October 11, 2010

Facing Parkinson Disease: Exhibit November 1st

They are diverse groups that garner national attention for their high caliber talent and cutting-edge work. Now, Sarasota's arts and medical communities will join forces to bring attention to a devastating disease on the Suncoast.

Sarasota artists and the nationally acclaimed Neuro Challenge Foundation will provide an unprecedented, artistic view of Parkinson patients and their families in all stages of life at “Facing Parkinson Disease,” a one-week exhibit at The Art Center of Sarasota, November 1-5.

Intimate photo essays by notable local photographers will showcase area families living with Parkinson Disease, while guests view an extraordinary mixed media presentation featuring works from Parkinson inspired artists.

"It makes so much sense for us to work together," says photographer and Suncoast celebrity Cliff Roles. "Who better to show this community a disease affecting thousands in our own backyard?"

You can see the work of Roles and other artists, patients and doctors, and meet them as well, at the opening reception. It happens at The Art Center of Sarasota on Monday, November 1 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Hundreds are expected to attend the opening ceremony to show their support.

"You'll be surprised at the way the disease affects people, and I think you'll be surprised at the people you'll recognize at the exhibit. They are your neighbors and friends, and you may not even know they are struggling with this frustrating condition," says Neuro Challenge Foundation President and CEO Doreen Sutherland.

Selected art from Parkinson patients and caregivers will be auctioned at the reception. Suggested donation is $15 at the door and includes wine, light fare, and inspiring music. All proceeds benefit Neuro Challenge Foundation, an IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of Parkinson Disease patients and their caregivers.

About Neuro Challenge Foundation: Neuro Challenge Foundation (NCF) is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of people with Parkinson Disease and their caregivers through service, education and research. NCF funds programs and activities that promise to ease the burden of Parkinson Disease through patient-centered professional education, community forums and scientific and clinical research. Patients, caregivers and nationally recognized scientific experts advise us and lead the way as we invest in the science and services that will lead to a cure. For more information, please call (888) 623-4483 or visit www.neurochallenge.org.