Mark Vallen's ART FOR A CHANGE Newsletter - Oct. 2005
1) - AFRICAN AMERICAN... A new print to benefit the victims of Hurricane Katrina
2) - CURRENT & UPCOMING EXHIBITS... Vallen's exhibitions from Los Angeles to Chicago

"African American" Print by Mark Vallen "African American" Print by Mark Vallen
"African American" Print by Mark Vallen "African American" Print by Mark Vallen

African American
Mark Vallen 2005
Giclée Print 11" x 14"

Mark Vallen has published African American as a special edition Giclée print to benefit the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Twenty percent of all funds raised from the sale of this print will go directly to the Katrina Artists Trust (KAT.) The cost of Vallen's Giclée print is $100.

Printed in rich saturated colors on high quality fine art paper using archival inks, Vallen's lavishly detailed artwork measures 11" x 14" inches. African American is based on the artist's original 2004 oil on wood painting of the same name (now in a private collection.) Each print is suitable for framing and bares the artist's signature. To view a larger version of Vallen's painting, click here.

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The Katrina Artists Trust was established by the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, as a grant-making trust to provide financial support for visual artists in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama who were affected by Hurricane Katrina. By focusing its support on the painters, sculptors, and other visual artists who lived in the regions damaged by the hurricane, the Museum's KAT program provides a unique source of revitalization for a community with a long artistic tradition. By helping artists rebuild their studios, purchase new materials, and even salvage damaged works, the Trust's grants will also contribute to the economic revitalization of the devastated region, aid these communities in their reconstruction efforts, and help renew cultural tourism. Whether or not you purchase Vallen's print, please contribute to the KAT fund - the artists of America's stricken gulf states will thank you! Please forward this announcement to your friends and associates.



DIA DE LOS MUERTOS: THE JOURNEY HOME - Sept. through Dec. 2005
Vallen is now showing at, Dia de los Muertos: The Journey Home, the nineteenth annual Day of the Dead exhibition at Chicago's Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum. The exhibit is a group show of forty artists from across the U.S. and Mexico. It's the nation's biggest Day of the Dead art exhibition, held at the largest Latino arts institution in the country. The exhibit runs from September 23rd, 2005 until December 11th, 2005. The museum is located at 1852, West 19th Street, Chicago Illinois 60608. Admission is free. For more information, visit the museum's website, at:

EMERGING FROM AZTLÁN - Oct. through Nov. 2005
Vallen will be exhibiting work at, Emerging From Aztlán, the third annual Chicano art show to be held at the dA Center for the Arts in Pomona California. The exhibit runs from October 8th, 2005 to November 20th, 2005. Patrons are invited to a special sneak preview Artist's Reception on Saturday October 8th, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm, where serious collectors can meet the artists and have the first opportunity to acquire artworks. Music and refreshments are also part of the event. Tickets are available for $25 each (Phone: 909-397-9716.) The general public is invited to two free Artist's Receptions - Saturday October 8th and Saturday November 12th, 2005 - both held from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. The da Center for the Arts is located at: 252-D South Main Street, Pomona California 91766-1630. For more information, visit their website, at:

WORKERS OF THE WORLD - Nov. 6th to Dec. 30th, 2005
Vallen will be exhibiting at, Workers of the World, a group show at the A Shenere Velt Gallery in West Los Angeles. Running from November 6th to December 30th, 2005, the exhibit presents artworks that depict the theme of workers, from their struggles to survive to their labors of love. An Artist's Reception will be held on Sunday, November 6th., from 3 to 6 pm.

BOTH SIDES OF THE BORDER - Nov. 11th through Dec. 30th, 2005
In November Vallen's works will be on display at, Both Sides of the Border, a group show at Carlotta's Passion gallery in Pasadena, 2012 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90041. (323) 259-1563. As part of the exhibition, Vallen will be part of a lecture series on the subject of art, identity and political action. The exhibit opens with an Artist's Reception on Friday Nov. 11th., from 6 to 10 pm. The show will run until Dec. 30th, 2005. More details to come.

CONFLICT: WORKS ON PAPER - Dec. through Jan. 2005
Vallen will be showing works at, CONFLICT- Works on Paper, the Thirty-Fourth Annual National Exhibition at the L. C. Brand Gallery in Glendale, California. The exhibit will run from December 3rd, 2005 to January 20th, 2006. For more information on the exhibit, visit the Brand Library website, at:


Topics pertaining to socially conscious art and culture are daily posted to Vallen's Art For A Change web log. Recent posts have included: The Reign of Mediocrity - a critique of the banal, mechanical and hackneyed in "popular art." The Neo-Con Assault on Art - a look at hard-right author Roger Kimball and his book, "The Rape of the Masters." Scalia's Golden Rule for Art - commentary on the U.S. Supreme Court Justice & his views about freedom of expression.

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