Hudson -- A sale of artwork, illustrations and books will help benefit Alzheimer's research to find a cure for the disease that causes memory loss.
Raphael "Ray" Poritsky, former Hudson Society of Artist member and anatomy/medical illustration professor and author, died Aug. 19, 2013. But his accumulation of work will help those with Alzheimer's, the disease that claimed his life at age 83.
Since September is World Alzheimer's Awareness Month, the family of Dr. Poritsky is having an unique memorial service for him on Sept. 29 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Barlow Community Center, 41 S. Oviatt St., that includes showing and selling his fine artwork and his medical illustration, textbooks and other works.
People need to see his artwork in person to understand his accomplishments and how much he did, said daughter-in-law Laura Poritsky.
The family has partnered with the local Alzheimer's Association chapter to make it a community fundraiser event open to the public. It will feature Dr. Poritsky's artwork for sale along with information from Alzheimer's Association and NEOMED.
The fundraiser will feature Dr. Poritsky's original artwork, medical illustrations and books for sale with a portion donated to the Alzheimer's Association-Greater East Ohio Chapter.
"We had two houses full of artwork and didn't know what to do," Poritsky said.
Close to 1,000 works of art will be available to purchase, including 18 by 24 pastels, oils, drawings, sculptures and medical anatomy books, she said.
Most of the artwork is matted and some framed.
Prices range from $1 for copies, $5 for cards and an average of $50 for most artwork.
Anatomy professor, medical illustrator, author and fine artist, Dr. Poritsky discovered a talent for sketch artistry while serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and earned a master's degree in zoology and a doctorate in anatomy. He was a director at Case Western Reserve University in the medical illustration program and wrote and illustrated several textbooks. When he wasn't teaching or writing, he painted along other artists in the Hudson Society of Artists.
One of his works is a painting of the old Hudson Post Office, which hangs behind the counter at the new Hudson Post Office on Ravenna Street, Poritsky said.
The memorial service will also feature a loving tribute to Dr. Poritsky's late wife and caretaker, Connie Parsons Poritsky (1930 - 2011).
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