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Exhibit Features Paintings Created By Adults With Cerebral Palsy

Originally Posted: August 25, 2008

Joan Shaw, Daryn Mayer of Daryn Mayer Media, Dr. Gerry Curatola of Rejuvenation Dentistry, Denise Manos of Nana's Cookie Co. and friend.

East Hampton - A private reception and silent auction of paintings and drawings by artists with disabilities was held on Aug. 9.

Local dentist and philanthropist Dr. Gerald Curatola hosted the event, which benefitted art programs at United Cerebral Palsy of Suffolk (UCP-Suffolk) and United Cerebral Palsy of New York City (UCP/NYC).

Colleen West-Lew and Artist Jonathan Winter.

The show featured 26 original works by adult artists with disabilities who attend painting classes at UCP day programs in Suffolk County and in New York City. All proceeds from the auction will benefit the artists and their respective art programs.

The arts are a vital component of UCP's day programs, which allow participants to explore a variety of media. Some of the artists are experienced, while others begin with little or no previous exposure. The UCP art program fosters and nurtures the creative process, enabling each artist to develop hidden talents and open a world of self-discovery and expression. To inquire about the UCP Arts Programs call 917-783-1737 or 631-232-0015.

Dr. Curatola's long history of philanthropy began with service in the Peace Corps during which he performed free dentistry as part of a joint effort with the Jamaican government. From 1985-1995, he volunteered his services to the Bowery Mission in New York City. Since 1996, Dr. Curatola has served on the board of directors for the Pediatric Dental Fund of the Hamptons whose mission is to provide voluntary dental services to low-income families on the East End of Long Island.

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