Imagine walking into your doctor’s office and instead of facing blank walls, you are surrounded by a gallery of original art work to enjoy, while you wait. Art de Cure, a collaboration between art and medicine, provides such galleries in medical offices throughout the Capital region in New York, while raising money for charities.
On December 5th, 2013, the third Starry Night for CMT Art de Cure gallery reception and silent auction, which took place at Clinical Prosthetics + Orthotics (CPO, raised over $2, 800 for the Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association (CMTA), adding to the $20,000 previously raised (with matching funds from a board member of the CMTA). At this event, the gallery was dedicated in honor of talented artist, Christine A. Hook, who volunteered as gallery coordinator for a year before she passed away.
Jackie Watsky, president of Art de Cure presented a plaque, which will remain on display at the CPO gallery which states, “The Christine Hook gallery to benefit CMT. This ADC gallery at CPO is dedicated to helping people with Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease and sharing Christine’s love of art.”
The mission of the CMTA, a 501(C)(3)nonprofit organization founded in 1983, is to generate the resources to find a cure, to create awareness, and to improve the quality of life for those affected by Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) nerve disorder. CMT, which affects 1 out of every 2,500 people, damages peripheral nerves connecting the brain and spinal cord to muscles and sensory organs. This nerve damage, or neuropathy, leads to muscle weakness and wasting, in legs, feet, arms and hands. For more information visit www.cmtausa.org
Art de Cure depends on volunteers to establish and coordinate the galleries, hang the art work, plan the events, organize and maintain the financial paperwork and web site. Interested volunteers can contact Jackie Watsky, President of Art de Cure at Jackie@artdecure.com
Medical practices interested in hosting an Art de Cure Gallery in their office and artists wishing to participate can contact Art de Cure at Jackie@artdecure.com.