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Lambertville artist offers new way to access power of art

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Lambertville, N.J.-based artist Kelly Sullivan offers a new way to access the power of art – online through Paint.Team.

“Art has the power to transform our lives in so many ways. Science proves it. Business leaders need it. We help them access it, collaboratively, through a new web-based tool we developed called Paint.Team,” said Sullivan, a pioneer in collaborative art.

A recent study published by the World Health Organization (WHO)1 confirms that the arts have a robust impact on both mental and physical health, further validating Sullivan’s lifelong work.

“I was not surprised to see the results of the WHO report, said Sullivan.

For 25 years, she has been creating FingerSmears: large commemorative works of art created using “smears” of paint from hundreds or thousands of people on one canvas.

Under her direction, tens of thousands of people, from The Rolling Stones to Bruce Springsteen, to Fortune 500 CEOs, to adolescent girls around the world, have all dipped their fingers in Kelly’s paint to create large-scale paintings that demonstrate the vibrancy and richness in community.

Sullivan wanted to reach further, do more, and include more people from all over the world. She dreamed of evolving the FingerSmear into a digital platform that could do just that.

She enlisted the talents of Doug Moreland, a software entrepreneur, and Haley Manchon, a young designer, and together they launched a web application called Paint.Team. This “digital FingerSmear” allows thousands to participate in one piece of art from anywhere in the world using their own computers or smartphones.

The New Jersey Education Association sponsored a Paint.Team art piece; the Delaware River Towns Chamber of Commerce invited the community to collaborate on a Paint.Team Shad Festival art poster; and Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton, N.J., has requested six Paint.Team art pieces that will involve participation from the staff and some patients.

Right now, anyone in the country can log on to paint.team and help create a piece of fan art for The Rolling Stones.

“It’s exciting to bridge the fluidity of art with the structure of science and business,” Sullivan said. “To be part of that fusion is an inspiring adventure for everyone involved.”


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