From the category archives:

Charity & Support

A Call for Help for a Precious Artist Friend

by Joe McDonald on January 26, 2012

I received the following email earlier today from Jules Anslow at Lowell Art Works Studios & Gallery and I’m re-posting it here to get the word out to our local art community. If you are able to, please consider making a donation to help out. Events like this in our lives can be devastating but through the help of family, friends, and community there is always hope and healing.

Hello to all of our lovely LAW (Lowell Art Works) supporters.

I usually send out notices only for our LAW shows, but I’m sure you’ll forgive me this digression.  I’m sending this note in support of our precious friends and amazing artists Ursula Stocke and Ron Stocke.  Ursula has just been diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. You may remember seeing Ursula’s beautiful solo exhibit this fall just off our main gallery.  If you know Ursula you’re already aware of her sweetness and generosity, and I know you’ll want to shower her with all the love, support and positive healing thoughts you’re able.  A donation site (below) has been set up to help with the inevitable expenses.

"Hi everyone this is Ron, Ursula’s husband. Ursula asked me to share with you news that stunned us this week: Ursula has colon cancer. This is as shocking to us as it is to you. Over the holidays we celebrated Ursula’s 42nd birthday and have planned a jam-packed 2012 as well as the next forty years of our life together. This may postpone some of our plans but it is not going to stop us. We plan to fight this with everything we’ve got and we need your help. First of all – please keep Ursula in your thoughts and prayers. We believe in the power of the mind and positive energy. Secondly – like many Americans these days and most of the artists we know – we are underinsured.

*In the next few days we will be setting up a site with more information on how you can help.

We plan on having regular updates on her progress to keep you all informed.

Bless you and thanks… Ron"

*Here is the link to the donation site:



Fundraiser Dinner & Silent Auction For Max

by Joe McDonald on April 27, 2011

I was recently contacted by Josh Burt, the father of Max, asking for donations and support for a fundraiser they are having. Max will turn 2 years old this month and was recently diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called Neuroblastoma and a neurological disorder called Opsoclonus Myoclonus Syndrome. Even with having good insurance they are having a difficult time keeping up with all of the medical bills. Their friends have joined together to have a fundraiser for their son Max on Saturday May 21st.

The event will consist of a spaghetti dinner and silent auction. If anyone is interested in donating artwork or other items for the auction or would like to make a monetary donation to help, please contact Max’s father, Josh Burt at 206-409-4576 or by email at They have setup a family blog where you can learn more at

Max will turn 2 this month and every little bit helps.


Thank you.