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Alexandra Nechita
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Alexandra Nechita

Born August 27, 1985 (1985-08-27) (age 22)
Vaslui, Romania
Nationality Romanian, American
Movement Cubism
Influenced by Pablo Picasso
Alexandra Nechita (b. August 27, 1985) is a Romanian-born American cubist painter and muralist.

[edit] Biography
She was born in Vaslui, three months after her father, Niki Nechita, escaped from Communist Romania. She and her mother, Viorica Nechita, waited two years to rejoin him in the United States. The family settled in California, where her father found work as a lab technician, and her mother as an office manager.

At the age of two, she was working with pen and ink and by five was working with watercolors. Upon her seventh birthday, oil and acrylics were her tools. She had her first solo exhibition at the age of eight at the public library in Whittier, Los Angeles County.

She has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show and has appeared with numerous celebrities, including Bill Clinton. Her talent led to her being known as the "Petite Picasso" as her work, to some, resembles that of the master; she has been known as a child prodigy until late in her teens.

In November of 1999, Alexandra was selected by the World Federation of United Nations Associations to lead a Global Arts Initiative involving more than 100 nations. In 2005, Alexandra Nechita unveiled her United Nations Peace Monument for Asia in Singapore. It is to be set up for display at the Catholic High School.

She dedicated a theatre at the Lutheran High School of Orange County, which was her high school. It is known as the Nechita Center for the Arts, and has 740 seats.

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Alexandra Nechita at the Internet Movie Database
Alexandra Nechita Website
"Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman", by Jit Fong Chin, June 23, 2003
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As a 7-year-old diagnosed with a severe form of leukemia, Naomi Bartley found support and love from her family and inspiration from letters sent by friends.

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She kept those letters in a box she called a hope chest. Twenty years later, after a bone marrow transplant that saved her life, Bartley is using hope chests as a theme for a fundraising gala to raise awareness and money to fund cancer research for children.
Bartley, a Wheaton resident and medical researcher, helped organize the Naomi's Hope for a Cure fundraiser. The Nov. 16 gala will include a live auction of several large wooden hope chests signed and painted by celebrities and politicians, including former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara; U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.); and seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong.

''You keep all those memories, pictures and things you keep near and dear to you in the chest," Bartley said. ''... It symbolizes the hope of finding a true cure for kids with cancer, and hopefully it will personally mean something to [the people who purchase] them."

The hope chest signed by Bush was created by Oklahoma artist Denise Duong. Adorned with a painted American flag, the chest includes part of the former president's inaugural speech and photos of Bush in World War II, as president and during his recent skydiving adventure. There is also a painting of a robin in memory of Bush's daughter Robin, who lost her battle with childhood cancer at age 3.

The proceeds will benefit Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation, a Kensington-based nonprofit led by Ruth Hoffman, Bartley's mother, and created in 1970 for childhood cancer victims and their families.

Hoffman was able to get the politicians involved through C-Change, an organization made up of leaders in government, business and nonprofits. C-Change works toward promoting early detection for cancer and eventually a cure for the disease. The organization is co-chaired by Barbara and George H.W. Bush, and Feinstein is vice chairwoman.

Bartley was inspired by her own battles with cancer as a child in London, Ontario, and again when she was 24. Her second bout was a direct result of the chemotherapy and full-body radiation she received as a child, she said.

Treatments, she said, that are outdated and too harsh for children.

''Treatment they were using for kids with cancer hasn't developed since I was there," she said. ''... So many research dollars are going to adults over kids."

While Bartley has survived both battles, she has experienced other negative health effects, including high blood pressure, a heart condition and possible infertility.

The idea of auctioning hope chests to raise money developed from her passion to help other children. She enlisted Alexandra Nechita, the first artist for the project, at a Rockville art exhibit. Once Nechita agreed to paint and sign a hope chest for the fundraiser, it was easy to find support from other American and Canadian artists and large corporate sponsors, Bartley said.

The idea of combining art and a fundraiser for scientific research seemed natural for Bartley, who became well known at a young age in Ontario for playing the violin. She came from a musical family, and when she and her brother, Nathan, were growing up, the siblings received plenty of attention, awards and scholarships for their musical skills.

The connection between the two was strengthened when Nathan, then 9, donated bone marrow that would save his sister's life. Without the transplant, she stood little chance of survival. With it, doctors said the 7-year-old still wouldn't live to see her eighth birthday.

Hoffman, who now lives in Kensington, calls Bartley's survival a ''miracle," and said money raised through the gala might help children live a normal life after cancer.

''She doesn't want other children to go through what she had to go through," Hoffman said.

Tina Duong, a former co-worker of Bartley who is the sister of artist Denise Duong, said she was inspired by Bartley's passion to help organize the gala event with her and impressed by Bartley's ability to lift other people's spirits.

''Her passion for this cause moves people," Duong said.

If you go

Tickets are still available for Naomi's Hope for a Cure gala event, which will start 6:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW, Washington, D.C. Proceeds will go to Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation's research initiative in Kensington. The gala dinner will include a silent auction and live auction, including 15 wooden ''hope chests," all hand-painted by artists or signed by celebrities. The event is black tie optional. Tickets are $250 per person or $2,500 for a table of 10. For more information, visit

Gentle breezes blew and the moon shined through the clouds as 350 people entered the Lower Delaware Autism Foundation's Blue Jean Ball and Fall Art Show at Nassau Valley Vineyards Saturday, Oct. 20. They helped raise more than $34,000 to provide support and programs for people with autism.

The stage was set for fun from the start as many blue-jeaned women wore glittering tops of silver and gold, and some of the men took the name of the Blue Jean Ball quite seriously, wearing their jeans with cummerbunds and tuxedo shirts. The success of the event to benefit the Lower Delaware Autism Foundation (LDAF) was ensured with wonderful artwork, excellent food prepared by Peggy Raley's staff, live music by Love Seed Mama Jump and some glittery bling for everyone.

"Everyone had a great time, the band was tons of fun, the art was beautiful and it all came together to support LDAF's vision and mission," said LDAF Program and Event Coordinator Mary Green.

"The Blue Jean Ball was an amazing show of support of individuals with autism in Sussex County. The sold-out crowd and the artist and sponsor support was more than we could have hoped for," said Green. "It was truly a success for our kids!"

Artists support LDAF

Continuing their local tradition of supporting their community, 24 artists provided works to be sold to the first taker and at live auction to benefit LDAF. Artist Meg Landis said she is especially drawn to support LDAF because her autistic son, now attending Cape Henlopen High School, has been part of the Sussex Consortium program for 12 years. Her older daughter worked as a paraprofessional last summer and is now attending St. Mary's College of Maryland.

Other artists who supported LDAF are photographers Diana Bennett, Steven Billups and Richard Tikiob. Painters Abraxas, Matty Adler, Tim Bell, Michelle Byrne, Andrew Criss, Michelle Green, Tara Grim, Kim Klabe, Constance Kollock, Lesley McCaskill, Allene Martinez, Alexandra Nechita, Amanda Ponko, Charles Rowe, Jonathan Spivak, Hugh Thornton and Jack Wiberg contributed to the show. Fabric artists Betsey VonDreele, glassmaker Deb Appleby and pastel artists Nicholas Serratore and Laura Hickman joined them.

The artists generously donated 50 percent of the price of works sold at silent auction and 100 percent of monies earned during the live auction.

Art by young people

Young artists with autism between the ages of 4 and 19 displayed their art works in competition as part of the fall art show, where people attending the Blue Jean Ball selected their favorite from 15 pieces on display. Reed Bellinger, 8-years-old, won the art competition with his colorful abstract painting, "Imagination." His parents donated the painting to the live auction, where it sold for $2,300.

Other young artists whose works were displayed are Damien Pulley, Sammy Kelly, Sean Mackesey, Derek Eliason, Brian Wejrowski, Trevor Scott, Mark Kleinstuber, Kevin Dubbs, Reed Bellinger, Charlie Permint, Timothy Magee, Alan Fogleman and Brian Beitzel.

One touching piece was submitted by 8-year-old Alan Fogleman who worked with his father to create a glass bead.

The bead was displayed in a case, hanging from a piece of metal shaped like a piece of a jigsaw puzzle � being the symbol of the LDAF motto, "Fitting the pieces . . . Together."

Next to the display was a small book, unnoticed by many, which had photographs of Alan at work. On the first page was a story told by Alan, "Passing the Flame From Father to Son."

"I watched my Daddy make beads for a long time," Alan said, and explained about how his father taught him what he needed to know to make the bead in the hot flame.

"When I finished the bead it made me feel tingly inside because I never gave up."

Perhaps that's what the LDAF Blue Jean Ball and Fall Art Show was really about � people feeling tingly inside because they were helping LDAF and LDAF never gives up.


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