Art Blocks for Ghana

February 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

          

As many of you know, I have been working with CultureFix bar and gallery, located in the Lower East Side, to bring in non-profits to the space for fundraisers, exhibits, and events. This week, The Picture Book Project is taking over the gallery space to show off its most recent endeavor, Art Blocks for Ghana.

CultureFix has created a sneak peek spotlighting 50 out of 200 works created by top artists within the animation and illustration community. All of the works will be auctioned off online beginning March 12th and all of the proceeds will go to orphans in Ghana. 

The exhibit is up this week only and I encourage you to stop by, grab a grilled cheese of greatness (along with other of the most delicious food ever), beer or wine and enjoy the show!

Here are a few of my fav works you can see this week:

            

PBP created the Art Blocks for Ghana project to raise money to pay for the boarding school costs of 13 orphaned children who were formerly cared for by the now defunct Save the Widows and Orphans Development Center in Ho, Ghana. Contributing artists are employed by studios such as DreamWorks Animation, Pixar Animation Studios, Blue Sky Studios, Marathon Media, ILM, Disney, Sony, Digital Domain, AOL Artists, as well as award- winning illustrators. A variety of artists have contributed from Canada, France, Sweden, Australia, Germany and The United Kingdom. The Culture Fix exhibit will feature approximately 40 works from Blue Sky Studios, local and select artists participating in the project.

PBP provided the artists with wood panels to serve as the canvas for their creations. Each panel represents the “building blocks” every child needs to build a bright future – food, shelter, education and opportunity. All artwork was created around the common theme, “Home.” With children who do not have a single place to call home in mind, the artists explored the concept of the word and its many different meanings, such as comfort, life, nature, shelter, friends, love.

A wide variety of mediums – from oils, acrylic and gouache to mixed media, collage, screen print and sculpture– were used to create the pieces. Contributing artists and PBP are documenting the development process on a dedicated Art Block Process blog.

In addition to the exhibit at Culture Fix Gallery, PBP will host a fundraising preview event in New York and another exhibit and fundraising event in Los Angeles.

Information on the events:

New York:

Display: February 8th – 14th 2011 at Culture Fix Gallery 9 Clinton Street, New York NY 10002

Special Fundraising Event: February 26th 2011 at The New Art Center 580 8th Ave. 5th floor, New York NY 10018; purchase tickets: http://artblocksnyc.eventbrite.com

Los Angeles:

Display: March 9th – March 14th 2011 at Gallery Nucleus 210 East Main Street, Alhambra CA 91801

Special Event: March 12th 2011 at Gallery Nucleus; purchase tickets: http://artblocksla.eventbrite.com

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