Artist puts up painting prize for raffle to help cancer-stricken friend

EASTBOURNE artist Jan Mirisola-Jones will open her home - and her heart - to raise money for a cancer-stricken friend.

Jan, 50, who paints abstract pictures, will be raising money for Cancer Research UK from her home in Baslow Road as part of the Open Houses, Eastbourne Festival 2011.

“Most people have experience of a loved one who has suffered with this terrifying disease, and by raffling one of my paintings I hope to raise money for my closest friend who is going through hell,” said Jan.

Jan will display her paintings on each Sunday of the Eastbourne Festival from April 24 to May 15. She is also sharing the space with award-winning visual artist Cathryn Kemp.

It is the raffle of one of her original paintings through which Jan is passionate about and she is calling for lots of support from locals.

She said, “That everyone will be affected by this terrible malaise at some point in their lives, is most certainly true.

“My father, Giuseppe died from prostate cancer over six years ago. It is a form of cancer which can so easily be prevented with regular medical check- ups.

“My very dear friend, Juliet, who is only 44 years old, and is married with two children, is suffering from another form of this disease and unfortunately it has been diagnosed as terminal.

“I am therefore supporting Cancer Research UK, despite the fact it may be too late to help my friend. At least others may benefit from it.

“Juliet’s strength, courage and dignity throughout the development of her cancer has been an inspiration to me so I am encouraging everyone to come along to my studio and help support such a worthy cause.”

The prize draw will be held on the final Sunday, May 15.

Cathryn and Jan will be welcoming visitors with a glass of bubbly, and the opportunity to buy their original artwork, cards and prints of their work.

All proceeds for the prize draw will go to Cancer Research UK and people can visit to make a donation and/or purchase raffle tickets in the meantime.