Rockport Art Group Honors Ako

Ako's friends from her Monday night sketch group have decided on several ways to remember Ako. First off, they have arranged for an oil portrait of her to be put out on exhibit at the Rockport Art Association. The portrait is hanging there now, open to the public, at 12 Main Street in Rockport, Massachusetts.

Ako's sketch-group-friends have started up a collection to buy the portrait from the artist, Theresa Pergal, in order to send it to Ako's parents.

In return, Theresa will donate the funds she receives for the work to establish a prize that will be given each year by the Rockport Art Association in Ako's memory.

Also, the annual show of the sketch group&emdash;scheduled for February&emdash;will be dedicated to Ako.

Anyone wishing to see Ako's portrait can visit the Rockport Art Association. The gallery is open from 10 to 5 Monday through Saturday, and from 12 to 5 on Sunday. The Rockport Art Association's website