Lovecures: A Contemporary Art Benefit Auction

Miami Art Space. February 5th, 2009. 6:30 p.m.  Miami Art Space. Miami ArtsMiami Art Space and Band of Parents Foundation present Love Cures, a contemporary charity art auction benefiting the advancement of pediatric cancer research. Over forty established and emerging artists including Yoko Ono, William Wegman and Pablo Cano have interpreted their love of giving into a unique work of art for this heart-warming exhibition event. The silent auction evening will take place on Thursday, February 5th, 2009 at 6:30pm at Miami Art Space.

One-hundred percent of the proceeds from the Love Cures auction will be donated to the Band of Parents Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to neuroblastoma research at one of the world’s leading institutions, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Neuroblastoma is a childhood cancer of the sympathetic nervous system, with diagnoses occurring on average at approximately 17 months of age.  Children diagnosed before the age of 18 months have a high survival rate, but high-risk children diagnosed before age five only have about a 30 percent chance to live.  The cause of neuroblastoma is unknown, though it is believed to be an accidental cell growth that occurs during normal development of the adrenal glands.  Increased awareness and research is needed to find a cure for the 650 children diagnosed every year. 
Carolina Salazar, the event organizer for LoveCures, came up with the idea when she was informed by doctors at Miami Children’s Hospital that her nine-month old son had a rare and potentially fatal form of cancer called neuroblastoma. Undergoing bone marrow biopsies, surgery, chemotherapy, CT-scans, X-rays and numerous MRI’s before his first birthday, Salazar chose to fight as passionately for a cure as her son was fighting for survival. 
“Working in the arts administrative field and practicing art for most of my life, an art auction was the clear vehicle of choice to help bring awareness to this deadly disease,” said Salazar. “I believe that art has the power to heal, to inspire and to even transform a person’s life. Thanks to the arts community and to generous supporters, Love Cures comprises an inspirational selection of works created in a variety of mediums and perspectives.” 
Participating artists: Ray Azcuy, George Bethea, Pablo Cano, Rosemarie Chiarlone, Elisabeth Condon, Adalberto Delgado, Carlos DeVillasante, Franklin Einspruch, Priscilla Ferguson, Daniel Fiorda, Lucie Forrest, Andy Gambrell, Rebecca Guarda, Joshua Levine, Stephanie Lee-Jones, Peter Lik, Emilio Martinez, Beatriz Monteavero, Mile Murtanovski, Michele OkaDoner, Yoko Ono, Josephina Posch,  Darren Price, Ralph Provisero, Brian Reedy, Carolina Salazar, Yolanda Sanchez, Carolina Sardi, Claudia Scalise, Diego Singh, Eugenia Vargas, William Wegman, Michelle Weinberg, Annie Wharton and Laena Wilder.
Miami Art Space
244 NW 35th Street
Miami, FL 33127

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