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Western Reserve Hospital Art Exhibit Connects with 84th Anniversary of Founder’s Day

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Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, June 3, 2019 - Western Reserve Hospital’s Healing HeART Exhibit is now featuring Carolyn Thompson’s “Portraits and Places”, which includes portraits of local and regional friends and acquaintances as well as local places with strong emotional resonance, especially to those in recovery.

The art show directly connects with the upcoming 84th anniversary of Founder’s Day on June 10 as it contains a series of colorful, limited-edition prints depicting historical residencies and places to add positivity to the stories behind the role of our region in the history of recovery.

Founder’s Day was established in 1935 when Bill W., a New York stockbroker, and Dr. Bob S., an Akron surgeon, met. Bill had gotten sober, worked with other alcoholics but no one else recovered, until Dr. Bob arrived. Together, they immediately began helping other alcoholics at Akron City Hospital and over four years, 100 alcoholics reached sobriety.

Alcoholics Anonymous, a text written by Bill explaining the methods and philosophy of their work, now known as the Twelve Steps of Recovery, was published in early 1939.  The text was reinforced by dozens of recovered alcoholics and triggered rapid development of A.A. through newspaper articles, magazines and newly-established groups nationwide. By 1950, 100,000 recovered alcoholics were found around the world, a group that continues to grow daily.

Thompson hopes her artwork captures some psychological tension that reminds viewers of someone they know or remember from their lives. Viewers might even see part of themselves in each portrait, feeling hope and human connectedness. Painting from life experiences allows her to mirror the present moment – the day’s mood and the current social climate.

“I hope this body of artwork captures the strength of spirit of each sitter in an honest manner,” says Thompson.

Her work is held in multiple private collections and has been displayed extensively and locally at the Box Gallery, Summit Art Space, Myers School of Art and the Cuyahoga Valley Art Center.

For commissions, graphic design and scheduled art shows, contact:
Carolyn Thompson
Instagram: @thompson_carolyn
Call or text: (903) 413-2511

For more information on Founder’s Day, visit