The Pierce County AIDS Foundation has been supporting Pierce County people living with HIV for 25 years now, and to celebrate the anniversary the foundation is holding
The 10 works of art were made by local artists, and are displayed at Corina Bakery (602 S. Fawcett Ave.) until Friday. They range from the sad, almost iconic gouache of Cheri O’Brien depicting a nursing mother contracting the virus from a blood transfusion and passing it on to her baby to Megan Johnson’s simple “Hope” written in blue wood over the red ribbon and matching vintage fabric; from Roland and Elena Hamel’s pen and ink poetry with birds in flight to Susan Russell Hall’s mixed media work made with burned ribbons and gingko leaves.
The works will be sold by silent auction at the TAM event, which will also include performances by Oasis Youth Center, access to the galleries, refreshments and a presentation to State Senator elect Jeannie Darneille, PCAF’s first executive director, recognizing her work for the foundation.
Now 24 years old, World AIDS Day is recognized worldwide as an opportunity to educate and to unite people in support for those living with HIV. The crossed red ribbon is the international symbol of HIV awareness.