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Faces of Opioids/ Catherine Martin Opioid Project
$950 raised
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Ended Jan 29, 2019

Catherine Martin has been painting portraits for families that have lost loved ones to the opioid epidemic. She knows the pain as she lost her son. She spent most of her life savings to do this meaningful work. We are raising funds to offset the cost of shipping and materials so this incredible project can continue.

If you were to name one acrylic painter that exemplifies the best of what expressionistic realism should be... Cathy Martin would be on the top of that list. She uses the medium to create dramatic expressionism with vivid color and bold brushstrokes often pushing realism into abstract. Her paintings are spontaneous and flooded with bright colors. She is an honest painter who sees the world in her own way, but has been greatly influenced by Alfred Chadbourne, Charles Sovek, Elaine de Kooning, and Alice Neal.

Cathy continues to study with contemporary impressionistic masters throughout the U.S. In the past few years, Cathy has studied with many of the most renowned master instructors in the United States including the late Charles Sovek, John Poon, Dan Beck, Rick McCure, Peggi Kroll Roberts, Robert Liberace, Stephen Early and others.

Cathy is in private and corporate collections throughout North Carolina. Whether she is painting figures, landscapes or abstracts, her executions come off with an impact; telegraphing attitude, emotion and style. Cathy is a well-known art instructor in the Triangle. She resides in Apex and owns The Red Canvas Art Studio.

To request a painting:

If you have lost a loved one to the opioid epidemic you can request a painting of your loved one at no cost to you : please email April Rovero at ncapda1@gmail.com

Send three photos of your loved one, their name, age and your shipping address. There is a waiting list but they will get to you. This is free to the families however Faces of Opioids will be making a donation from our membership drive to assist in the cost of shipping and materials for this project by Catherine Martin so please donate!!!

Dead on the bathroom floor at work was all that went through my head when my best friend, Heather Jouget, died on May 6, 2017 of a heroin/fentanyl overdose. When very few people showed up for her funeral, I knew it was because heroin was tied to her death. Despite the fact she had worked for the state police for years as a dispatcher and commanded respect in that position, so many disassociated with Heather in her death. I felt there should never be shame in dying. I decided to start a Facebook group on June 11, 2017, that would show the faces and stories of people affected by the opioid epidemic.

This organization shares the faces and the stories of opioid addiction. According to the CDC, at least 630,000 have died in the United States since 1999 from an overdose. We are putting a face to this opioid epidemic. Opioids, such as FENTANYL, are in every state, city, and suburb. The time for being complacent is gone!   Join us as we fight this epidemic and break the stigma.

One of the main projects of the organization is Little Faces which is a one of a kind program for children under the age of 18 who have lost a parent, sibling, or primary caretaker to the opioid epidemic. We provide each child a free memorial package, which includes a pillow made from the lost love one’s shirt or a stuffed animal, treats and cards throughout the year, and resource materials for the caregivers on grief and addiction. We raise money in order to make this a free service for the families and that is why we are asking for your help. We have over 300 children in our program that have enrolled since its inception in March 2018 and we do rounds of 40 children per round which is an estimated cost of $1300. We are also expanding our Little Faces program in 2019 to also adapt an education program that we can incorporate in schools and will be geared towards children that may have addiction already in their families.

Our other large project is the Wall of Faces, which shows the faces of people in recovery, active use, and people we have lost to the opioid epidemic. Faces of Opioids is currently collecting photos for our Virtual Wall of Faces. In order to bring more awareness to the opioids epidemic, we are planning to display all of these photos in D.C. in 2019 with your help!!

Our desire is to make this donor drive a success and obtain our goal so that we will not need to do additional fundraising in 2019 for our Little Faces program!! All donations can be deducted from your taxes and we will provide a tax receipt!! We are asking each active member of our organization to donate at least $2 and if each one does then we will exceed our goal of $30k raised. If this group has given you any support then we ask for you to please support us so we can conitnue our good works and spread awareness and support of this horrific epidemic.

Thank-you,

Melissa Anne Dunford

Founder and Executive Director

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