Tuesday, February 02, 2010

How Art is Helping Heal Haiti & Homeless Pets

Afternoon Color, 24x24, acrylic on linen
copyright 2010 Jan Blencowe
SOLD during the 140Hours Haitian Relief Auction on 1/29/10

It's been amazing to see how artists, galleries and collectors have come together to help the Haitian people after the recent earthquake disaster.

Tragedies of epic proportions such as happened in Haiti often catch us off guard. Our day to day lives so hurried and full we often forget how fragile life is and how quickly it can be taken from us.

The heartbreaking images on the news can often leave us feeling powerless to help where such enormous need is present.

But art at it's core is about beauty and beauty is born of hope. The subject of a painting need not be beautiful in the cliched sense of the word, rather it's the artist's expression, the passion and power in brushwork, color and design that creates beauty in the piece itself as a work of art. And where there is authentic human expression I believe there is hope, the hope of communication, of being heard, of being understood, of making a connection, of touching a heart or mind.

It is with both great joy and great humility that I participated in two different auctions to benefit the relief efforts in Haiti.

The fist was the innovative on line auction organized by 140Hours.com. This innovative group uses Twitter, facebook and a website to promote and run a real time live auction. Their Haitian Relief Auction saw 30 works of art sold and nearly $4000 raised for Haiti. Check out their facebook fan page for all the details.

The second event I participated in was heART for Haiti at Rockwell Gallery in Fairfield, CT. Rockwell has 5 gallery locations in southwestern CT and along with another gallery they ran concurrent openings last Friday night to benefit Haiti.

Below are some pictures of the opening...

My painting Far Away displayed on the easel

Another event I have donated paintings to recently is the Fur Ball the annual fundraiser for Protectors of Animals I am such a dog lover, of all animals really and I am blessed with a wonderful rescue dog and would always adopt a rescue when getting a new pet.

Below are two of the three paintings I sent them this year, the other is of a Black Lab which you can see here

Artists get asked A LOT to donate paintings to charity auctions. Of course we can't say yes to everyone. Many artists are trying hard to make a living, many are the sole supporters of their families and have spouses and children. Even those who have another means of income still need to purchase the materials they work with. I'm selective about who I will give my paintings to but when a cause touches my heart I will always contribute to the cause.

You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don't give reluctantly or in response to pressure. "For God loves a person who gives cheerfully." 2Corinthians 9:7

1 comment:

AutumnLeaves said...

The Springer Spaniel and Golden Retriever are both beautiful, Jan. I never get asked to donate anything! (Go figure! LOLOL) But would if I could. I always give away, whenever possible, and have never even tried to sell anything. I appreciate those of you who can generate sales and use the funds to further help organizations that exist to help animals or people. Great job and my deepest respect.