Engine announces “Beautify in Blue” a mini-exhibition to benefit the U.S. Pain Foundation

Biddeford, ME – Engine, in partnership with the University of New England’s Center for Excellence in Neuroscience and the U.S. Pain Foundation, will mount an exhibition featuring original works of art done in blue, with a portion of the proceeds of any sales benefitting the US Pain Foundation. The exhibition opening will be held at Engine during August 29 from 5-8pm coinciding with the monthly Biddeford+Saco ArtWalk.

The show will feature work done primarily blue and no larger than 10×10 and available for sale. Representatives from the U.S. Pain Foundation will be on hand during the opening event to answer questions about their foundation’s efforts, as well as students and faculty of the University of New England.

“Pain may change our bodies but can not change our spirits, an amazing event and project like this proves that people with pain can live fulfilling and hopeful lives despite the pain. We are ever grateful to Engine for helping people with pain realize they are more than their pain,” Paul Gileno, Founder/President, U.S. Pain Foundation.

“We were thrilled upon learning that the local artists of Biddeford, through Engine, were so open to the idea of showing their support for the pain community,” explains Shaina Smith, Director of Ambassadors & Advocates for the U.S. Pain Foundation. “Having worked alongside fellow chronic pain survivors, I have seen first-hand how beneficial and therapeutic various forms of art and other creative activities can be. For some it’s a temporary escape from the realities and challenges caused by our conditions. For others it is the easiest form of self-expression when words cannot do justice to the emotions felt as the result of chronic pain. We thank Engine and the community for embracing our pain awareness campaign and efforts.”

Dr. Ed Bilsky, Vice President for Research and Scholarship at the University of New England, adds “Chronic pain is arguably this Nations number one health problem given the sheer numbers of people directly or indirectly impacted by the disease and the associated economic and social impacts. Community programs that raise public awareness of pain and its treatment provide tremendous value to the stakeholders and helps focus discussions and resources that improve human health. The work that Engine and the U.S. Pain Foundation are doing is complementary to the pain education and research programs taking place at the University of New England.”

“Shedding light on issues that people are struggling with every day is one of the powerful roles that art and artists can play in our lives,” says Tammy Ackerman, executive director of Engine. “People who are dealing with pain in their own lives many times turn to art to help cope. People have been so generous to Engine and this is a chance to pay it forward.”

For more information:

Contact Tammy Ackerman at ENGINE or 207.370.9130.
Office hours: Tuesday through Friday from 1pm-6pm.

ENGINE, located in the heart of Biddeford, Maine, is a non-profit arts organization.  Engine’s mission is to make arts-driven programming, cultural development, and sustainable creative entrepreneurialism an explicit community value and civic priority in Biddeford. ENGINE is the home to the Maine Fablab in addition to running at contemporary gallery space at 265 Main street.

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND CENTER FOR EXCELLENCE IN THE NEUROSCIENCES aims to foster creativity and collaboration among people who have a passion for understanding the complexities of the nervous system and applying this knowledge to improve human health, productivity and quality of life.

U.S. PAIN FOUNDATION is based in Middlebury Connecticut and was created by people with pain for people with pain. As a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to serving those who live with pain conditions and their care providers, U.S. Pain Foundation exists to help individuals find resources and inspiration. Their mission is simple: to educate, connect, inform, advocate and empower those living with pain. In addition we work to educate the public on pain issues and to raise awareness on pain in America. The foundation recognizes and validates the 100 million Americans who battle pain every day by offering positive programs that empower and educate, being a source of support and hope, encouraging others to share personal stories and advocating for proper medical care.