Art Gallery of San Francisco Launches ALS Awareness Month Exhibit

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Correction: A previous article misspelled the names “Stephens” and “Garfinkel”

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — The San Francisco Women Artists Gallery is collaborating with the ALS Association Golden West Chapter to raise awareness of the disease throughout the month of May.

May is celebrated as ALS Awareness Month. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a fatal disease that affects parts of the nervous system. Most patients with the disease are expected to live two to five years after their diagnosis.

The gallery is hosting a month-long exhibition titled “Hope Lives: Art for ALS”. The inspiration came from gallery member Melissa Stephens, whose sister was recently diagnosed with ALS. Stephens wanted to help his sister despite life states away from her.

In response, the Womens’ Gallery created the exhibit to raise awareness of ALS and raise funds for ALS research, care and advocacy.

The opening took place on Saturday afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m. The last day of the exhibition will be May 27.

“We hope this brings attention to ALS in the community,” said SFWA President Pam Borrelli. “It will bring attention to our gallery to support female artists.”

SFWA works alongside the Golden West Chapter of the ALS Association throughout the month. The Golden West Chapter is an organization that raises funds and awareness on behalf of the ALS community. They work with 31 counties across California and the entire state of Hawaii.

The Golden West Chapter is the only organization fighting ALS on three fronts; research, care and advocacy,” said Asher Garfinkel, Golden West Vice President, Community Outreach. “All three are interdependent in finding treatments and cures for ALS.”

The gallery plans to raffle off Stephens’ art at the event. Various events will take place throughout the month. All participating artists donate 35-100% of their sales. Lloyd David of Corner 103 Wines will donate 20% of its wine sales.

A live broadcast Zoom conference will also be organized for the event. More information about the gallery event can be found here.

“The goal of the exhibit is to inspire awareness, hope and action for ALS using the power of art,” Garfinkel said.

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