Area artists donate work to support Fredonia study abroad mission to Honduras

Bowl by local artist Amy Snyder.

A raffle, featuring items by well-known Fredonia area artists, will be held to raise money to support a State University of New York at Fredonia student study abroad mission to Honduras.

Students enrolled in the 2019 J-term course, Honduras Health Care, taught by Dr. Ted Lee of the Department of Biology, will conduct medical brigades and do service work at day-long clinics set up in schools or community centers in small rural communities. They will provide medicine, vitamins and dental supplies to clinic visitors who will be seen by a physician. There will be no cost to users of the clinics.

Money raised from the raffle will be used to obtain medicine and health supplies. Money raised over and above those expenses will help cover some student travel costs.

Participating artists, with their donated items, include: SUNY Distinguished Professor Alberto Rey, print of Laona Falls; Lisa Eppilito, of Way Faring Potter, tumbler, bowl; Rhonda Lee, of Lee Wood ‘n’ Ceramics, maple and black walnut wood plate; SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus Marv Bjurlin, of Bjurlin Studio, anikebana pin frog flower/branch holders; Marcia Merrins, of Kniti Griti Works, footed bowl; University Police Chief Ann Burns, of Snoop Sister Pottery, large bowl; Elliot Hutton, of Hog-Shed Studio Pottery, mug set; Ann Janik, of Beach Road Pottery, bowl; and Tom Janik, of Thomas Janik Photography, Lake Erie print.

Six artists affiliated with Mudslingers Studio are also donating items. They are: studio owner and Fredonia alumnus Ron Nasca, two chopstick bowls, copper red bowl and large (28 ounce) mug; Amy Snyder, two Chautauqua mugs, medium bowl; Jacob Swanson, fruit bowl; Carol Samuelson, large vase that can also serve as a wine holder; Paula Coats, vase; and Dr. Lee, three tumblers, mug set, plate set and mounted tiles.

The art works can be viewed in two display cases, one located in the hallway outside of Science Center Room 122 and the other near the Daniel Reed Library entrance.

Raffle tickets will be sold at $10 each. Those purchasing tickets are to designate the item they wish to win on their ticket. Direct donations can also be placed to support the students. Raffle entries can be placed and photos of art work viewed at https://give-to-fredonia.formstack.com/forms/honduras.

The drawing will be held during the Health Care in Latin America class on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 6 p.m., in the Science Center Room 122. Those entering the raffle need not be present for the drawing, but are welcome to attend the class and may talk to students about their expectations for the trip.

“We hope to obtain a variety of medicine for the brigades – over-the-counter pain relievers and cold medications and prescription medications for diabetes, acid reflux, high blood pressure and infectious diseases,” said Dr. Lee.

Accompanying the students to Honduras will be Biology alumna Jessica Richards ’09, now a physician assistant, who will see patients in the medical brigades. The Fredonia contingent will be accompanied by a Honduran physician and translators. Students will perform intake questions, take vitals, observe medical professionals, help dispense medicine in the pharmacy and also play with children while their parents wait to see a physician.

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