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Art for the cure

"There's no other place else you see anything like this," he said.

It is also unique in the type of art is being presented to patients, said Rivers. While each different type of art might be seen in a separate gallery, this is bringing the works together and introducing them to a wide audience.

"It runs the gamut," Rivers said. "You might have to go to different kinds of galleries to see the different type of collections. Some are more contemporary, some are more traditional, some are photography. But we've kind of brought a lot of things to the masses who would never be caught in a gallery."

The gallery is kept fresh, with the art being rotated among the 90 different local artists participating.

There have even been some patients who have contributed their own work to the gallery.

"We've had several patients who have seen the work, who then approached us to participate," said Rivers.

The art has already touched people young and old.

Watsky described the story of a little girl who was crying after she was diagnosed with diabetes but discovered the jewelry for sale through Art de Cure and had a change of mood.

"She was brought over to the case jewelry so she could get a custom-made medical bracelet, and it kind of eased her angst about what went on," she said.

There was also a couple that had come in on their anniversary and the wife saw a piece she liked. Once she went into the room for her appointment, the husband bought it for her as a gift.

But the art is not available just for the patients as the office is open to the public, even after hours, with volunteers from the practice selling the art and working the jewelry stand.

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