FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Alfredo de Batuc Benefit Art Sale
Sunday, February 19th, 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm


Carlotta's Passion Fine Art
2012 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90041
Contact: Robert Squires
(323) 259-1563, fax (323) 255-5639
E-mail, rs@carlottaspassion.com
Web site, http://carlottaspassion.com
Gallery hours, Tuesday - Sunday, 12-9pm


Alfredo de Batuc, “Delores Del Rio”, 1990, mural, Hollywood, California.

Cherished iconoclastic artist Alfredo de Batuc has been stricken with Guillain Barre syndrome.  Kathy Gallegos of Avenue 50 Studio and Bob Squires of Carlotta's Passion Fine Art are sponsoring a one-day art sale to raise money for Alfredo, who may be unable to paint for many, many months.

The number and stature of the contributing artists for this fundraiser serve as testimony to Alfredo’s importance to the art commmunity. Artists who have committed to date are:   

Jose Antonio Aguirre; Judy Baca; Armando Baeza; Guillermo Bejarano; Joe Bravo; Barbara Carrasco; Yreina Cervantez; Vibiana Aparicio-Chamberlin; Magda Audifred; Sheila Bolton; David Botello; Joe Bravo; Mario Calvano; Peter Carrillo; James Clark; Beau Daignault; Roberto Delgado; John A. Dominique; Ricardo Duffy; Donald Ferguson; Carl Fiacco; Carlos Flores; David Flury; Simone Gad; Diane Gamboa; Harry Gamboa, Jr.; Margaret Garcia; CiCi Gonzalez; Roberto Gutierrez; Maggie Haase; Wayne Healy; Sergio Hernandez; Tom Hernandez;  Peter Liashkov; Leo Limon; La Linda; Jose Lopes; Ernesto de la Loza; Jose Lozano; Gilbert "Magu" Lujan; Heriberto Luna; Poli Marichal; Juliana Martinez; Mark A. Martinez;  Xavier Montes; Trevor Norris; John Rand; Rich Raya; Ricardo Reyes; Artemio Rodriguez; Domingo Rodriguez; Reyes Rodriguez; Juan Rosillo; Raoul de la Sota; Gregg Stone; Luz Tapia; Richard Valdez; Mark Vallen; Sergio Vasquez, Jose Zuno, and others

Neither gallery is accepting commissions for sold artwork.

About Alfredo de Batuc:
Born in 1950 and raised in the northwestern Mexican state of Sonora, de Batuc attended the Academia de Artes Plasticas where he did illustrations for a poetry journal, organized a cinema club, acted on stage, and exhibited his art. In 1975 he moved, first to Mexico City and then to Los Angeles. He has worked as a pre-school teacher, gallery tour guide, cog in an art factory assembly line, and freelance storyboard artist in the film industry. In 1984 he began exhibiting his paintings and serigraphs, both locally as well as in such cities as Kyoto, Japan, Mexico City and Tijuana, Mexico, and San Francisco. He also illustrated a series of children's books about California missions. He lives in the West Adams neighborhood of Los Angeles.

Alfredo de Batuc's work is in the permanent collections of Los Angeles County Museum, Laguna Art Museum, and the Museo Estudio Diego Rivera in Mexico City. His mural featuring Dolores Del Rio is at the northeast corner of Hollywood Blvd. and Hudson Street.

For more information about Alfredo de Batuc, please see:
http://www.debatuc.com
http://www.lamurals.org/MuralistPages/deBatuc.html
http://www.marc-jasper.com/alfredodebatuc.htm

About Guillain-Barré syndrome:
Guillain-Barré (ghee-yan bah-ray) syndrome is a disorder in which the body's immune system attacks part of the peripheral nervous system. The first symptoms of this disorder include varying degrees of weakness or tingling sensations in the legs. In many instances the weakness and abnormal sensations spread to the arms and upper body. These symptoms can increase in intensity until certain muscles cannot be used at all and, when severe, the patient is almost totally paralyzed. In these cases the disorder is life threatening - potentially interfering with breathing and, at times, with blood pressure or heart rate - and is considered a medical emergency. Such a patient is often put on a respirator to assist with breathing and is watched closely for problems such as an abnormal heart beat, infections, blood clots, and high or low blood pressure. Most patients, however, recover from even the most severe cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome, although some continue to have a certain degree of weakness.

Guillain-Barré syndrome can affect anybody. It can strike at any age and both sexes are equally prone to the disorder. The syndrome is rare, however, afflicting only about one person in 100,000. Usually Guillain-Barré occurs a few days or weeks after the patient has had symptoms of a respiratory or gastrointestinal viral infection. Occasionally surgery or vaccinations will trigger the syndrome.

After the first clinical manifestations of the disease, the symptoms can progress over the course of hours, days, or weeks. Most people reach the stage of greatest weakness within the first 2 weeks after symptoms appear, and by the third week of the illness 90 percent of all patients are at their weakest.

- From the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Note: If you cannot attend this fundraiser but would like to contribute, you can make checks out to:  Alfredo de Batuc Recovery Fund; and mail them to Alfredo's dear friend:  
Donald J. Ferguson, 1194 West 27th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007.  
A trust fund has been set up for Alfredo.

Alfredo, Donald Ferguson, Carlotta's Passion and Avenue 50 Studio thank you in advance for your support!



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