Small Pieces for a Big Cause

June 19, 2014

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Jennifer Hagler Photography

By Buffy York

I have always said that the only two times in life when all of your friends show up is your wedding and your funeral and it is impossible to talk to them on either occasion.  I was wrong.  Tonight at Gallery 1930 in Mountain Brook, Alabama artist Sally Waldrup Powell is going to get to hang out with a ton of her friends, and if her friends cannot make it they will be well represented by their artwork.  Sally was diagnosed with stage 1 ovarian cancer seven months ago.  While having a routine hysterectomy the surgeons discovered a non encapsulated tumor on her ovary and she started a very aggressive treatment of chemotherapy.  Six months after this intense treatment she cannot be categorized as cured because of the nature of her cancer, but Sally’s prognosis is good.

 Sally studied painting at the University of Alabama and drawing at the University of Alabama Birmingham.  Her interior design and art career have journeyed her from New York to Atlanta to the Gulf Coast and back to Birmingham.  All along the way amassing an incredible group of colleagues and friends. So tonight, after wanting to help but not knowing what to do, Sally’s childhood friends and her friends in the art world have joined forces to put on Sally’s Rally.  Sally’s longtime friends are sponsoring tonight’s art show that will raise awareness and benefit her fight against ovarian cancer, and her artist friends from around the Southeast have donated over 70 pieces.  The artwork ranges in size and medium and subject matter and each piece tells its own sweet, loving and giving story.  Montgomery artist Ruthie Carlson has not painted since her daddy died in February, but when she found out about this show she painted three pieces to donate.  Artist Kay Vinson who has fought her own battle against cancer donated artwork for tonight’s event. There is a piece named Serenity and another named Tranquility and on and on and on.

The event takes place tonight, June 19th from 5:30-7:30 in English Village at the Gallery 1930, 1930 Cahaba Road, Birmingham, Alabama 35223.

Attached to Gallery 1930 is the ultra chic Vino Restaurant and Bar.  Outside dining, great food and drinks and a cool vibe make it the perfect spot for dinner after the show.

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    Thank you Buffy! This is a beautiful description of tonight’s special event for Sally.

    I am so thrilled to be a part of this exciting and important event honoring Sally. Sally and I met through many art shows and I love that so many fellow artist are showing their love and support for her!

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