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This specially curated exhibition benefiting The ALS Association Golden West Chapter, was my response to my sister’s ALS diagnosis in July of 2020. Sadly, I live too far away to help her on a regular basis, and I wanted to do something meaningful for her and for others who are facing the challenges of ALS. This exhibition was an effort to raise awareness, which, in turn, would help fund research to more effectively diagnose, treat, manage, and prevent ALS. Art is empowering, so as an artist, I leaned into my craft, and collaborated with others to educate and build awareness about ALS.


Although the in-person exhibition came down on May 27th, 2022, you can still buy artwork featured on the Hope Lives Instagram site and contribute to the ALS Association Golden West Chapter. I'm looking forward to curating another exhibition in May 2023, so stay tuned!

The virtual Collaborative Mandala Art Project associated with the 2022 show continues through October 16, 2022. Click Here for more information or to download your own mandala.

Thank you for your interest in learning more about ALS and how you can help find a cure.

Learn about how Hope Lives: Art for ALS came to be in this interview with Allison Johnston (aka - Fuzzy Grapefruit on Instagram) and me in an interview on April 30, 2022. The topic was how to organize an event for a cause with an artistic lens. Where do you start? How do you find support? And why is it so important to schedule days off?

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Participating Artists:

Julie Armstrong, painter

Paula Boas, painter

Pam Borrelli, photographer

Janice Coddington Rombaugh, printmaker

Mort Cohn, sculptor & painter

Judith Feins, painter

Kathleen Gadway, painter

Barbara Jacobs, painter, print maker, digital art

Lisa McElroy, collage 

Regina Quinn, encaustic painter

Nancy Roberts, painter

Leslie Shafton, encaustic painter

Melissa Stephens, encaustic painter

Please help me thank the following: