A year ago, Lynda Smith asked me if I’d like to participate with other artists in a fund-raiser designed to raise money for Kenyan children orphaned as a results of the AIDS crisis in that country.
The proposed concept, called the “Message in a Bottle Project” was simple: I would receive a plastic bottle with a piece of paper inside. Authored by one of said orphaned Kenyan children, this paper would tell me about the child’s life, his/her dreams, etc. I would then use that as inspiration to create a piece of art which would be shown in an exhibit in Austin and then donated/auctioned off to raise money to assist this worthy cause.
Sharon Penner and I collaborated and, along with several hundred other artists that responded in the affirmative, submitted “NDOTO” (The Kenyan word for “Dream”) a year ago.
The piece was not created in my usual furniture/stained glass genre.
It features a quite-rusted house-shaped piece of metal that is riveted to an idyllic blue-sky background. The house has no door; only a window that is barely out of reach of the rusty patinaed ladder. Stamped into the metal are 18 translations of the word “Dream”…18 different languages. Please see the image above.
Imagine my surprise and pleasure when this organization began using “NDOTO” in ALL of their press releases, communications, websites, etc. The Evite invitation will soon follow..and it is used on that as well.
As you’ll see, the exhibit will be held on Saturday evening, October 21st, 2006 at the Austin Children’s Museum, in Austin, TX. Sharon and I will be at the artists’ reception and there for the whole event.
I send you this merely asking you to spread the word about this worthwhile cause and the event in Austin. Please pass this on to other art lovers and interested folks.
Admission into the event costs between $50 and $100 to attend. Please be aware that they also need volunteers to assist in many capacities…and volunteers don’t have to pay!
There also will be a way for folks to bid on the auctioned art online. Please spread that message to folks outside of Austin!
You can get more information at: www.artlifekenya.org
Thanks in advance for your support in spreading the word!
Thanks Lynda Smith and OCA for 'pointing' me to an opportunity to show some work, creatively stretch a bit and to make a small difference in the world!