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‘Art 4 Aids’ Attracts A Crowd for Fried Fund And ACT

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artaids1“4” some it was a father/daughter night out while “4” others a night to pick up a special piece of art. And “4” others, it was the chance to support AIDS CT at its annual “Art 4 Aids” fundraiser at ArtSpace in Hartford Saturday.

“I don’t believe in the afterlife but it feels good to do something in memory of my brother,” said the visiting former well-known Hartford guy Joel Fried. Fried, who attended with his daughter, Nicole Archambault, were among the first to arrive at the art grab and party which in part, raises funds for the Richard B. Fried/ACT Fund, named in memory of Joel Fried’s late brother.

Also on hand was WTIC 96.5 FM radio personality Gary Craig with daughter Rachel. Craig, also an actor and painter, was one of dozens of artists who donated 12” by 12” canvases that were “grabbed” by ticket holders as part of the fundraising event.

artaids2The sold-out party provided a get-out for some who are new to the Hartford area and they approved.artaids3

“I have an apartment with nothing on the walls,” said Jannie Cillo, who just relocated to Hartford from New York as part of a job move. “Friends brought me here tonight and I love the cause,” she said eyeing the original pieces that included the traditional to the 3-D mixed media pieces including Amy LaBossiere’s contribution called Earthing.” “All I can focus on is what painting I want to grab so I can to start making my place look like a home.”

And in the “we can’t tell you yet” buzz in the room, watch Lifetime’s new docuseries, “Little Women: LA.” Word is there are talks of expanding the reality show eastward and who knows, you may see some CT talent on the spinoff.

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A Heartfelt Anniversary and Thanks From The LaBoissieres

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laboissiere (3)It was a special first wedding anniversary Monday for Hartford artist Tao LaBoissiere and wife, fellow artist Amy LaBoissiere. They were basking in a twofold glow.

Despite the blizzard and a one night postponement, the two were surrounded by hundreds of friends and supporters Sunday at their “Art for the Open Heart.” The fundraiser at Hartford’s ArtSpace Gallery was planned weeks ago to help the couple with an estimated $42,000 in uninsured medical costs they will incur when Tao has unexpected heart valve replacement surgery at Hartford Hospital  later this month.

“We were overwhelmed by how many people managed to come,” said any Amy LaBoissiere about the turnout at the fundraiser which included food, entertainment and a raffle. More than 350 people came, and about $10,000 was raised at the event that included, food entertainment and a raffle.

“We had a soft opening Saturday,” she said, about a more informal get-together on the original that included mostly people who lived in Hartford and could walk to the Asylum Street building. “We had about 40 people including some who just broke the law and drove here,” she said, alluding to the weather-related driving ban imposed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy Saturday. “The support is all unbelievable.”

“I had tears in my eyes as I posted thanks to everyone online,” said Tao LaBoissiere, a volunteer exhibit coordinator at ArtSpace who is well-known for his murals that grace several area restaurants. “It’s hard to put into words the feeling from so much community support.”

And while the two were caught up in the excitement of the fundraiser Sunday night, when the clock struck midnight, it was another poignant heart-related moment as they celebrated the start of their first anniversary.

DJ Jon Eastman took the moment to spin Adele’s cover version of “Make You Feel My Love,” the song the couple danced to on their wedding day.

“It was perfect,” said Amy LaBoissiere.

The “Art for the Open Heart” continues Wednesday and Thursday with some pieces still for sale, the two noted. There will be potluck dinner Friday to mark the end of the exhibition.

“We just want people to come by,”  said Amy LaBoissiere, noting that any art that has still not been sold byFriday may still be sold on an online auction.

Despite the Snow, Some Events Are Still A Go

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amistadAs the cancellations roll in and Connecticut braces for the anticipated blizzard, there are still events that are going on no matter what, according to updates sent to Java  today.

They includes the Amistad Center’s Authors@Amistad  series which tonight, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. features New York Times reporter and author Rachel Swains.

The center is located at the Wadsworth Atheneum.

heart_3[1]Also, the “Art for the Open Heart” fundraiser benefiting Hartford artist Tao LaBossiere, who will have heart surgery later this month, is also scheduled to go on as planned Saturday night at ArtSpace, 555 Asylum Avenue, Hartford,  beginning at 6 p.m.

So if you are one of those hearty souls that won’t let the snow stop you, just be careful out there.