In the wake of the horrific Boston Marathon bombings last year, I posted on this blog that I would be figuring out a way to do a fundraiser for those affected. A few weeks ago the gracious folks at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, Massachusetts, asked if I would like to have an art show in their Carol Schlosberg Gallery space. I realized this was a great opportunity to finally put together a fundraiser, one that would actually be near Boston. I had 17 high-quality Image Wizards AluminArte metal, frame-to-edge prints made of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra artwork I have done (some by myself, some in collaboration with other folks on the crews of those shows) over the last 10 years and donated them to the event.
The exhibition opened earlier this week and is open to the public, and will be hanging until Saturday, May 17th. The gallery is conducting a silent auction for each of the 17 prints, which vary in size but average around 19 x 25 inches. If every piece sells, even without surpassing the starting bids (which were set to the costs of the prints), we would raise $3805 for the survivors, their families, and those who lost loved ones in the attacks. And of course I am hoping we can raise much more than that. Every dollar will be donated directly to One Fund Boston, the charity formed by Governor Deval Patrick and Mayor Thomas M. Menino (this is also where the money raised by the Boston Strong charity goes). The bottom photo shows the small-scale proofs of the 17 pieces hanging in the show. I will sign the full-size prints when I get to Massachusetts later this month.
To support the event, on Saturday, May 17, the last day of the exhibition and auction, I will be doing a signing at the gallery (or the room right next door, I believe) from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm. It would be great to see your faces there, so if you are in the area, please do come by and say hi, get something signed if you like, congratulate the recent Montserrat art student graduates, see the artwork, and if you can, bid on it! I apologize in advance that I will have to cut off the signing at 12:30 pm, as I will be traveling with family and will need to get back to them at that point. Bidding on the silent auction will end at 5:00 pm that Saturday. Montserrat will notify the winners on the following Monday, and the artwork will then be available for pickup. If any of the pieces do not sell, I will get a hold of them and throw them up on EBay or something so we can see the fundraiser all the way through. Thank you in advance for your support, and thanks to Montserrat College of Art for all of their help!
Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery
Mon. - Thurs. 10 am - 5 pm
Fri. 10 am - 1 pm
23 Essex Street
Beverly, MA 01915
Bryan Konietzko Signing
Saturday, May 17, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
*Gallery and silent auction closing at 5:00 pm on this day.
STAY STRONG, BOSTON!