – Party
Chassot – Strokes Series: Sit, Ascension, Contemplation
Originally from upstate New York, painter David Clemans owned an art gallery in Westfield before moving to Cape May Point in 1983, where he has lived and worked ever since.
David’s primary studio is located in his home, the historic Lindenwood House, perhaps one of the oldest houses in Cape May County.
The Lindenwood House, its gardens and grounds have served as inspiration for many of David’s paintings. Another great source of inspiration is the Great Egg Harbor River, where David has a log cabin and painter’s studio with two views of the river.
Oil is David’s medium and his style of painting varies from realism to impressionism.
“Discovering the visual uniqueness of southern New Jersey has greatly inspired me and provided limitless vistas for the brush and canvas.”
Clemans – Kaleidoscope
Being earth-friendly in the creation process is essential to Kathy Dallara-Pennell’s work.
Her collage materials are created by using hand pulled, mono printed, stenciled rice paper that includes other recycled papers. She is strict about using modern, nontoxic mediums.
Kathy’s interest in art began in her childhood, and with encouragement from her family, she earned her BFA in Illustration Cum Laude from Rowan University.
“I find working with mixed media art to be a liberating challenge and full of experimental promise.”
Dallara-Pennell - Collaborative Art Piece
Gwynn Walker DiPilla
Gwynn Walker DiPilla has been teaching art for more than 25 years.
She is the founder of the Multi-Media for Young Artist’s program in Haddonfield and teaches adult classes through the Haddonfield Adult School.
As a working artist, Gwynn focuses on drawing in colored pencil, and painting in watercolor and oils. A number of Gwynn’s pieces were selected by the Haddonfield Tourism Committee to represent the town in a series of 14 postcards.
Gwynn earned a BA in art education from Tyler School of Art at Temple University. She also took graduate courses in art at West Chester University and studied drawing and painting at Studio Incamminati in Philadelphia.
“My goal is for my work to bring patrons to a place of serenity and beauty.”
DiPilla - Pansies II