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"Through the Eyes of Love: World AIDS Day Art Exhibition"
2008-11-26 until 2008-12-14
Harvey W. Seeds Post 29 American Legion
Miami, FL, USA United States of America

Miami Beach Community Health Center’s “Through the Eyes of Love” in honor of World AIDS Day will showcase a diverse collection of art and photographs, symbolizing the depth of local artists’ thoughts and feelings as it relates to HIV/AIDS. This Miami and Fort Lauderdale admission-free exhibition will also include hundreds of panels from The NAMES Project Foundation-AIDS Memorial Quilt. Included in the exhibition is work from John Powell of Jamaica, who has been a Premiere Portfolio member at absolutearts.com since 2002.

Miami Beach Community Health Center’s Through the Eyes of Love in honor of World AIDS Day will take place at the Harvey W. Seeds Post 29 American Legion in Miami (6445 NE 7th Avenue) from Tues., Dec. 2 through Sun., Dec. 14 in partnership with ArtCenter/South Florida and The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale (2414 E. Sunrise Blvd.) from Wed., Nov. 26 through Sun., Dec. 14 in partnership with ArtServe and ArtsUnited.

“We are proud to be involved with an event that allows artists to depict how this disease has changed the lives of so many around the world,” said Jeremy Chestler, executive director of ArtCenter/South Florida. “Through The Eyes of Love is a great way of showing how art can interpret many different meanings and speak to each person differently.”

Opening receptions for Miami Beach Community Health Center’s Through the Eyes of Love will take place at 6 p.m. on Nov. 25 at The Galleria and at 6 p.m. on Dec. 1 (World AIDS Day) at the Harvey W. Seeds Post 29 American Legion. During both receptions, select artists will receive cash prizes for their work. An impactful Quilt opening ceremony is also planned for 12 p.m. on Dec. 1 at the Harvey W. Seeds Post 29 American Legion.

“As a way to engage artists, we are glad to be a part of this cause related project,” said Maureen Kohler, president of ArtServe. “Taking part in this effort allows us to fulfill our missions, which is to offer experiences for artists that inspire, educate and motivate the community,” added Keith Clark, executive director of ArtsUnited.

This exhibition will also include innovative fashions that incorporate the red ribbon symbol and more as designed by students from the Miami International University of Art & Design and the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. In addition, local youth will also offer their artistic interpretation of this health issue.

Also, at The Galleria will be Elton John’s Limited Edition Signature Series Red Piano by Yamaha. The special artist edition of the Yamaha Mark IV Disklavier is autographed by the pop icon, who is respected for his commitment to the fight against AIDS. The piano features five exclusive Elton John recordings including “Your Song,” “Tiny Dancer,” “Rocket Man,” “Take Me to the Pilot” and “Candle in the Wind.”

“As a primary health care provider offering HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, we’re very excited to present Through the Eyes of Love in both Miami and Fort Lauderdale,” said Kathryn Abbate, CEO of Miami Beach Community Health Center. “This awareness event will shed more light on this disease and offer hope as there are viable treatment options allowing people to lead productive lives.”

The number of people living with HIV has risen from 8 million in 1990 to 33 million today, and is still growing.* It is also estimated that 1,100 children are infected with HIV every day.** The CDC has stated that the HIV epidemic is—and has been—worse than previously known, being approximately 40% higher than their former estimates, and that most infections are occurring among young people aged 13–29.

Miami Beach Community Health Center provides Miami-Dade residents with free HIV testing and ongoing HIV/AIDS medical care, plus is an enrollment site for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) that provides free medication for patients living with HIV/AIDS.

To ensure the success of this community effort, this project is supported in part by POZ Magazine, 411 Magazine, South Florida Blade, CBS4/My33, 97.3 The Coast, The Miami Herald, Winn-Dixie, Robert Tabor Designs, Holy Cross Hospital, Bitner Goodman, Tibotec Therapeutics and the Miami Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. About Miami Beach Community Health Center:

View more of John Powell's work in his portfolio at absolutearts.com http://www.absolutearts.com/portfolios/j/johnpowellpaintings.

Artist: John Powell Year Created: 2007
Medium: Printmaking Lithography
Width: 11 inches
Height: 9 inches
Depth: 1 inches
Edition Size: 250
Price: US$ 25
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Established in 1977 as a federally funded community health center, Miami Beach Community Health Center is a fully integrated health care network providing quality, affordable healthcare and support services to the community. Offering a broad spectrum of services for patients of all ages, Miami Beach Community Health Center operates two medical offices in Miami Beach, one each in North Miami and Little Haiti, and a school-based health center at Miami Beach Senior High School. Board certified specialties include family medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, internal medicine, dental and geriatrics. For more information about health care services offered by Miami Beach Community Health Center, please contact (305) 538-8835 or visit www.miamibeachhealth.org.

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