Art from the Heart Program Winners Selected

Rick Patterson and Joanne O'Connor in Foundation for Quality Care News

On behalf of the Foundation for Quality Care and the New York State Health Facilities Association/New York State Center for Assisted Living, we are pleased to announce that the artists have been selected for the 2015 Art from the Heart wall calendar.

We tasked our panel of independent jurors with the challenging assignment of choosing 13 pieces from 70 submissions, provided by nursing home and assisted living residents from across the state. We recognize and applaud all the inspiring artists for sharing their talents. The 13 selected pieces will be featured in the 2015 “Art from the Heart” wall calendar. In addition, we are seeking the opportunity to exhibit the selected pieces at museums and other venues as well.

Following are the names of the winners who will appear in the calendar:



Marilyn Banach
Absolut Ctr for N & R at Aurora Park LLC
East Aurora, NY

Audrey Blake
St. James Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center
St. James, NY

Harold Conklin
ElderWood at Hamburg
Hamburg, NY

Clare DiCarlo
Brompton Heights
Williamsville, NY

Yun Dong
A. Holly Patterson Extended Care Facility
Uniondale, NY

Frank Franco
Ross Health Care Center
Brentwood, NY

Donna Gatto
KingsWay Manor Assisted Living
Schenectady, NY

Linda Karlon
Sands Point Center for Health & Rehab
Port Washington, NY

Diane Koch
KingsWay Manor Assisted Living
Schenectady, NY

Patricia Sparrow
A. Holly Patterson Extended Care Facility
Uniondale, NY

Florence Tiechner
Kingsway Arms Nursing Center Inc.
Schenectady, NY

Kathleen Veit
Whittier Place
Ghent, NY

Muriel Wells
Peconic Bay Skilled Nursing Facility
Riverhead, NY



This is the tenth year the Foundation and NYSHFA/NYSCAL has sponsored this program and we were overwhelmed with the wonderful response from our member facilities. As a result, we are exploring other opportunities to showcase a larger number of submitted pieces.

Special thanks to: Jill Foster Cozzy and Christopher Sanford of the New York State Museum and local artist Wren Panzella, represented by the Sorelle Gallery, who provided their time and expertise in selecting our winners.

The “Art from the Heart” Program was launched as a way to honor the vibrant contributions and creative spirit of residents like yours. Thanks to our members who participated in the contest and providing the chance for your residents to shine.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Rick Patterson or Joanne O’Connor at the Foundation.

FQC Contacts
Rick Patterson
Executive Director
518-462-4800 ext. 19

Joanne O'Connor
Communications & Business Development Coordinator
518-462-4800 ext. 23