Art created by autistic kids auctioned off to raise awareness

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- M2 Gallery, in Little Rock's Pleasant Ridge Shopping Center, hosts the second annual Master Pieces fundraiser for the Arkansas Autism Speaks chapter and A Camp Thursday, May 30, 6:30-9 p.m.

    The event features drinks, hors d'oeuvres, live music by Darril "Harp" Edwards and a silent auction of roughly 30 artworks incorporating puzzle pieces created by various local artists and individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their family members. The puzzle piece has become the icon for not only Autism Speaks but also the entire autism awareness movement.

    M2 Gallery, co-owned by John and Kim Magee and Mac and Ashley Murphy, is the presenting sponsor. Duke Custom Cabinets, Jill and Jon Flaxman, Dawn and Brian Itzkowitz and Aaron and Ashlin Soann are patron sponsors. Participating artists include Steve Adair, Kathy Bay, Heather Beckham, Collin Beckham, Daniel Bright, Cathy Burns, Kathy Chapman, Cecila Creasman, Tod Crites, Austin Grimes, Maggie Grissom, Hippos and Fish Therapy Kids, Ellen Hobgood, Dan Holland, John Magee, Kristin Miller, Eric Moxley, Mac Murphy, Maddox Murphy, Becky Reiner, Heather Reinold, Bruce Schratz, Taylor Sheppard, Byron Taylor, Dan Thornhill, Robin Tucker, Cheryl Vowels, Marie Weaver and Catherine Wood Burton.

    Proceeds benefit A-Camp, an awesome camp for kids with autism, a six-week summer camp for youths with autism spectrum disorders hosted at Camp Aldersgate, and the fourth annual Arkansas Walk Now for Autism Speaks event, Oct. 5, 2013 at the Clinton Presidential Center. Tickets are $40 per person or $75 per couple and may be purchased at www.acamp4kidsorg. M2 is located at 11525 Cantrell Road, Little Rock.

    Master Pieces committee members include Robyn Cahalan, Jill Flaxman, Jon Flaxman,
    Diane Holitik, Leigh Ann Horton, Dawn Itzkowitz, Mac Murphy and Ashlin Spann.

    About A-Camp: A-Camp is an awesome therapeutic summer day camp that is accepting of all kids with autism and their friends. Its goal is to create memorable experiences and promote relationships through an engaging, nurturing and adventure-based program. A-Camp is held on the beautiful grounds of Camp Aldersgate, where children can enjoy a traditional camp experience by canoeing, fishing, hiking nature trails, swimming, singing, and engaging in arts and crafts activities. A-Camp operates for six weeks during the summer months to provide the continuity and engagement that help children with autism thrive. A-Camp is really all about love, hope and acceptance. A-Camp4Kids.org

    About Autism Speaks: At Autism Speaks, our goal is to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders. We are dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments and cure for autism; to raising public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families and society; and to bringing hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder. We are committed to raising the funds necessary to support these goals. It is our firm belief that, working together, we will find the missing pieces of the puzzle. Autism Speaks. It's time to listen. AutismSpeaks.org

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