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Updated 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 this past March, 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 September.

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October 5, 2018

Gail arrived at her Creative Access residency (residency award for writers and artists with spinal cord injuries) at PLAYA in Summer Lake, Oregon on September 23rd, and nothing could have prepared her for the outstanding beauty of this place. Due to the wildfires and smoke, her residency was pushed to begin on Sept 23 instead of Sept 3. 11 days have passed with many more to go but time and ideas are already taking flight!

Check out Gail’s album of photos from PLAYA and stay tuned for more wonder!

July 30, 2018

StudioSwan takes a Bubble Break!

Tom and Gail took a 5-minute (maybe longer) bubble break to celebrate 35 years of Help Hope Live. #LifeIsFragile…but hope and community support can make all the difference.

Help Hope Live has supported community-based fundraising to help families in medical crisis afford the care they need. They have been a crucial part in Gail’s journey to recovery and we cannot thank them enough for all the work that they do. We highly recommend you take your own bubble break and soak in all the beauty that surrounds you!

Simply blow bubbles in a video or photo and post it to social with #BubbleBreak35 and @helphopeliveorg. When you’re done, you can also donate $35 to the nonprofit in the name of hope. More info at!

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August 25, 2018

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

Leah Goodnight

July 30, 2018

Glad to see you on your feet and see the excitement in your face!

Andrew Soulimiotis

July 30, 2018

Wishing you health and happiness - and safe and magical journeys ahead.

Adrienne Anbinder

July 26, 2018

One of Gail's paintings is on the cover of one of my CD's. A couple of her charcoals grace our living room and a print of one of her paintings glows in our bedroom. She is the most gifted of artists and our job is to provide a platform for her to spread the light of her artistic vision out into the world.

Paul Reisler