Ginny Zanger is an artist and an avid scuba diver and is drawn to the unique colors and light she experiences while weightless underwater. Trees are also a great source of inspiration. Ginny works in watercolor and monotype and creates much of her work to share her love of nature.
Five of her donations have been selected by committees from Massasoit Community College in Brockton, Cambridge Health Alliance at Somerville Hospital, and Toward Independent Living and Learning in Watertown. Two works were selected to be a part of the Elder Service Plan in Winthrop’s collection.
At the Elder Service Plan, participating clients (residents over the age of 55 who need transitional care after a hospitalization and with dementia who require specialized care) are spending time looking at Ginny’s watercolor monotypes, “Glacial Sea” and “Moving Water” in their rotunda where they can sit and enjoy the sea-themed artwork. Staff at the agency has told us that the residents are spending more time in the rotunda now and love to talk about the fish, the coral, and the blue swirling water rendered in Ginny’s works.
Ginny first heard about The Art Connection during our presentation to the Jamaica Plain Artists Association in 2009. She says: “I was impressed by the genius of the Art Connection’s mission and how well it was implemented.” Ginny donated her first works to The Art Connection in November 2010 and tells us that “after a long career in urban education and advocacy, I am now painting fulltime, and grateful for the opportunity that The Art Connection offers”.
When we placed our 5,000th work at United Residents in Academy Homes in March, Ginny came to help us celebrate. She was excited that she “got to hear first-hand from residents there just how those lofty words, “enrich and empower under-served communities by expanding access to original works of art”, have become a reality in their lives.”
Ginny participated in Jamaica Plain’s Open Studios, and currently has a show, Edges of America, up at UFORGE Gallery until October 9. Check out her website to stay tuned. Ginny has a solo exhibition coming up at the Massachusetts State House in April 2012!