Fran Grossman began donating work through The Art Connection in 2008. Since then, 30 of her landscape and cityscape oil paintings and pastels have been brought to life in 20 Boston-area agencies, including four artworks finding homes this fall at Spectrum Adult Day Health Center and Whidden Hospital.
Fran is a member of the Newton Art Association, as well as a professor in the graduate psychology departments at both Boston University and Lesley University. She holds a PhD in clinical psychology and has a deep understanding of the role arts can play to support people who are overcoming difficulties.
Donating her paintings through The Art Connection has meant a lot to her, and she wrote us saying: "I love having so many of my paintings up and enjoyed by many individuals in many agencies that do such important work for us all. I feel that the Art Connection has found good homes for my "children," and it adds another dimension of meaning to the everyday painting process."
Fran has been inspired by Julia Brigg's quote, "Art labours to make whole what is incomplete, to supplement by an act of imagination the fragments and scraps of life", and shares that bringing the "fragments and scraps" of her own life together through creating art is part of what fuels her passion to paint.
The clients and staff at The Art Connection's recipient agencies often comment on how serene, welcoming, and familiar Fran's landscapes and cityscapes are to them. Her use of light and shadow, reflections, and realistic interpretations of nature, wildlife, and architecture has piqued people's curiosity and often reminded them of a place or a time they enjoy recalling.
At Hope House, an 80-bed residential treatment program for male alcoholics and substance abusers in need of help and willing to commit to recovery, Alaskan Wolf (pictured left) was selected in December 2010. Residents felt the wolf was something that both represented them and could be an inspiration to them as they tapped their own courage and cunning to overcome their addictions- sometimes alone and other times with a lot of support. One man in particular, a client under the age of 20, felt it was an important image to integrate into their space and was happy when "Alaskan Wolf" was agreed upon by the Hope House art selection committee.
"The Art Connection is a wonderful organization that makes everyone happy," Fran told us. We are certainly happy to connect people in the Boston community to Fran Grossman's work, and it is evident that our recipient agencies are glad to have it to integrate it into their spaces in order to enhance the level of care they provide their clients.
Visit Fran's website at www.frangrossmanart.com to explore her artwork and learn more.