Ridgefield resident Tina Cobelle-Sturges creates RADical Hope painting to support nonprofit's life-saving mission

Well-known, award-winning Ridgefield artist, Tina Cobelle-Sturges has once again donated a painting to RADical Hope Foundation for their fundraising event planned for November 29 at the Union League Club in New York City.

Founded by Ridgefield resident Larry Bossidy’s daughter and son-in-law Pam and Phil Martin in honor of their son, Chris who died by suicide in the fall of 2017, RADical Hope Foundation’s charge is to break the grip of emotional isolation that is claiming the lives of our youth. 

Sturges' 48” x 60” oil on canvas painting embraces the nonprofit’s mission. “It captures the essence of humanity - coming together to raise each other up toward a supported, loving and more harmonious tomorrow,” says Sturges.

RADical Hope operates on the priority principles: Connectivity, Engagement, Emotional Intelligence, Empowerment and Sustainability.

This is the second consecutive year Sturges shared her artistic prowess with RADical Hope. Last year, her painting went for a whopping $60,000 at auction.

Sturges says her abstract painting, “All Around Us” radiates positivity and connection. “Waves of color emerge from the very center of the painting, flowing outwards to create the arrangement of human figures in a circular grouping. The juxtaposition of color utilizing bright, ribbon-like strokes interwoven with some subtle whites invites the viewer to take a breath and be captivated by the moment inside. The figures might be seated or dancing amidst an ocean of color, in silence or enveloped in the ambiance of a musical rhapsody.”

RADical Hope has successfully given 10,000 students the tools to help with the increase of social disconnection college students are feeling like never before. The students in the program have given it rave reviews, with 87% recommending it to other students. Their goal is to reach 1 million kids, and do it while making sure there is zero cost to the institutions or kids participating in the program. 

The pandemic has only magnified the urgency to help our young people and the need for RADical Hope. 

According to a new BestColleges.com 2022 survey, 95% of college students have experienced negative mental health symptoms as a result of COVID-19 and nearly half (46%) of those who responded reported feeling isolated and lonely and close to one-third (32%) experienced feelings of hopelessness.

More information about RADical Hope’s powerful work can be found at www.radicalhopefoundation.org.

Please consider joining Larry Bossidy on his journey to save lives by donating to RADical Hope Foundation here.

Learn more about artist Tina Sturges www.tinacobellesturges.com

Submitted by Ridgefield, CT

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