Joy and Hope

A fundraising art exhibition Joy and Hope opens at the Morgan Gallery, Tuesday, 23 September.

All proceeds from the sale of paintings will go to local artist Nickola McCoy-Snell in support of her baby TJ, who was born in May, four months prematurely.

Nickola and her husband Maurice remain in Miami to be at little TJ’s side at Mount Sinai Hospital in Miami.

Geraldine Morgan, owner of Morgan Gallery said: ‘The name of the show reflects the Joy of TJ’s birth and the Hope for his future.

‘Upon hearing of TJ’s difficult start in life many of the local artists decided they wanted to help and approached the Morgan Gallery to find out if there was anything at all they could do to help Nickola and her husband.

‘It quickly became apparent that if Nickola and her husband were to stay in Miami with the baby, they would need support. Otherwise they would have to come home and leave TJ on his own.’

TJ, who weighed just one pound, four ounces when he was born, is continuing to gain strength and weight, his parents said. The baby had been on a ventilator since his birth, but from late last month, has been able to breathe on his own.

Father Maurice Snell said in an email from Miami: ‘TJ is continuing to do well, and, despite his ordeals to date, now offers a ready smile to the people he comes into contact with. The day we get to bring him back to Cayman will be the happiest moment for us all.’

Artists donating their work include Avril Ward April Bending, Suladda, Sue Widmer, CE Whitney, Cristel Ibsen, Joseph Betty, Louis Molina Brown, Renata, and Lennon Christian as well as artists from the Native Sons group.

In addition to the art show Geraldine has also organised a raffle. Nickola has put up $10,000 worth of her paintings to be raffled off. Tickets, priced at $10, are on sale at the Morgan Gallery, National Gallery and Trisha’s Roses

The draw takes place on Wednesday, 24 September.

‘The response to the raffle has been amazing and the tickets are almost sold out,’ Geraldine said.

‘The response by the local artists to the show has also been wonderful.

She added: ‘Joy and Hope will be a brilliant selection of art created to celebrate the most wonderful thing – the birth of a child – and it demonstrates the kindness and kinsman ship of the artist community here in Cayman.

‘All of the artists taking part have collectors here and in the US and Europe and each piece is new and has been created for this show. Joy and Hope gives art lovers a chance to see many examples of the diverse and interesting work by local artist. Paintings are priced to sell so it is also an opportunity to get a good deal.’

The exhibition will be on display through Saturday, 4 October at the Morgan Gallery, Galleria Plaza, West Bay Road.

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