August 2018 Artist of the Month: Celebrating the Work of Artists Affected by Multiple Sclerosis

MSAA is very proud to present our 2018-19 Art Showcase – celebrating the work of artists affected by multiple sclerosis (MS).

We have received many wonderful submissions from across the country and are delighted to share their work and their stories with you. Please visit our online gallery to view all of the new submissions.

Karen Bloom – Kendallville, IN
Summer Paradise
Summer Paradise by Karen Bloom

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July 2018 Artist of the Month: Celebrating the Work of Artists Affected by Multiple Sclerosis

MSAA is very proud to present our 2018-19 Art Showcase – celebrating the work of artists affected by multiple sclerosis (MS).

We have received many wonderful submissions from across the country and are delighted to share their work and their stories with you. Please visit our online gallery to view all of the new submissions.

Martha Sue Meek – Arlington, TX
July 4th Cookout

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June 2018 Artist of the Month: Celebrating the Work of Artists Affected by Multiple Sclerosis

MSAA is very proud to present our 2018-19 Art Showcase – celebrating the work of artists affected by multiple sclerosis (MS).

We have received many wonderful submissions from across the country and are delighted to share their work and their stories with you. Please visit our online gallery to view all of the new submissions.

Maria Mesologites-Massey – Forest Hills, NY
Secret Garden

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May 2018 Artist of the Month: Celebrating the Work of Artists Affected by Multiple Sclerosis

MSAA is very proud to present our 2018-19 Art Showcase – celebrating the work of artists affected by multiple sclerosis (MS).

We have received many wonderful submissions from across the country and are delighted to share their work and their stories with you. Please visit our online gallery to view all of the new submissions.

Shana Stern – Los Angeles, CA
Rise Up

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April 2018 Artist of the Month: Celebrating the Work of Artists Affected by Multiple Sclerosis

MSAA is very proud to present our 2018-19 Art Showcase – celebrating the work of artists affected by multiple sclerosis (MS).

We have received many wonderful submissions from across the country and are delighted to share their work and their stories with you. Please visit our online gallery to view all of the new submissions.

Bethany Conway – Big Flats, NY
April Rain

About the Artist:
“My diagnosis was nothing more than a blessing as it enabled me to realize I only have one chance at this life. It caused me to take a turn from the dark road I was heading down, come into the light and make better choices for myself. I strive to live with intention and embrace every season of it.”
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Finding a Support Network

A support network is somewhere that you can share feelings or vent frustrations – a place to be able to check in and touch base with others or make connections. Ultimately, it’s a system that is there for you without judgment or expectation that you can depend on. That’s what members have found on our platform, My MSAA Community. This online forum not only offers a safe place to ask questions and find information, it has also become a reliable “check-in” community for those involved.

Updates are often sent to one another, as members check in with the community to let everyone know about their medical appointments to get feedback and encouraging words.

“I know it can be overwhelming with all the different tests and doctors. Try to relax (I know, easier said than done). Good luck.”
– Community Member

Countless moments of kindness and empathy can often be found on the community, especially as members face some challenging issues such as depression. Community members often find themselves showered with support. Members also reach out to each other to ask how things are, to send well wishes when needed, and to offer encouragement to those having a difficult time. One member of the community shares, “just letting you know all our thoughts are with you today – keep smiling” to another member having an MRI done that day. In addition, the community’s Birthday Ambassador keeps track of birthdays and sends special messages on celebrating the occasion.

If you haven’t done so already, take some time to check out My MSAA Community and find a new support network today.

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March 2018 Artist of the Month: Celebrating the Work of Artists Affected by Multiple Sclerosis

All-New Artists for MSAA’s 2018-2017 Art Showcase!

As a part of MS Awareness Month, MSAA is very proud to present our 2018-2019 Art Showcase, celebrating the work of artists affected by MS.

We have received many wonderful submissions from across the country and are delighted to share their work and their stories with you.

To view all of the new submissions, please visit our online galleries:

MSAA Ability Art Showcase 2018
MSAA Four Seasons Art Showcase 2018
Throughout the year, we will highlight one artist during each month by sharing their artwork and their story as a part of our Artist of the Month series.

MSAA’s March Artist of the Month

Paula Breiner - Love Me, Don't Break Me
Love Me, Don’t Break Me
Paula Breiner – Tamaqua, PA
About the Artist:
“I am an MS Warrior. I make the most of each day. I enjoy yoga and meditation.I live day to day with this disease and pray for a cure. I do a paint/craft day each month with the gang in our support group. It has given me such happiness at seeing all the wonderful finished projects and see the smiles, laughter, and the awesome mental therapy that we all supply each other with. My support group has become my second family and we are so much stronger as a group. We live, one day at a time.”
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December 2017 Artist of the Month: Celebrating the Work of Artists Affected by Multiple Sclerosis

MSAA is very proud to present our 2017-18 Art Showcase – celebrating the work of artists affected by multiple sclerosis (MS).

We have received many wonderful submissions from across the country and are delighted to share their work and their stories with you. Please visit our online gallery to view all of the new submissions.

Kimberly Stevens – Roanoke, VA
Christmas Stars
Kimberly Stevens - Christmas Stars

About the Artist:
“Diagnosed in January 2012 and no longer able to work, I became determined to find ways to keep busy based on my daily MS symptoms. MS requires flexibility.

Shaky hands and eye issues have made jewelry and glass working very difficult these days, and after going to a paint night party, I was inspired. I’ve enjoyed painting with stencils to create mixed media artwork and painting clay pottery for the past year.”
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November 2017 Artist of the Month: Celebrating the Work of Artists Affected by Multiple Sclerosis

MSAA is very proud to present our 2017-18 Art Showcase – celebrating the work of artists affected by multiple sclerosis (MS).

We have received many wonderful submissions from across the country and are delighted to share their work and their stories with you. Please visit our online gallery to view all of the new submissions.

Laura Patchen – Pittsford, NY
Hurd Orchards
Laura Patchen - Hurd Orchards

About the Artist:
“I have been diagnosed with MS since 1998, and stopped working because of it in 2005. I began painting around 2010, looking for something to do that would make me feel like I had accomplished something. I enjoy painting immensely. It gives me joy and reminds me of places I’ve visited.

One of the wonderful things about painting is that when I become tired, I can put it aside and go back to it another day when I have more energy. I know that eventually, I will finish what I’ve started – it just might take me a little bit longer than I’d like.”
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October 2017 Artist of the Month: Celebrating the Work of Artists Affected by Multiple Sclerosis

MSAA is very proud to present our 2017-18 Art Showcase – celebrating the work of artists affected by multiple sclerosis (MS).

We have received many wonderful submissions from across the country and are delighted to share their work and their stories with you. Please visit our online gallery to view all of the new submissions.

Karen Bloom – Kendallville, IN
Scarecrow in Cabbage Patch
Karen Bloom - Scarecrow in a Cabbage Patch

About the Artist:
“I was diagnosed with MS in 2008 and was a paraplegic within a year. Because my legs were affected so drastically, I expected the same of my arms/hands and sold my piano and gave away all of my oil painting supplies and most of the artwork I loved.

I received a service dog a year ago and began venturing back out into the world and taking risks, including trying painting again. It turns out I should not have given up on my artwork for over six years. My hands are still mine!”
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