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52 - CAPE GAZE'FI, Friday, Nov. 8 - Nov. 14, 2002 Holiday cards support Muscular Dystrophy Association The Muscular Dystrophy Asso- ciation (MDA) has, for the sev- enth year, selected six original works by artists who have neuro- muscular diseases to appear on MDA holiday cards. "We're delighted to be able to offer these beautiful holiday cards, featuring festive images created by talented artists in the MDA family," said MDA Presi- dent and CEO Robert Ross. "These wonderful works run the gamut from whimsical to deeply inspiring, and MDA is proud to reproduce them on our cards for this holiday season." Proceeds of sales from the MDA Holiday Wishes card col- lection will help support MDA's worldwide research program in search of cures and treatments, and its nationwide network of clinics and life-enhancing servic- es for adults and Children. MDA's program covers'more than 40 neu- romuscular diseases, including nine forms of muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease), spinal muscular atrophy, myasthe- nia gravis and Charcot-Marie- Tooth disease. The cards are available at $16 for a box of 25, plus shipping and handling charges. Cards can be ordered in an assortment or by in- dividual design, and are available either blank or with verse. Per- sonalized imprinting is available for an additional charge. To request a Holiday Wishes catalog, or to order cards, phone 800-2236011 or write to MDA Holiday Wishes, 3300 E. Sunrise Dr., Tucson, AZ 85718-3208. The cards can also be seen and ordered online at MDA's website, To ensure best selection, order by Dec. 6. Along with the six selected hol- iday cards, MDA also offers cards with messages in Spanish and a Hanukkah card. Five of the works in the 2002 assortment are by artists whose work has previously been featured on MDA cards, and one is by a fwst-time contributor. The selection includes Christ- mas in New England, a nostalgic mixed media piece depicting a horse-drawn sleigh passing a stately home, while a dog friskily leads the way. The award-win- ning artist is Jack MacColeman of Troy, Mich., who is affected by McArdle's disease. New York artist Milda Vizbar is represented by her mixed-media creation Make a Joyful Noise. The cheerfully colored piece de- picts four children playing musi- cal instnaments with a puppy join- ing the fun. Vizbar, who has Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, is a designer and artist who has also led art workshops for children at MDA summer camps. Winter Homecoming by Chris O'Brien of Iowa Falls, Iowa, is a detailed watercolor of a pastoral Iowa scene. O'Brien, who has mitochondrial myopathy, has ex- hibited artwork across the country and has illustrated books. Barbara Misheck of Willough- by Hills, Ohio, a professional artist, illustrator and calligrapher with limb-girdle muscular dystro- phy, has contributed Blue Spruce. The opaque watercolor shows a lush, statuesque evergreen tree. Good Tidings of Great Joy, a watercolor by Audrey Lee Falk of Wilmar, Minn., captures the essence of the season with its de- piction of an angel standing over the Christ child's manger. Falk, an award-winning professional artist and a retired art teacher, has facioscapulohumeral (FSH) mus- cular dystrophy. The new contributor is Ipswich, Mass., artist Fred Siwak, whose Season's Greetings, created on computer, features a single pine- tree branch and pine cone. Siwak, also known for his painstakingly created linoleum prints, is affect- ed by ALS. All of the artists have artwork in the MDA art collection. The col- lection, which comprises approxi- mately 300 works by artists with neuromuscular diseases, is dis- played at MDA national head- quarters in Tucson, Ariz. Selected pieces from the collection have appeared in art exhibits across the nation. I Self00 0 Health Insurance* @ Affordable Rates! [ToU4ree- 1-888-681-6677 of beauty forever." Led by Dr. Patrick Swier, Johns Hopkins trained in today's most successful beauty technologies, the Swier Clinic specializes in the cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures that enhance beauty and restore confidence. Providing everything from facial rejuvenation and reconstructive surgery to breast surgery and body sculpting, the Swier Clinic can help you look and feel your best. 750 Kings Highway Suite 103 Lewes 302-645-7737 theSwierClinic r