Video: Baumwoll Archives Presents -The Art & Healing World of Andrew Reach

My Husband Bruce Baumwoll created this wonderful video featuring my art and the many places it has gone to. My art is always about healing as making each work assists my mind and body with my challenges of coping with pain and mobility and this video expresses that beautifully. With access to all of my images, he curated a range of my work in different periods. The images go by fast; quick impressions building on each other. The speed and music captures the energy he sees in my art. In a way, it’s a love letter to me in video form. We’ve been together over 38 years now and I could not have created this work without his love and devotion.

After starting the video, to fully appreciate it, click the full screen button on the bottom right.

Here’s what Bruce wrote about the video:

I hope you enjoy this extraordinary experience of the art of Andrew Reach, who happens to be my husband for almost 39 years now. No matter how many times while editing it, I have watched his images, it continually takes me away from self into a world of color, shape and wonder. For those of you who are just seeing the work of Andrew Reach for the first time, he was an architect and because of a rare debilitating spine disease, became disabled and reinvented himself as an artist.

I want to share the following quote by Andrew’s late uncle James Grossman. It was written for us as a comment on Amazon when Andrew had a 2012 Calendar “Circles”.

“The very existence of this art required the intersection of time, circumstance and events beyond normal understanding. Add the needed advances in personal technology, previous education, an overwhelming medical disability, the determination of one young man to fight and create, and the love of another determined to help, that is the story of these works. And with all that, the art still overwhelms the story. Full disclosure requires stating that Andrew and Bruce are my Nephews, and that I love them.”

I invite you to see Bruce’s other videos on youtube and his blog on an eclectic range of his interests.

Click here to go to his youtube channel

Click here to go to his blog Baumwoll Archives

Andrew Reach at University Hospitals Humphrey Atrium Gallery

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3D Printed Mixed Media Sculptures “Model Citizens”

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click here to learn more about these mixed media sculptures produced at Case Western Reserve University ThinkBox

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Andrew Reach’s Art on display in the Humphrey Atrium Gallery

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left: Tom Huck, Art Curator UH Hospitals Art Collection, right; Andrew Reach Reach’s artwork pictured left to right: Pixel Bar 1 & Bits Glitch 1

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Tom Huck with Quadrans Circuli 1

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“Radial Reductions”

“There’s No Place To Hide” Installed at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital – Angie Fowler Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Institute

Thanks to a generous donation, I’m honored that my artwork engages the environment of the new Angie Fowler Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Institute at UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland. The design by Stanley Beamon & Sears is very innovative as is all of their work especially in healthcare. Instead of a large centrally located nurses station that many times is far from the patients they serve, smaller nurses stations, designed as alcoves are placed directly adjacent to patients. It is at one of these nurses stations that my artwork is placed. For this location, Tom Huck, curator of the art collection at University Hospitals, selected artworks from different artists to present to the donors. From this group, they chose “There’s No Place To Hide”.

From University Hospitals Website:

Angie Fowler Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Institute: Bringing Treatment and Discovery to New Heights

“We believe the institute will become a magnet, attracting top clinicians and researchers. This will be a leading adolescent and young adult (AYA) treatment facility in the U.S. It will attract the attention of top caregivers, physicians and researchers who will be empowered by the common goal of better outcomes and greater cure rates for AYA cancer patients. Angie’s Institute will fill the very real need of helping young patients in treatment feel normal while they are fighting their illnesses.”

– Char and Chuck Fowler

Charlotte A. and Charles D. Fowler, and their daughters and sons-in-law, Chann Fowler-Spellman and Edward F. Spellman and Holley Fowler Martens and Robert F. Martens, made the Angie Fowler Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Institute at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital a reality through their $17 million gift. This is the largest known gift in support of adolescent and young adult, or AYA, cancer.The institute is named in memory of the Fowlers’ daughter, Angie, who died at age 14 after battling melanoma. While there have been many advancements in cancer care for adults and children, the survival rate for young adults and teenagers with cancer has seen little improvement over the past three decades. Although tragedy struck the Fowler family, they decided to create something positive from their loss.

Click here to give gift to University Hospitals.

There's No Place To Hide - Angie Fowler Young Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Institute

There's No Place To Hide - Angie Fowler Young Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Institute

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CAN Journal Fall 2016 Cover with detail of “There’s No Place To Hide”. Feature article in the Journal was about Trudy Wiesenberger and the UH Hospitals Art Collection.

This is the text on the wall label:

The work ‘There’s No Place to Hide’ features one of my whimsies hidden in a grid of circles and undulating sweeps of color. My whimsies are creatures of my imagination, free of pain and unencumbered from gravity and able to move through the world without constriction. If you look at the work you might find the whimsy  below.Whimsy

Zoe’s Wish for UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital Cystic Fibrosis Center

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‘What Lies Behind The Facade’
Zoe chose this artwork from artwork submitted by Tom Huck,
Curator of Art at University Hospitals

What Lies Behind The Facade


I was honored to go with my partner Bruce Baumwoll as guests to the ribbon cutting ceremony for renovations to the fifth floor of UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital at Case Western University in Cleveland where the Cystic Fibrosis Center is located. For a little background, below is an excerpt from article on Newsnet5.com by Dave Arnold:

CLEVELAND – Zoe Watterson cut the red ribbon on the fifth floor of Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital Tuesday that commemorated the reopening of an area of relaxation and often creativity for young patients and their families situated between two nurse’s stations dedicated to treating cystic fibrosis patients. Zoe almost single-handedly was responsible for part of Rainbow’s fifth floor being renovated to enhance her fellow patient’s life while undergoing treatment. Given a wish by the national Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, Zoe decided during one of her hospital stays that her surroundings were less than inspiring. (click here for full article)

Zoe has been in the care at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital since she was a baby. She’s now 18 and will be going to college next year. As part of her wish for the renovation, Zoe envisioned a work of art to be located in a feature wall that would greet patients and family at the entrance to the clinic. I was approached by Tom Huck, the curator of art at University Hospitals, to supply images of my artwork that he wanted to include along with other artworks by other artists for a presentation he would make for Zoe to make the selection. Her mother told us that during the presentation, when she saw the artwork titled ‘What Lies Behind The Facade’, she was immediately drawn to it and decided that would be the artwork. When she heard of my story behind the art, “It was the icing on the cake” Zoe’s mother said. It is a high compliment that she chose my art and I am so honored. I could think of no better place for this work to be displayed. I hope it will bring some light and joy to the children and young adults and their families in the years to come as they come for therapy and extended stays.

About the work “What Lies Behind The Facade”:

In the work ‘What Lies Behind The Facade’, rectilinear fragmented shapes of color obscures a pattern of circles. The gaps left over between the shapes remove more of the circles, further obscuring the whole of them. This construct is a metaphor. The gaps reflect that the disabled with disease are often looked at as somehow not whole and what is seen, is the disability and not the person. But we know that we are just as whole as anyone and when anyone gets to know us, through our strength and perseverance, they will see all of us with all the colors filled in. 


click to watch Newsnet 5 story broadcast on April 29, 2014

Zoe and her MomZoe and her mom looking at Andrew’s Artwork

Dr. Laura Milgram and ZoeZoe’s doctor at Rainbow Babies Children’s Hospital Dr. Laura Milgram
talking about Zoe’s Wish

Zoe_Make-A-Wish_RainbowBabies_06from left Dr. Laura Milgram – Zoe’s doctor, Zoe,
Sophia Morton – Vice President of Programs at
Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana,
Lisa White – Wish Program Manager at Make-A-Wish Ohio

-63b6413fcb293294Zoe Watterson was the center of attention during the unveiling of renovations that she asked Make-a-Wish to do on the fifth floor of University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital.
(caption and photo by Barb Galbincea for Cleveland.com)

-3184536876d61875Zoe Watterson takes on her doctor, Michael Konstan, in an impromptu game of air hockey in the renovated space.
(caption and photo by Barb Galbincea for Cleveland.com)

-afe73281826ea660Zoe Watterson checks out the renovated space on the fifth floor of University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital.
(caption and photo by Barb Galbincea for Cleveland.com)

click here to read article
“Westlake teen’s ‘selfless’ wish benefits others at Rainbow”
by Barb Galbincea for Cleveland.com