Young Artists to Support Children's Hospital at Strong

April 10, 2000

More than 25 children and adults will sell their artwork from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 4, at the Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave.

Some 150 oils, watercolors, pastels on velour, and acrylics will be on display and for sale. The works include impressionism, realism, and a series of reproductions of some works by the "Canadian Group of Seven." Proceeds benefit Children's Hospital at Strong.

Three artists are particularly excited to support the hospital. For instance, Taylor Hale, 19, was born with severe neurological problems, including cerebral palsy and congenital sensory neuropathy. The Webster teen can't feel anything in his extremities, yet his paintings are superb.

"It takes me longer than other kids to create a painting," Taylor says, "but I don't mind because I like it."

Casey Olesky, 16, suffered a stroke when he was a child. He has a severe form of epilepsy, no use of his right hand, and only limited use of his right leg. Even so, Casey, of Greece, is able to create beautiful paintings that many people enjoy.

Another young artist, Katie Sanders, is a 13-year-old Penfield girl receiving chemotherapy treatment for bone cancer. She continues to paint between her treatments.

"Katie is a remarkable girl," explains Dr. David Korones, Katie's physician at Children's Hospital at Strong. "She has faced pain and adversity, and handled it with stress and resilience. Despite the gravity of her disease, and the rigors of therapy, she lives her life with a smile to its richest and fullest."

Everyone is invited to the show to see and purchase the remarkable works of art by Taylor, Casey, Katie and many others. Admission is $10 per person. For more information, call 273-5948.

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