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Art for the cure

People can experience a certain anxiety waiting in a doctor's office, something not easily offset by the bare walls and the outdated magazines. But members of a Capital District art group are trying to revolutionize the way people look at doctors' offices and immerse them in the local art scene.

Colonie residents Susan Rivers and Jackie Watsky are founders of Art de Cure, a not-for-profit group that is attempting to bridge the gap between medicine and art. It also provides an opportunity for those who might not usually find themselves in an art gallery to experience one without even realizing it.

It's original by local artists, said Watsky. "Susan and I have been friends for a number of years, and we had been brainstorming ways to promote regional art in not necessarily a traditional gallery setting so you could reach more people. In other words, to bring art to the community rather than have the community come to the art."

The first gallery to open up in a doctor's office was at the Endocrine Group, LLP on Washington Avenue last April. More than half of the art on display was sold, according to Rivers. When a piece is sold, a portion of the funds go to the artist and another goes to a charity of the office's choice.

The Endocrine Group, LLP has chosen to donate its part of the proceeds to the American Diabetes Association (ADA). And since the opening, Art de Cure has raised more than $12,000 for ADA.

But the group does hope to expand and start galleries in other offices.

"This is our flagship gallery," Watsky said. "This is the prototype of how we'd like other ones to look."

Watsky's husband, Dr. Jay Watsky of the Endocrine Group, LLP, said he hopes to see it expand.

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