Artists illustrate ways to fight pediatric cancer

Two CCAA exhibitions focus on childhood victims

Artist-photographer Cris Staley Hutchinson chronicles her daughter’s battle with cancer in a film and installation called “Fighting Bear.”

Artist-photographer Cris Staley Hutchinson chronicles her daughter’s battle with cancer in a film and installation called “Fighting Bear.”

Two new exhibits by different artists at the Chester County Art Association (CCAA) will support the battle against pediatric cancer.

An exhibition by painter Annette Alessi, “Capturing a Moment in Time: Dedicated to a Brave Little Soul,” opens Saturday at the association’s Exton Square Studio. The show will include roughly 30 original paintings; giclee prints will also be available.  Twenty percent of the net profits will be donated to the Cancer Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to help find a cure for pediatric cancer.  The exhibition honors Liam James Kane, 2000-2005, a close family friend of the artist.

A free public reception will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Alessi’s goal is to raise $3,000 for the hospital.  The exhibition will run through May 31, and in addition to purchasing art, visitors can also buy $10 “chances” to win an original commissioned portrait of your child by Alessi or a framed giclee print of her piece “Trunk Bay Beach.” For more information, visit: www.alessicreations.com/chop.

 

 

An exhibition by painter Annette Alessi, including “Trunk Bay Beach,” will be on display through May 31. Twenty percent of the proceeds from sales will benefit Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s pediatric cancer research.

An exhibition by painter Annette Alessi, including “Trunk Bay Beach,” will be on display through May 31. Twenty percent of the proceeds from sales will benefit Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s pediatric cancer research.

A short film and installation focusing on childhood cancer will be presented Sunday at the art association’s West Chester location. “Fighting Bear,” a film by local artist-photographer Cris Staley Hutchinson will be screened twice during a program that runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Staley Hutchinson’s daughter won an arduous battle with cancer and this installation and film engage with that chapter of the family’s lives. This one-night exhibition and film, which will be shown at 6 p.m. and again at 7 p.m., is free and open to the public.

The Chester County Art Association, located at 100 N. Bradford Ave., West Chester, is open 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; admission is free.   The association’s Exton Square Studio is located on the first floor of the Exton Square Mall near Boscov’s. Hours are Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 The Chester County Art Association is a non-profit, cultural organization that has been promoting participation in the arts through quality instruction, exhibitions, and community outreach since 1931. For more information, call 610-696-5600 or visit http://www.chestercountyarts.org.

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