The Garner Arts Center and the Global Healthy Living Foundation present “Delilah Blue Flynn & Magdalena Truchan On Pins and Needles: Accessible Burlesque & the Art of Ornement”


GARNERVILLE, NY – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – GARNER Arts Center and the Global Healthy Living Foundation, parent organization of the international digital patient community CreakyJoints, will present an exhibition of works by illustrator Delilah Blue Flynn and graphic designer and knitter Magdalena Truchan, On pins and needles: accessible burlesque and the art of adornment. On pins and needles highlights and redefines the standard of beauty with an exploration of disability, seen through the prism of the aesthetics of mid-twentieth century pin-up illustration and the abilities of those we classify as disabled. The exaggerated sexuality of the pin-up illustration makes it an ideal medium for exploring society’s discomfort in merging stereotypical images of beauty with disability. The free exhibition will be open to the public on Saturdays, starting with the opening on Saturday, December 18, 2021, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., until Saturday, February 5, 2022, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Twenty illustrations (13 x 19 “) in ink and marker on paper will highlight women with a wide range of disabilities including autism, blindness and depression. Delilah Blue Flynn describes the original idea of this exhibition in these terms: “Magdalena wondered why there are no interesting and modern depictions of people with disabilities in art? She wanted to see women portrayed as not only sexually desirable, but also elegant. , kind of like the mid-twentieth century pin-ups she collects, so I chose to portray her as a modern-day pin-up on wheels.

The two soon realized that it was an artistic expression that touched people and had an impact. Magdalena and Delilah decided to develop this by creating a series that would feature people with disabilities who are not defined by limitations.

“It is important to celebrate disability and to showcase the multifaceted nature of people with both invisible and visible disabilities. This exhibit provides a space to explore sexuality and sensuality while dispelling beauty myths that negatively impact people who do not meet societal “beauty standards”. Said Joseph M. Coe, MPA, Director of Education and Digital Strategy, Global Healthy Living Foundation.

Magdalena’s love and interest in fashion led her to turn to knitting. She wanted to design unique elegant pieces that also adapt to people with reduced mobility. Her hand-knitted scarves are an expression of her keen sense of fashion and her love for fiber craftsmanship. Influenced by Japanese and Italian designers as well as the textiles themselves, these scarves are not only utilitarian but also works of art. Magdalena will showcase eight hand-knitted wraps on full-size hand-painted mannequins designed by local artists.

“Over 60 million Americans have some kind of disability. This exhibition offers a new perspective on how and where these people, especially women, can be represented. You wouldn’t expect pin-up art and adaptive fashion to be intertwined, but these two artists did it with a style and grace that speaks to their distinct sensibilities. It’s exciting to see Magda and Delilah team up to present these essential pieces, ”said Jesse Heffler, Director of Programs and Operations, GARNER Arts Center

About the artists:

Delilah Blue Flynn graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York with a BFA in Illustration, where her art was featured on the 2015 Junior Thesis Show. Her work has been featured in various galleries in New York City and the Valley of the Hudson, and has illustrated several children’s books, including Bradley, what are you doing? and King O ‘Cats. She currently resides in the Hudson Valley with her two excitable Australian Shepherds. Her work can be found at



Madeleine Truchan holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design and Painting from Purchase College State University of New York. In 2013, she created a fashion and lifestyle blog Additionally, she creates humorous videos on a variety of topics, sits on the board of directors of the nonprofit arts organization Haverstraw Riverwide Arts, and seeks to find a filter for her unwavering sense of humor. She currently resides in Rockland County, NY.




Optional reservations and Covid security:

Reservations are encouraged, but during gallery opening hours visitors without reservations are welcome. If capacity is reached, visitors can wait to be admitted on a first come, first served basis. Masks are mandatory. The GARNER Arts Center follows New York State’s COVID security protocols for our visitors and staff. Thank you for your understanding and for helping us to stay safe.

Exhibition details:

The opening reception in person will take place on Saturday, December 18, 2021 from 3 pm to 7 pm in building 35. To confirm your attendance, contact the Center des arts GARNER at [email protected] You can also send an email to take appointment for a private tour.

Thereafter, the free exhibition will be open on Saturdays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. until February 5, 2022. (Closed on Christmas and New Years.)

GARNER Arts Center is located at 55 West Railroad Avenue, Garnerville, NY 10923. Contact: (845) 947-7108

The GARNER Arts Center is supported by the New York State Council for the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, as well as the County Bureau of Tourism and Economic Development from Rockland.

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About the Global Healthy Living Foundation

The Global Healthy Living Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for people with chronic conditions (such as arthritis, osteoporosis, migraine, psoriasis, inflammatory bowel disease and cardiovascular disease) advocate for better access to health care at community, state and federal levels, and amplify education and awareness efforts through its social media . GHLF is also a strong advocate for vaccines. The Global Healthy Living Foundation is the parent organization of CreakyJoints®, the digital community for millions of arthritis patients and caregivers around the world seeking education, support, activism and patient-centered research through our ArthritisPower® Research Registry ( ). In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, GHLF launched a patient support program, informed by a patient council made up of people living with a wide range of chronic conditions, which now serves more than 30,000 people. Via CreakyJoints, GHLF also hosts PainSpot (, a digital risk assessment tool for musculoskeletal disorders and injuries, and eRheum (, for telehealth and virtual care support. Visit for more information.

Acknowledgments and additional sponsors:

  • Garner Historic District in New York

  • New York State of Opportunity | Arts Council

  • Rockland County Tourism

  • City of Haverstraw

  • West Haverstraw Village

  • Models on loan from the Daniel and Trudy Regan Foundation


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