Bonnie Twomey Releases New Book Sweet Freedom: Mending a Heart Broken by Mental Illness

(1888 PressRelease) A firsthand account of a paranoid schizophrenic’s courageous battle for a better life.

GLOUCESTER, Mass. – After she began experiencing hallucinations and other symptoms as an adolescent, Bonnie Twomey endured peer ridicule, family frustration, and ineffective medical intervention before she was finally diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. But putting a name to her demons was just the beginning of Bonnie’s journey.

In Sweet Freedom: Mending a Heart Broken by Mental Illness, Bonnie shares her struggles in learning how to thrive while living with mental illness. For her, it was an ongoing two steps forward, one step back process that demanded honest introspection, cutting ties with negative influences, and enduring a healthcare system that too often fails patients.

“Sweet Freedom is a raw, honest account of how I fought to overcome mental illness and live an independent, productive life filled with friends, love and hope,” explains Twomey. “It wasn’t an easy process, but I’ve found my place in the world. My hope is that this book will inspire others who are struggling by showing that recovery from mental illness is possible.”

The book also discusses Bonnie’s decision to participate in a study that resulted in the groundbreaking The Bonnie Tapes; a set of published interviews with Bonnie’s family members discussing her condition’s impact on them individually and as a whole. It was the turning point that gave Bonnie a new purpose: to be a mental health advocate.

Sweet Freedom can be purchased online through SDP Publishing, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other retailers.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR — Bonnie Twomey is a courageous woman. Despite many life challenges, she found the strength to endure and battle constant struggles due to a life-threatening diagnosis and mental illness. She suffered days filled with managing health issues and ineffective mental health providers – a painful process she had to fight alone. Due to the uncaring negligence of her caretakers, she lost everything. To recover and live a healthy life, she moved to Gloucester, MA, and claimed the better things in life she fought for and deserved.

Bonnie and her family participated in the award-winning and highly acclaimed documentary The Bonnie Tapes. The tapes discussed her recovery from mental illness and how her family bravely dealt with issues surrounding Bonnie’s illness.

Bonnie wishes to continue to reach out to share the message that recovery from life-long trauma is possible and to help others find a place in the world. To learn more about Bonnie, visit

Dr. Pachavit Kasemsap-Donates to Community-ST. Jude Children’s Hospital-On the front line with Virus-Served As Surgeon In middle East-Medical-Medical Director in USA

(1888 PressRelease) Dr. Kasemsap is a board certified general surgeon and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He graduated from Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO and he completed his general surgery residency at University of Illinois, Chicago. After residency, he entered active duty in the US Air Force. He served his country proudly for a total of nine years as an officer.

Dr. Kasemsap Help all in the community with this various. He works in the front line to help improve the health of the country during this pandemic. He also donates to The ST. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Kasemsap is a board certified general surgeon and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He graduated from Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO and he completed his general surgery residency at University of Illinois, Chicago. After residency, he entered active duty in the US Air Force. He served his country proudly for a total of nine years and reached the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. While in the military, he established a Bariatric Surgery (weight loss operations) program that was recognized as a Center of Excellence by Air Force Headquarters. He also served as a Flight Surgeon for the 561st Fighter Squadron and deployed to both Middle East conflicts. After the military, Dr. Kasemsap started his private practice career in general surgery. He specialized in laparoscopic and bariatric surgery. He has performed over 3,000 operations.

In 2011, he graduated as valedictorian from the University of Miami’s MBA Program for Health Sector Management and Policy. With his MBA, Dr. Kasemsap has been able to affect positive changes in thousands of patients’ lives as a physician executive.

Vibrant Paintings by Marc Chagall, Montague Dawson, Daniel Ridgway Knight will be in A. B. Levy’s Online Auction Nov. 19

A watercolor on paper figural work by Marc Chagall, a life-size marble figure of Pamona by Adelaide Pandiani Maraini, a Chinese Imperial style ormolu, enamel and paste-set automaton table clock, and original oil paintings by Montague Dawson and Daniel Ridgway Knight will all come up for bid in A. B. Levy’s online-only auction Thursday, Nov. 19.

The auction – officially titled The Collector: Jewelry, Art, Antiques & Asian Works of Art – is packed with European paintings, 20th century decorative art, fine jewelry, antiques, drawings and sculpture. Online bidding will be provided by and the A. B. Levy’s website ( Phone and absentee bids will be accepted.

“Representing the rich artistic diversity of the 19th and 20th centuries, this sale features art that spans a variety of countries and schools, led by the Barbizon, Orientalist, Sporting and Belle Époque genres,” said Albert Levy, the owner of A. B. Levy’s. “With enticing estimates, including property offered without reserve, this sale presents an opportunity for new as well as established collectors to discover this diverse category.”

Live bidding will begin promptly at 2 pm Eastern time.

The colorful and vibrant tempera, gouache, pastel, crayon and watercolor painting by the famous Russian-French artist Marc Chagall (1887-1985), titled The Artist at His Easel, is artist signed lower right and measures 8 ½ inches by 11 ½ inches (less frame). The pre-sale estimate is $100,000-$200,000. Works by Chagall are highly prized by collectors.

Just as coveted are paintings by the renowned British maritime artist Montague Dawson (1890-1973). His circa 1949 oil rendering titled Deep Waters – depicting a four-masted steel barque that was built in Hawaii in 1892 by C. Connell & Co., Glasgow, Scotland – is expected to bring $60,000-$80,000. The painting is 39 inches tall by 34 inches wide.

The beautiful Imperial style ormolu, enamel and paste-set automaton table clock, after the Guangzhou Workshops in China, 37 ½ inches tall, boasts a richly gilded upright case resting on elaborately ornamented bracket feet, with columns cast with opulate foliate scrolls, flowers and fruit, plus a painted 6 ½ inch dial, should realize $40,000-$70,000.

The lovely oil on canvas painting of a young woman in an outdoor setting titled Trimming Her Sunday Hat, by Daniel Ridgway Knight (American, 1839-1924), carries an estimate of $60,000-$90,000 and measures 31 inches by 25 inches. The painting is signed and inscribed (“Paris 1923”) lower right and is confirmed authentic by Howard L. Rehs.

The life-size Italian marble figure of Pamona with a Bacchic herm by Adelaide Pandiani Maraini (Italian, 1836-1917), created in Rome circa 1890-1890, should change hands for $60,000-$90,000. The statue, inscribed “Adelaide Maraini/Roma”, rests on an associated granite plinth with a title plaque from around 1850. The group has a height of 84 inches.

The lighting category will be led by a circa 1925 Simonet Frères (French) gilt bronze 12-light chandelier, each trumpet form arm having frosted and ribbed glass cylindrical beads, 32 inches tall (est. $15,000-$25,000); and a pair of 19th century Louis XV-style ormolu 10-light wall appliques, 33 inches tall, each with asymmetrical foliate backplate issuing a scrolled acanthus branch supporting multi-tiered candle-arms (est. $12,000-$18,000).

Another star lot of the lighting category is the Handel patinated metal table lamp with a reverse painted 17 ¾-inch diameter glass shade depicting a woodland landscape, signed by artist John Bailey, has an estimate of $6,000-$9,000. Sculptures will feature a fine carved marble bust (Continental, 19th century), of a young beauty gazing, her hair pulled pack and a rope draped over her shoulders, 28 inches tall on a plinth (est. $5,000-$8,000).

A beautiful Daum Nancy wheel-carved cameo and martele glass vase, circa 1910, with low relief applied decoration, signed in intaglio “Daum Nancy” with the Cross of Lorraine, should earn $15,000-$20,000; while a gorgeous grey glass vase by René Lalique (French, 1860-1945), titled Grimpereaux (circa 1920), 8 ½ inches tall and contained in the Lalique catalogue raisonné de l’oeuvre de verre, has an estimate of $2,500-$3,500

Returning to original paintings, an oil on canvas by Jules Rene (French, 1887-1981), titled French Bookstalls, signed lower right and verso and measuring 18 ½ inches by 12 ½ inches (sight, less 25 inch by 22 inch frame), should fetch $5,000-$8,000; while an oil on canvas by Georges Binet (French, 1865-1949), titled Le Havre, 18 inches by 24 inches (sight, less 26 ½ inch by 32 ½ inch frame), carries a pre-sale estimate of $4,000-$7,000.

An oil on canvas painting by the British marine artist David James (1853-1904), titled The tide coming in on the Cornish coast, signed and dated lower right, 25 inches by 50 inches (sight, less frame), should hit $5,000-$8,000. Also, an oil on canvas by Chauncey Foster Ryder (1868-1949), the early 20th century American Postimpressionist landscape artist, titled The Valley Meadow, signed, 25 inches by 30 inches (sight) should make $3,000-$5,000.

A terre de faïence plate by the iconic Spanish artist Pablo Picasso (1871-1973), titled Oiseau No. 93 (1963), numbered (147/200), 9 ¾ inches in diameter, titled and inscribed (‘Edition Picasso’ and ‘Madoura’), is expected to sell for $3,000-$5,000. Also, an attractive large Chinese celadon basin decorated with raised white overglaze of auspicious symbol and floating celestial ribbons among stylized lotus and flora, circa 1820, 14 ¾ in diameter, should command $800-$1,200.

Rounding out just a couple more expected top lots, a circa 1971 oil on canvas painting by one of the legendary Highwaymen artists Sam Newton (b. 1948), titled Coastal Scene with Trees, signed and dated lower right, should bring $800-$1,200; and an antique Burmese set of sixteen double-sided Kammavaca (or Buddhist) manuscripts, circa 1890, written in Bali in red and black lacquer on a gold leaf ground, with original pictorial cover boards, should reach $1,200-$1,800.

A buyer’s premium of 20 percent will be applied to all purchases up to $100,000 (15 percent after that). Previews will be held by private appointment only in the A. B. Levy’s gallery at 5200 South Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach. To schedule an appointment, call 561-827-0652.

To learn more about A.B. Levy’s and the November 19th online-only auction titled The Collector: Jewelry, Art, Antiques & Asian Works of Art please visit

About A.B. Levy’s:
A. B. Levy’s is actively accepting quality consignments for future auctions. To consign a single piece, an estate or a collection, you may call them at (561) 835-9139, or you can e-mail them at To learn more about A.B. Levy’s, visit

Media Contact:
Albert Levy
A. B. Levy’s
5200 South Dixie Highway
West Palm Beach, FL 33405

Artiana to host their flagship South Asian Art Auction from 24-28 September 2020

24 September 2020, Dubai – Following the continued success of all their auctions this year including their last South Asian art auction held in March, Artiana is pleased to present their current catalogue of modern and contemporary artworks from the Indian subcontinent. Paintings and sculptures by South Asia’s leading artists will be available for online bidding from 24 to 28 September 2020 on their website

Collectors, seasoned and new, can acquire works by artists from the Progressive Artists Group such as Maqbool Fida Husain, Sayed Haider Raza, Akbar Padamsee, Francis Newton Souza, and Ram Kumar. The sale also features works by established modernists and contemporary artists Sakti Burman, Himmat Shah, Jogen Chowdhury, Zarina Hashmi, Jamil Naqsh alongside Neo-tantric art vanguards G.R. Santosh and Sohan Qadri.

Leading the collection is M.F. Husain’s seminal new to market work “Afternoon Tea After The Kill” painted in 1989 depicting the artist’s insightful and spirited take on the British colonial period in India and Untitled (Laxmi) depicting the Hindu goddess with a white elephant alluding abundance and auspiciousness painted in 1998.

Another untitled work from the artist featuring two horses with an elephant is also part of the suite, all with impeccable provenance. Also part of the sale is an important work by Ganesh Pyne’s from 1982 titled, “Vulture” showcasing the artist’s brand of poetic surrealism. Other highlights include signature works by S.H. Raza including “Rajasthan”(1998) and “Prakriti”(2006); Jamil Naqsh’s “Untitled-Lady with a Pigeon”(2006); F.N. Souza’s “Untitled-Nude”(1965) and “Head”(1963); and one from Krishen Khanna’s Bandwallas series. Two introspective paintings painted in 1992 and a bronze sculpture by Akbar Padamsee will also go under the hammer.

Interested buyers can bid online at or through the ARTIANA mobile app, from September 24 (6:00 pm) to September 28 (9:00 pm) UAE time with a No Buyer’s Premium policy: ‘What You Bid Is What You Pay’. Artiana’s FlexiPay, which allows buyers to ‘Bid Now Pay Later,’ will also be available for clients subject to eligibility. (FlexiPay scheme details are available on their website.)

The sale catalogue can be browsed online while a viewing appointment can be arranged from September 12-24, 2020, from 11 am to 6 pm at Artiana’s art gallery located in Metropolis Tower in Downtown Dubai. For further information on how to register and bid, visit their website at For quick assistance and inquiries, call Artiana’s Help Desk at +971 55 815 3030 or write to