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Friday: Artist Holds Benefit for AIDS Orphanage at RedFish Gallery

Fisher Price toy designer Carol Snyder spent part of July in western Kenya on a ladder.  She had traveled to Crossroads Springs Institute with her pal and fellow Crossroads board member, Alison Hyde, to check on the more than 300 children who are in school there.  Carol arrived with plans to paint a large mural which would represent the hope and aspirations of Crossroads’ students who have all lost family members to HIV/AIDS.  The entire school community joined in the painting on one side of a school building.  Carol has been at Fisher Price for 22 years and has been a part of several design teams where she worked on Dollhouses, Fun with Food, and the Puffalumps line of toys, to name just a few.

With a fine art degree in painting and printmaking from the Kansas City Art Institute, she will be having an exhibit and sale of her art—inspired by trips to Africa and her love of children—at East Aurora’s redFish Art Studios on Friday, October 22 from 6-10pm.  Entertainment will be provided by Grace Turner and the Miraculous Rhythms of Sankofa Percussion Ensemble.  All proceeds will go directly to Crossroads Springs.  You can read more about this remarkable school at