Former Oxala Gallery owner Omar Valencia was diagnosed with advanced, Stage IV, non-Hodgkins Lymphoma just over two months ago.

In November, Valencia had sold his gallery at 1653 W. 18th St. in order to take his dying mother back to Colombia. Since his diagnosis he has been in and out of hospitals and is now receiving outpatient chemotherapy treatments at Stroger Hospital.

The benefit will be hosted at Citlalin Gallery and Theater, 2005 S. Blue Island Ave. A $25 donation includes food, beverages, live entertainment, a silent art auction and one raffle ticket. 

Additional contributions would be greatly appreciated. Checks can be made payable to Omar Valencia, and any inquiries/RSVPs can be directed to Please send payment to Colibri Studios, 2032 W. 18th St., Chicago, IL 60608 by Aug. 13th. Payment at the door will also be accepted.