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Good Press, Great Show thanks to DA Artists

Journal Entry: Thu Apr 4, 2013, 3:25 PM


I'm the director of WarmStreets.org, a nonprofit that works to help the homeless in Lynchburg, Virginia. We started an art gallery in October, the WarmStreets Gallery, and started selling donated art to buy new backpacks and emergency kits for the homeless, and also to fulfill wish lists from shelters in the area.

We decided to do a Steampunk / sci-fi juried art show in order to make more people aware of homelessness, but also that as a community we can do something about it.

I wasn't getting many entries from local folks for the juried show, so I started looking for good examples of steampunk and sci-fi art on DA.

I emailed the best artists I could find and asked permission to print and sell up to three of their works and use the money from sales to help the homeless. if an artist won 3rd-1st prize, the artist would keep the prize money. Out of all the artists I contacted, only one said no. Most were VERY happy to help, and the Hispanic community really got behind us and spread the word from Mexico to Spain. Lithuania, Russia, Belgium, France,  Canada, all were represented.

Tomorrow is our opening, and thanks to the high quality of the art work, I know we will have good sales, which means we can help more of the homeless. ALL the local TV stations have already covered us, as well as a local business magazine and a local free paper that's read by most of the 20-35 age set.

Thanks, DA, and thank you, DA artists, for showing you have Art with Heart!
-Rick
www.warmstreets.org

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olivier-ramonteu Apr 29, 2013  Professional Photographer
thank you very much for the watch :)
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Lubrian Apr 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
hey rick! hows the childrens book going? meant to ask ages ago sorry D:
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rusrick Apr 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Children's book going nowhere. I have an art gallery that sells donated works to help the homeless, and my own work is getting out there now..I featured artist at one gallery starting tonight and going through the month, and also have art in two other galleries by Saturday. The WarmStreets Gallery has Steampunk and sci-fi works donated by DA artists, and I think they'll be a hit when we open the show tonight. i have to go from one show opening to another in 15 minutes...but the galleries areclose together, thank goodness! Our org is really growing, and we're able to help more people. It's a great experience! hey, if you ever get the feeling to do it, I'd love to see a book from a kid's point of view of maybe befriending a homeless child. maybe the whole fam lives out of a car or something. One week in November is Homeless Child week in the States, and I'd love to have a book like that to get in libraries that week and have special readings! What ya think?
-rick
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Lubrian Apr 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
aw that sucks, did you not get another artist?
i hope your gallery exhibitions go well, thats great nwes :D
thanks for the suggestion but i think im way to busy to do anymore childrens books for awhile XD but theres probably already a book like that out there i think
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thank you for the points! :hug:
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Malleni-Stock Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks so much for your support! :pat:
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CaryAndFrankArts Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much for faving!! :huggle:
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rusrick Feb 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
never need to thank me for a fav. I fav what touches me. -Rick
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CaryAndFrankArts Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay:), I'll try to remember:) :hug:
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arcane66 Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
oy,happy birthday ^^
hope your having a good one
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