Bid for the cure

Susan Matthews with a ceramic sculpture that will be auctioned on Oct. 1. Sculpted in Greece by Ceil Sturdivant, a ceramics instructor at the Ellis School, the work, titled “The Purification of Hera,” was crafted of clay from the Greek island of Samos in the North Aegean Sea. Photo by Tom Steiner for The Citizen

After the mother of one of Susan Matthews’ closest friends passed away, the victim of breast cancer, she knew that she could not simply offer her condolences and go back to life and business as usual.

And it was her business, Matthews Arts on North Balph Avenue in Bellevue, that provided the perfect opportunity for a fund-raising project to support research that hopefully will lead to a cure for this disease.

With that goal in mind, the gallery will hold its fourth annual art auction for breast cancer research on Friday, Oct. 1, from 6 to 9 p.m., with all proceeds being donated to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Pittsburgh Affiliate.

“Everyone knows someone who has been affected by this terrible disease,” Matthews said. “We all have to do what we can. We hold the auction on the first Friday of October each year, because October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.”

So far, artists have provided close to 60 paintings, pints and pieces of sculpture for the auction that will be called by her sister, Barbara Averell.

In addition to works by professional artists, some children’s artwork will be auctioned. Also, individuals have donated pieces from their personal collections.

Besides the works being auctioned, Matthews will raffle a framed print, “Madonna and Child” by Vicki Ivancik.

Anyone requesting additional information regarding the event or requesting a brochure should call 412-761-0301 or send an email to
The same contacts should be used by anyone offering artwork for the auction.

“Last year, we raised over $2,600,” Matthews said, “and we are hoping that our four-year total will top $10,000 by the end of this year’s auction. This cause is a good one. A cure must be found.”

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