Art from the Heart Program Winners Selected

Jackie Pappalardi and Joanne O'Connor

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 2021 Art from the Heart wall calendar. 

We tasked our panel of independent jurors with the challenging assignment of choosing 13 pieces from 87 submissions provided by nursing home and assisted living residents from across the state. This year, a total of 64 member facilities participated in the program and entries were received from every NYSHFA/NYSCAL Region. We recognize and applaud all the inspiring artists for sharing their talents. The 13 selected pieces will be featured in the 2021 “Art from the Heart” wall calendar. 

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

Patricia Arena
The Shore Winds Nursing & Rehabilitation
Rochester, NY 

Mario Fernandez
River Ridge Living Center
Amsterdam, NY 

Joan Franks
Somerset Gardens
Plainview, NY 

Joan French
Seneca Nursing and Rehab Center
Waterloo, NY 

Donna Grant
Holliswood Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare
Hollis, NY 

David Gritman
NYS Veterans Home At Oxford
Oxford, NY 

Bruce Hilliard
Shaker Place Rehabilitation & Nursing Center
Albany, NY 

Mary Karen Hobert
NYS Veterans Home At Oxford
Oxford, NY 

Debbie Janish
ElderWood Assisted Living at Hamburg
Hamburg, NY 

Henry Macchiaroli
Kings Harbor Multicare Center
Bronx, NY 

Carolyn Oakley
ElderWood at Waverly
Waverly, NY 

Cheri Talmadge
Betsy Ross Nursing & Rehab. Center
Rome, NY 

Melvin Torres Jimenez
Bedford Center for Nursing & Rehab
Brooklyn, NY 

Special thanks to Jill Cozzy and Christopher Sanford (retired) of the New York State Museum; and local artist Wren Panzella 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 Art from the Heart program, please contact Joanne O’Connor at the Foundation at 518-462-4800 ext. 23 or


Jackie Pappalardi, RN, BSN
Executive Director
518-462-4800 x16

Joanne O'Connor
Communications and Business Development Coordinator
518-462-4800 x23