kim, that was so interesting!! thanks for organizing this fundraiser!!
copying it below for others who can't read long paragraphs and breaking it up.
Artists Wield Paint Brushes in Battle Against Lyme Disease -
Silent Auction of Artists' Connecticut Shoreline Landscapes to Aid Innovative
UNH Lyme Disease Research Group
West Haven, Conn., June 19, 2009--
Armed with little more than paint brushes and a wealth of creativity, more than 15 area artists--including Robert Reynolds of Stony Creek--will unite in the village of Stony Creek, in Branford, Conn., from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 12, 2009, to help a University of New Haven (UNH) researcher wage an unconventional research battle against Lyme disease.
In what has developed into a full-scale paint-a-thon, the professional artists--many of whom are alumni from the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in Old Lyme, Conn.--will set up their easels throughout the picturesque area and create small landscape paintings to be sold during a silent auction later that day.
The auction will be held in the Stony Creek Gallery, 152 Thimble Islands Road, in Branford, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
A suggested $5.00 auction donation will be credited toward the purchase of any of the paintings created earlier in the day.
Other Connecticut artists participating in the event include:
Hannah Baldwin and Maureen Wilkenson, of Stony Creek;
Margaret Dean, of Branford;
Joan Jardine, of Sharon;
Patricia Collins and Kimberly Ruggiero, of Madison;
Ken Dorros, of Glastonbury;
Adrian Waggoner, of New London;
Jan Blencowe, of Clinton and
Paula Billups, of Middletown.
The event is the brainchild of Kimberly Ruggiero, an accomplished artist in her own right, and owner of Ruggiero Gallery in Madison, Conn.
Ruggiero was diagnosed with neurological Lyme disease in 2005.
While attending a Lyme disease symposium at the University of New Haven in 2006, Ruggiero became interested in the pioneering work of Eva Sapi, Ph.D., a UNH associate professor, University Research Scholar and graduate program coordinator at the Department of Biology and Environmental Science.
While the silent auction is taking place, Sapi will lead a community discussion, ``An Update on Lyme Disease,'' from 3:30 to 4 p.m. at the Willoughby Wallace Memorial Library, 146 Thimble Islands Road, Stony Creek, Branford.
Thirty percent of the proceeds from the auction will go to support the research of Sapi and the UNH Lyme Disease Research Group.
Sapi is researching the possibility that Borrelia--the causative agent of Lyme disease--is capable of creating ``biofilm,'' a secretion that renders the bacterium very resistant to antibiotics, which may provide answers to why the disease is so difficult to treat.
She has 20 years of experience in molecular biology and specializes in Lyme-disease related research, and her recent work includes researching the tick population in several Connecticut towns and studying the cystic form of Borrelia.
Due to the lack of accurate testing and a complex presentation of symptoms that may last beyond the standard treatment period, disagreement surrounds many aspects of Lyme disease, including its diagnosis, treatment selection and treatment duration.
Recently, a controversial bill was passed by Connecticut legislators allowing doctors to treat chronic Lyme disease with long-term antibiotics without being prosecuted.
Some opponents of the bill note that they believe chronic Lyme disease is a myth and are concerned about the lasting, harmful effects of long-term antibiotics.
If the bill is signed into law by Connecticut Governor Jodi Rell, Connecticut will be the second state to pass a specific Lyme-disease protection bill.
Artists interested in participating in the event may contact Stony Creek Gallery Director Susan Strickland at 203-208-1990 or visit www.stonycreekgallery.com.
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Hi Cooter, I am working with a stuggling art gallery. To offset her promotional expenses, she takes 20%, all the artists in CT are in financial ruins so they are taking 50% or less if they want to contribute more to the cause.
By doing this, I was able to attract and help artists, the gallery and Dr. Sapi who lives nearby.
We are taking $5.00 donation at the door of which 100% goes to Dr. Sapi.
The unsold art will travel to UNH for exhibition to continue the effort.
In my area of CT (New Haven), people are very divided about Lyme. Especially since all the Yalies live in the area.
I hope to validate Dr. Sapi's research by starting small. Artists are constantly asked to give away their work and I need to support them too.
(I will personally be giving 100% to the cause.) Best, Kim
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