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art that educates, activates and donates

Hope Lives: Art for ALS is an annual art exhibition, fundraiser and ALS awareness event that takes place each May during ALS Awareness Month in San Francisco, CA. The exhibition merges Melissa Stephens' vocation with her desire to honor her sister's ALS journey. Lynn Giovannelli was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) in July 2020.


ALS is a neurodegenerative disease that breaks down the communication between a person's brain and their muscles.
It steals their ability to walk, talk, eat and breathe. The average lifespan for a diagnosed person is 2 - 5 years. There are a few medications that help slow the progression of ALS, but there is no cure.


But there is HOPE, and that is the springboard from which this exhibition launched.

Three sisters: Melissa Stephens, Lynn Giovannelli and Susanne Miller, at the first Hope Lives: Art for ALS exhibition 2022. The even was at the San Francisco Women Artists Gallery.

Three sisters, Melissa, Lynn and Susanne at the
2022 Hope Lives: Art for ALS exhibition.


Before Hope Lives: Art for ALS, Melissa Stephens started her Little Art Gallery, where she sold small encaustic paintings at discounted prices to raise money for ALS research. A little art can do BIG things! 


Fifty-five percent of sales from this Gallery is donated to the ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI). When you buy artwork from this site, you make an impact for people with ALS.


These small paintings make great gifts for special occasions, holidays or just because. They are a wonderful addition to decor in your home, business or office.


As Lynn said in this 2021 video, "ALS is not incurable; it's underfunded." Buy art that gives more to you and the ALS community.

Lynn Giovannelli navigated ALS with grace and strength. She taught everyone around her how to live through love and harness their gifts.

Lynn in 2022

Abstract Paint

MAY 2024

Join us for the Hope Lives: Art for ALS exhibition in May 2024. View artwork created by people with ALS that gives a glimpse of their inspired individual experience. Wine tasting, ekphrastic poetry and more! 

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