Art for Haiti: Benefit Exhibit

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"Art For Haiti" flyer. Based on the drawing "Uproot" by Mark Vallen.

Starting February 5, 2011, José Vera Fine Art & Antiques in Los Angeles will present a month long exhibition of artworks related to the people, culture, and history of Haiti.

Proceeds from the sales of these artworks will be used to provide direct material aid to the Haitian people, who are currently suffering from a long train of abuses and natural disasters - not the least of which was the January 2010 earthquake that left in its wake an estimated 1,000,000 homeless, 300,000 injured, and 316,000 dead.

I have submitted a 23 x 25 inch black and white drawing to the exhibit titled Uproot, a term used by Haitians to describe “pulling the old regime up by its roots,” - a reference to the mass uprising in Haiti that overthrew the corrupt Duvalier dictatorship in 1986. My drawing in lithographic pencil on watercolor paper has also been combined with text to serve as a flyer (shown above) and postcard announcing the exhibit (download and print a .pdf version of my 8.5 x 10 flyer). Money collected during the Art for Haiti Benefit Exhibition will go to Hope for Haiti, and All Hands Volunteers, organizations that are sending food, medicines, clothing, cholera prevention kits, and other vital supplies to the Haitian people.

The José Vera gallery will also be hosting a number of fundraising events as part of its Art for Haiti Benefit Exhibition. On Feb. 5 the gallery will hold an Opening Night Gala - with the $20 suggested door price going directly towards Haitian relief efforts. On Feb. 12 the Opening Reception for the art exhibit will be held (this is a free event but donations to Haitian relief are encouraged). On Feb. 19th a Poetry Reading Event organized by Isabel Rojas-Williams will take place - the $5 suggested admittance going towards Haitian relief. Finally, on Feb. 26 an Open Discussion Forum will be held to discuss the continuing challenges in Haiti and how the public might best aid the Haitian people. For a full schedule of exhibit hours and related events, please visit the José Vera gallery website. In the weeks to follow I will post a statement on the meaning of my drawing, and what motivated my creating it.

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