Local Artists’ Work Showcased at ‘The Art Link Gallery at Jefferson Health Cherry Hill’
Exiting a traditional, concrete parking garage, the last thing one would expect to next encounter is a colorful, vibrant art display. Jefferson Health has recently implemented just that, as part of the ongoing transformation of its Cherry Hill Hospital campus.
The July 2017, Phase I completion of the overall $200 million project not only featured a new Medical Office Building, spacious atrium lobby, and enclosed parking garage, but also “The Art Link Gallery at Jefferson Health Cherry Hill” — an ongoing art display featuring the work of artists, from Camden and Gloucester counties, where Jefferson’s three New Jersey hospitals are based.
Located in the first floor between the garage and atrium lobby, the art gallery can also be seen by patients through their windows in certain rooms on the first to third floors, according to Christina Romano, Campus Director of Service Excellence and Guest Relations. The popular art display is curated by local artist and hospital donor, Carol Gartzman Gooberman.
“Because we are a community hospital, we feature artwork selected from Carol’s network of fellow artists,” Romano said. “Carol works with an art consultant on ‘install day’ to arrange the artwork.” Besides aesthetics, Romano said the art gallery strives to create an “atmosphere of healing and wellness,” as a place to “relax and recharge, away from a ‘hospital space.’”
The art gallery simultaneously features multiple artists’ work, some of which is available for purchase. Proceeds go directly back to the artist.
Further plans call for artwork by seniors at Cherry Hill High School West, Cherry Hill High School East, and Camden Catholic High School.
“We would also like to exhibit our employees’ artwork in the future,” Romano said, noting that the exhibit is switched out every six weeks or so, and often ties in with the current season.
Gooberman has strong ties to both the local art community and Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital. She currently teaches adult painting and drawing classes in Haddonfield; prior, she owned and taught at The Art Depot in Merchantville from 1987 to 1998, and participated in many local arts and crafts festivals. Carol’s first husband and father-in-law — Dr. Alan Gartzman and Dr. N. Harry Gartzman, respectively — were attending physicians at the hospital. Before Alan was tragically killed in a car accident in 1985, he and Carol’s current husband, Dr. Bruce Gooberman, were orderlies at the hospital in the 1970s.
“Alan’s dad and I started the Alan Z. Gartzman, D.O. Memorial Fund, and the hospital’s Fifth Floor Conference Room is named after him,” Carol recalls. “My family and I had toured the new hospital lobby, and I mentioned to Christina that I was an artist. One thing led to another, and I was asked to curate the art gallery.”
One of the first steps she took to get the project launched: “I emailed all my artist friends and they were thrilled to display their work,” Gooberman said.
To read more about The Art Link, as covered by The Cherry Hill Sun, click here.