Pamela's ArtPrize 2010 Series
Woman in Red
Woman in Red honors the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women
Displayed at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel • Grand Rapids
Woman in Red: The Inspiration
At age three, Natalie said, “Mommy, my heart hurts.”
Initial medical tests didn't reveal the real problem. But 12 years later Natalie found herself winded while playing high school lacrosse and casually mentioned to her parents that the pain in her heart had returned.
A non-invasive ultrasound revealed a tiny hole in her heart—a congenital heart defect known as PDA—that allowed blood to flow directly from the aorta into the pulmonary artery.
Using two tiny coils made of a special metal, Dr. Ron Grifka successfully repaired the hole, allowing Natalie to return to the lacrosse field 30 days later.
The American Heart Association's Go Red For Women movement and Natalie Ruggeri's willingness to appear in my artwork inspired my Woman in Red series. Today as a survivor, Natalie offers this advice: “Don't ignore your symptoms. Don't take things for granted. Cherish what you have.” Natalie knows life's value.
The Red Dress Artist
Following ArtPrize 2010, Pamela has had several opportunities to be a volunteer artist and ambassador for the AHA's Go Red For Women. Pamela is still often referred to as the Red Dress Artist which is warmly received knowing that people remember her art.
The Heart and Vascular Center of Metro Health Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan showcases Giclée reproductions of the Woman in Red series.
Pamela has been an ArtPrize artist since 2009
Woman in Red works donated to the Heart Center at Metro Health Hospital of Grand Rapids, Michigan and the American Heart Association of Grand Rapids, Michigan