Art raises Multiple Sclerosis awareness

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As someone who watched a loved one suffer - to the point of losing the ability to walk and experiencing chronic aches and pains - with multiple sclerosis, the disease registers with me on a personal level. But that's just one of the reasons why "Artists to Beat MS" caught my attention. The other reason is because its silent auction is slated to showcase a variety of artwork, including paintings, drawings, photography and other items.

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Some of the works were created specifically for Multiple Sclerosis Association of America's Art Showcase, which spotlights art by folks who have been diagnosed with MS. Hosted by Michael Dross, a tattoo artist at Uptown Arts, the shindig will also feature hors d'oeuvres, drinks, free manicures and gift certificates from local establishments (5Church, Dandelion Market, Villa Francesca and Prohibition, to name a few).

May 3, 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Uptown Arts, 127 N. Tryon St., Suite 232. For more information, call 800-532-7667(ext. 117) or visit support.mymsaa.org/artiststobeatms.

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