Art for the Open Heart

22 01 2013

February 9, 6-9pm
Artspace Gallery
555 Asylum Ave, Hartford, CT

I will be participating in this exhibition coming up at Artspace. It is a fundraiser to help Tao LaBossiere pay  for his open heart surgery that he will need in February. Tao has been instrumental in the growth of Artspace gallery and the Hartford art community as a whole. He has been a resident of Artspace since it’s inception in 1997, and is the volunteer director of the gallery.

I have created this piece specifically for this event. “I love you” Painted with oils. There is a heart in the background, it’s kind of hard to tell with the lighting, but it’s there. Love and all. ❤

I Love Hands

From the Facebook event page:

Not to be missed exhibit will feature hundreds of artworks by more than one hundred local artists. $10+ donation at the door.

Music by DJ Jon Eastman
Wine presented by Two Guys and a Lotta Wine
Food by Salute, Fire ‘n Spice, Ginza Japanese Restaurant

This is a benefit for Tao LaBossiere’s Open Heart Surgery.

20% or more of any sales will be generously donated to the “Tao LaBossiere Open Heart Fund.” ALL event proceeds will benefit the “Tao LaBossiere Open Heart Fund”. Tao is in need of open heart surgery and his catastrophic insurance will leave him with more than $45,000+ in medical bills. We are creating an art show that benefits all participating artists, as well as a Benefit for Tao, that will help him to avoid financial ruin from this unexpected necessary medical condition.

Tao LaBossiere has been volunteering to help artists and build up the artist community through ArtSpace Hartford Gallery since 1997. He is the volunteer force behind 18-21 art shows each year for the past 15 years, each attended by hundreds equaling thousands of lives touched yearly, by Tao’s assistance. If you have ever been part of an art show at Hartford ArtSpace Gallery, or if your friends have ever even attended an event, then you have directly benefited by his volunteer efforts. Additionally, you should note his years of volunteer support to the artists of Hartford Artists Open Studio Weekend, CowParade, West Hartford Art League, and Oil Drum Art. He is humbled and grateful for any and all help you decide to freely give.

If anyone would prefer to donate directly in lieu of participation, feel free to send a check to:
TD Bank
c/o Tao LaBossiere Open Heart Fund
203 Trumbull Street
Hartford, CT 06103

Or donate online at:

For those artists looking to participate:

$20 Entry Donation per piece, no limit to number of pieces an artist may submit. Size limit of 4 ft in any direction. Diptychs and Triptychs count as individual pieces.

First come, first served until the gallery is full, salon-style. We will direct you in hanging the work as it comes in and reserve the right to tweak the show to it’s best display for all.

Art Drop off:
Monday, Feb 4, 5 to 7 pm
Tuesday, Feb 5, 5 to 7 pm
and by appointment (contact Amy LaBossiere 860-543-3244)

Hope to see you there!! 


Help & Care Project Thailand

8 07 2009

horseonBlackThis Sunday my artwork will be on display at a benefit event in New Britain. “Help & Care Project Thailand” is taking place at The Monster Lab Recording Studio. 321 Ellis Street, New Britain, CT 5pm – 9 pm. $20, all ages.

“Help & Care Project Thailand” is going a journey to a small village of about 300 people to build a library and children’s center in the mountains along the border of Mayanmar. Volunteers will be teaching the children to read and write and playing sports with them. You can be a sponsor and buy a brick for $25 or two for $40.

“Help & Care Project Thailand” is also creating a veterinary clinic and animal shelter in Chuphon Province, where a 63 year old woman and her two daughters are caring for 200 dogs and 100 cats! For $35 you can save an animals life and they will send you a picture of the pet you have saved!


There will be photos on exhibit by Savanna Mazur and Zoraida Lopez as well as some of my original drawings and pastels of animals. DJ Occult69 will be performing along with a jazz trio The Lynn Tracey Project. Food will be provided by Naples Pizzeria in Farmington. Complimentary beverages will be served.

This is a beautiful alternative venue for shows and events, ideal for recording live performances. On the 6th floor of an old factory building with high ceilings and big windows looking out over the mountains, you can catch an amazing sunset.

Located at 321 Ellis Street in New Britain, CT, it is easy to get to. Simply take Rte 9 to exit 25 (The Ellis St / Kensington Exit) Take a right off the exit ramp, and it is the first building on your right. (You’ll see a sign on the side of the building that says ‘Incubation Center’) Park in the lot on the left- if it is filled there is a detour to go around to the right and park in the lot in the back of the building.