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Campaign for Post-Surgery Recovery and Creative Access Residency

Artist Gail Foster has come a long way since her catastrophic fall and spinal cord injury in 2013. Since her most recent surgery in March 2018, she continues to gain strength and endurance every day, but it does not come without an enormous amount of assistance. Post-surgery recovery requires an endless list of appointments, medication, co-payments, physical therapy, and more. This is an ongoing journey that she is continuing to push through, and it’s crucial now more than ever as Gail approaches a huge opportunity in May 2019 to complete her residency at PLAYA.

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January 18, 2019

Gail and Tom are currently traveling to the Umstead Gallery in North Carolina for their joint exhibition!
The opening reception is tomorrow night, January 17th at 6pm. Gail’s work in that exhibition is primarily based on her Creative Access Residency experience this past fall at PLAYA, funded by the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation.

Please check out Gail’s Photo Albums to see some of the works at the exhibition.


“The Umstead Hotel and Spa is pleased to welcome husband and wife duo Thomas Swanston and Gail Foster and their joint exhibit, “A Reimagined Slice in Time,” to The Gallery. Join us January 17th for an art lecture followed by a chance to mingle with the artists at a welcome reception. Residing in Atlanta, this dynamic couple concentrate on the rhythmic changes in life but from very different perspectives. Both specialize in contemporary art filled with organic imagery and opulent color but while Swanston utilizes golds, silvers, and coppers in his depictions of migratory sandhill cranes, Foster illuminates her figures by surrounding them in jeweled darkness.”

“Lecture will begin at 6:00 pm in the Salon, followed by a reception in the Art Gallery and includes wine and passed hors d’oeuvres. Kindly speak with our Reservations Department at 919-447-4050 to reserve your place.”

Their work will be on display at the Umstead Gallery through March 2019.
100 Woodland Pond Dr,
Cary, NC 27513

December 21, 2018

Gail had an inspirational time at her five-week Creative Access Award residency at PLAYA — however, during her stay, she struggled with several serious health issues. Since her return in late October, we’ve dealt with numerous doctor and ER visits and persistent symptoms that are making it very challenging for Gail to work, participate in physical therapy and daily life.

What’s next for Gail:
– Iron and IVIG infusions, then doctor consultations
– Monitoring her Iron, glucose, white blood cell count, hemoglobin, and blood pressure levels

How you can help right now:
Gail needs not just emotional and physical support but also help to pay for critical medical care before the end of this year. You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to the nonprofit Help Hope Live in honor of Gail. Please consider making a contribution today.

Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity.

Warm wishes and Happy Holidays,

Tom Swanston

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May 16, 2019

So happy to see you doing this, Gail. You are one tough, determined, cookie! XOXO

Janice Barton

January 3, 2019

Dearest Gail , I am praying for your “Full Recovery “ !!

Linda Guydon

December 19, 2018

Sending prayers for wholeness.

Pamela Bakal Pamela Bakal

August 25, 2018

Go Gail!! We can't wait to have your beautiful artwork at The Umstead's Gallery soon.

Leah Goodnight