By Mary Frost
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
A Brooklyn Heights wine and spirits shop and a Cobble Hill art gallery are rallying the community behind a local artist who needs expensive treatment for leukemia.
Heights Chateau wine and spirits shop and the Muriel Guépin Gallery are throwing a benefit for teacher and artist Jaclyn Talley and her husband Jason Talley, who is fighting AML (acute myeloid leukemia), a rare form of the disease.
A full time painter, Jason Talley works part time in the studio of New York artist Yigal Ozeri. At night and on weekends he works in his own studio alongside his wife. Talley has started chemotherapy, and his treatment will last months, according to the gallery. He will eventually need a bone marrow transplant, but the couple has no health insurance and lacks funds.
The event – “To Be Considered” -- will take place at the gallery at 47 Bergen Street, October 25-27th. The gallery has asked local artists to donate works for this benefit and each piece will be starting at auction as low as a third of the normal retail price.
Brooklyn artist Sarah Nicole Phillips has donated her piece “Security Forest Floor” – a striking collage made with discarded security envelopes.
“I don’t know the artist personally, but I believe in this cause,” she told the Brooklyn Eagle on Monday. Phillips said she also believed in “the greater cause of reforming the U.S. medical system. I believe the family is a victim of that system and I want to help out any way I can.”
The wine tasting (which includes cheese and charcuterie) will be held on Thursday, Oct. 25, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the gallery at 47 Bergen Street. It costs $50 and all the proceeds will go to Jaclyn and Jason. Bidding will start at the wine tasting and will close at the end of the Silent Auction, which is on Friday, October 26th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
To reserve tickets contact Heights Chateau at [email protected] or call 718-330-0963.