08/02/2012 - As part of Andes Community Day, which will be held Aug. 11, esteemed gallerists Leo Koenig and Maggie Clinton Koenig, along with Mary MacNaught and Delaware Trading Post owner Erica Hill, are set to host a special benefit event and exhibition of artist Michelle MacNaught's work.
The show will include drawings and prints that reflect the young artist's battle with ovarian cancer. The event will also introduce a limited edition tote bag featuring one of MacNaught's powerful wood cut images from the 9 part Chemo series. One hundred percent of the profits from the sale of the $20 totes will go to a scholarship fund that has been established in the artist's name.
On October 15, 2010, Michelle MacNaught, 21 and a bright and talented art student at SUNY Purchase, was diagnosed with Stage IV ovarian cancer. After her diagnosis, MacNaught poured all her energy into mature, hauntingly beautiful and emoAonally evocative woodblock prints, etchings and drawings that chronicle her struggle with this deadly disease. On November 11, 2011, Michelle succumbed to the disease.
To keep her memory alive, and to help inspire other young artists, her family has established a scholarship fund which will be awarded to students who contributed the most to the arts program at Delaware Academy (where Michelle graduated), and also at Roxbury Central School (where Mary teaches).
Of her work, Michelle MacNaught said, "Rather than see a therapist, I cope with my cancer and talk about my emotions and struggles through my work. It not only helps me sort out and 'heal' certain things that I am struggling with, it also becomes a channel for me to explain to others how I am handling the situation. The way I get to work with my hands and move materials around in order to create something that nobody has ever experienced before is fascinating. You get to play God in a sense, and you hope that the viewer does too. A professor of mine always says, 'Sometimes you just have to rinse out your eyes,' and it is so true. What a wonder things become viewing with a new set of eyes."