Mood Disorders Association of Ontario Launches "Touched By Fire" campaign to celebrate the artistic skills of people with mood disorders



    Toronto show and on-line gallery planned for November, 2007

    TORONTO, Aug. 24 /CNW/ - People with mood disorders struggle - but often,
they also create. And their work can be remarkable. Gauguin. Van Gogh. Georgia
O'Keefe. Jackson Pollock. Michelangelo.
    The Mood Disorders Association of Ontario (MDAO) today has launched a
unique campaign designed to celebrate the creativity, importance and impact of
artists who live with mood disorders. Entitled, "Touched By Fire," this
special showcase of art will welcome participants of all experience levels,
from the professional creator to those who have never displayed their art
before. It will feature paintings, drawings, and photography; other
categories, such as sculpture and pottery, are planned for the future. The
works will be open for viewing (and for purchase) both through a special
on-line gallery and a weeklong exhibition in November 2007.
    "Creativity has long been associated with depression, bipolar disorder,
and the like," says Karen Liberman, Executive Director of MDAO. "But
sometimes, a person's talent can be hidden under the weight of their illness.
'Touched By Fire' will provide a great new opportunity for artists with mood
disorders - and we believe the public will be knocked out by the skill that
will be displayed."
    Raymond James Ltd., one of Canada's premier independent investment
dealers, has stepped forward as the Presenting Sponsor of "Touched By Fire".
Peter Kahnert, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Corporate
Communications, clearly agrees.
    "We wanted to support 'Touched By Fire' for two key reasons. First, we
believe deeply in the importance of supporting the arts in Canada. Second,
this is an opportunity for Raymond James to support individuals and families
who live with the many challenges surrounding mood disorders. "Touched By
Fire" is a celebration of talented artists, but it is also a reminder to all
of us, that there is hope and help for those affected by mood disorders.
Depression is real, but so too are answers. We are pleased to partner with
MDAO to help shed some light on this important message."
    The 'Touched By Fire' exhibition will begin Thursday evening, November
15th, 2007, with a private reception at the Gladstone Hotel on Toronto's Queen
Street West. It will continue at the Gladstone through Tuesday, November 20th.
The on-line gallery, with a full range of art not displayed at the Gladstone
due to space limitations, will be available for viewing beginning
approximately at the same time. The site can be accessed at
www.touchedbyfire.ca. Procedural details for those wishing to display at
'Touched By Fire' are available now at the same site, or by contacting MDAO.

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For further information:

For further information: Karen Liberman, Executive Director, Mood
Disorders Association of Ontario, 1-888-486-8236 ext 226,
karenl@mooddisorders.on.ca or Peter Kahnert, Senior Vice President, Corporate
Communications and Marketing, Raymond James Ltd., (416) 777-7052, (416)
777-7183 Fax, peter.kahnert@raymondjames.ca, www.raymondjames.ca

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