News and Updates

Featured Artist Series: Barbara Psimas

We’re making Artopia 2015 our best ever! Our partners at 7Hills Communications are producing several videos featuring some of the artists that support Big Bend Cares and Artopia. Artist Barbara Psimas is the next talent in our Featured Artist Series for Artopia 2015. We hope you’ll enjoy learning more about Barbara and her special approach to art.

UNC-Chapel Hill, GSK partner to find cure for HIV/AIDS

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a leading global public research university with significant expertise in HIV basic and clinical research, and GSK, a global, research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare company with a legacy of success in developing treatments for HIV, today announced the creation of the dedicated HIV Cure center and a jointly owned new company that will focus on discovering a cure for HIV/AIDS. This unique public-private partnership will redefine the traditional way of conducting research and create a new model to seek the breakthroughs needed to tackle an extraordinarily challenging global health issue.

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Experimental AIDS Vaccine Targets Hidden Virus

WebMD News from HealthDay
By Randy Dotinga, HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, April 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Preliminary research suggests that an AIDS vaccine in development can ramp up the body’s immune system, boosting the response to medications HIV-positive patients take.

Years of research will be required to confirm that the vaccine works, and researchers don’t yet have the major funding needed to continue and push the experimental vaccine toward the market. Still, there’s tremendous potential, said study senior author Dr. Barbara Ensoli, director of the National AIDS Center at the National Institute of Health in Rome, Italy.

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Artopia 2015 Art Gallery – Now Showing!


We are excited to present you with a sampling of this year’s fantastic art to be auctioned off at Artopia. You’re sure to see something you like in our galleries, and there’s more art to come!

Artopia 2015 is right around the corner, and this year’s event stands to be the biggest and most rewarding ever for the families that we serve. It is hard to believe that Big Bend Cares has been hosting the area’s largest charity art auction for 17 years! Because the number of attendees and artists continues to grow, we will be holding the event at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center on Saturday, June 27.

Doors open at 7 p.m. for the general public, with a VIP private showing starting at 6 p.m. We hope you’ll join us!

Artopia 2015 – Better than Ever!

news-art-partners-2015Big Bend Cares is thrilled our “Friends in Art” have generously decided to partner with us this year pump up our prize pool for our valued artists.

The Frame Shoppe is offering a 25% discount on framing for artists participating in Artopia. The Frame Shoppe is a generous friend to Tallahassee for life, and Big Bend Cares is grateful for their help in making Artopia the best charity art auction in the area.

Blick Art Materials and Utrecht Art Supplies is sweetening the evening with special gift card awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place Winners, plus an extra for the Best In Show! Clearly, they love Tallahassee’s vibrant art community as much as we do!

Big Bend Cares is grateful for this special support of Artopia and our participating artists. We hope you’ll join us for Artopia on Saturday, June 27 – make a night of it!

What is HIV/AIDS?

public-awareness-org is an organization dedicated to connecting patients, students and professionals to the latest and most useful healthcare information and resources available.

When the AIDS crisis hit 30+ years ago, Americans faced a public health scare unlike anything they’d seen before. Stories of this devastating disease were a staple of the daily news. In recent years, it has received less media attention, giving the impression that it is no longer of much concern. However, with over 35 million people living with the disease globally, it is still a very real public health threat.

To increase public awareness of where we stand in the fight against HIV/AIDS, they’ve produced a short video and companion guide on this global effort. We’re pleased to help share the message!

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