Coloring books entertain young hospital patients

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A new charitable project called Color Us Well showed patients at local children’s hospitals how to get creative, get inspired and get well.

Uniting local artists, Color Us Well put together coloring books, featuring original artwork from some of the area’s most celebrated creative minds like Jose Bedia, Carlos Luna and Ferdie Pacheco. The acclaimed, emerging, and young talents involved, all designed a coloring book page with their unique style and message of hope, advocating that art can heal.

More than 200 books where donated during Color Us Well Days to Joe DiMaggio and Miami Children’s hospitals. To celebrate the artists and those who participated in touching the lives of hundreds of young patients, Color Us Well will host a commemorative event on May 13, from 6:30-9:30 p.m., at the Viceroy Hotel’s Club 50. Artist appearances, a live interactive painting by John DeFaro, and a charity art auction are all in store for the attendees.

To further the cause of helping children in need, all proceeds from the event, including the $10 entry donation, will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Norwegian Cruise Line has donated a four-day Bahamas cruise as the grand raffle prize, a top-notch item guaranteed to generate excitement and additional donations to the cause. Club 50 will give the first 50 guests a complimentary drink in addition to drink specials for the evening. RSVP is suggested at < >.

Inspired to give back to the community through taking a Landmark Education course, entrepreneur and graphic designer Elyssa Renert founded Color Us Well. In addition to supporting the local arts community, Jill Ruddy joined forces and expanded the project by including artwork created from children in South Florida. For more information about the project and artists involved, visit online at < >.

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