Art for the cure

"The practice is giving really generously of its staff time, its space, and when we have our opening receptions for each new show, the reception is held here after hours," she said. "That's a big buy-in for the practice."

The practice does not profit from this at all, though, but Jay adds that with the costs people would have to hand over to run a gallery, purchasing the space, keeping the room lit and paying utilities, it's hard to sustain itself.

By using the office space, Jay said those costs are already taken care of, and it is easier to keep the art hanging on the walls.

"The arts in general need to collaborate in some other way such as this in order to even have a venue," he said. "Without doing so, it's just not affordable."

Still, this art is for everyone, Watsky said, adding that this is not meant to be an elitist sort of gallery. This is bringing it to the public.

"Especially in these financial times, when any funding and support for the arts has been cut, the arts in every form need to be supported," she said. "Art is really for everyone, it's not an elitist entity. And it should not be seen that way."

While the gallery is open to the public, those who want to preview some of the art can visit www.artdecure.org and go through some the exhibits that have been held. Rivers also stressed that the group is always looking for more artists and to contact them at either Jackie@artdecure.org or susan@artdecure.org.

Art de Cure will also be holding its Second Annual Benefit for the American Diabetes Association on Friday, April 15, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Endocrine Group. Cover for the event is $35.""

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