About Healing Art Works
Healing Art Works is a recognized non-profit organization founded from my personal mission to honor the life of my deceased sister, Sue F. Alexander Tressler, by donating original artwork to hospitals and medical facilities. Throughout her many stays at various hospital rooms, we commented on how uplifting it would be to have original art in patient and treatment spaces. Sue had a great appreciation for the arts and would be pleased with our work
Healing Art Works would not be possible without the support and talents of many. Artists nationwide have donated their artwork. Businesses have shared their expertise and support. Individuals who believe in our work have made financial donations, and many have given hours of volunteer service. The Board has worked tirelessly to advance our goals. Each member brings a special talent to complement the Board's work. I deep appreciate and thank all those involved.
“It was a privilege to found Healing Art Works in honor of my sister, Sue Frances Alexander Tressler who passed away in 2002. She would be pleased that our organization has donated hundreds of paintings to medical facilities for the benefit of patients.
"I am so thankful for all those who have served on our board; all the wonderful artists who have donated their original artwork; and to all the volunteers who help us reach our goals.” – Dorothy Alexander Muccilli
Dorothy Alexander Muccilli,
Founder and Secretary
Founder of Healing Art Works, Dorothy recently stepped down as CEO and President. She remains on the Board in the position of Secretary. Dorothy has worn many hats; elementary school teacher, library and school volunteer, has served on numerous non-profit boards, designed needlework books, quilted, and was an exhibiting watercolorist. She now only paints for Healing Art Works and family and friends.
With a background in marketing and business development, Allison serves on the Board and functions as Director for Healing Art Works. She graduated from Penn State with a BA in Advertising and worked as a professional marketer for more than a decade before leaving the full-time work world to focus on her family. She has continued to do occasional marketing consulting and is an active volunteer at her children's schools.
Allison enjoys the never-ending projects around her old home; cooking, baking, exercising, traveling, and reading.
Dr. Sharon Marshall
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April Charleston, Esq.
April has been an artist since childhood, favoring charcoal and pastel, jewelry-making, pottery, knitting, and sewing. Determined to marry her passion for the arts and her career, April obtained her J.D. at Brooklyn Law School and now represents artists, galleries, and estates at her Chester County law firm, The Charleston Firm. She lives in West Chester with her husband and two young children.
Art Submission Chair
Lisa comes from an IT background and serves on the Healing Art Works' Board as Art Submission Coordinator. She loves gardening and cooking, and is a painter working most often in oils. She participates in several art shows and plein air events annually. She has donated her art to every Healing Art Works project, and became a board member after experience the loss of her sister in 2009.
Robert W. Sweeney, PhD, is Professor of Art Education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He completed his doctoral work at Pennsylvania State University and joined the IUP faculty in 2004. His research interests are primarily in the areas of digital visual culture, digital games, and mobile digital media. Dr. Sweeney is a published author and editor of many art journals. Dr. Sweeney is also an active artist, having earned his MFA from Maryland Institute, College of Art in 2000. He creates large-scale installations and mixed-media drawing and paintings on themes of dysfunctional communication and utopian architectures.