Thursday, February 08, 2007

100 Artists SOS Show at Mary Lou Zeek Gallery

Here's an a show you should support. I'm sure you'll recognize a least a few of the artists involved.

February 6 - Mar 3, 2007
First Wednesday, February 7, 5-7 pm

Salem, OR

The Mary Lou Zeek Gallery will be presenting the "100 Artists – S.O.S. Show 2007", the show will run from February 6 – March 3, 2007. Over the last 4 years, these shows have been a favorite of the gallery clients and also people across the nation.

About the Shelter: YWCA's Salem Outreach Shelter (S.O.S). Nine is the average age of a homeless person in the United States. Families with children account for 40% of the nation's homeless population. These two shocking statistics emphasize the importance of the YWCA's Salem Outreach Shelter (S.O.S). The shelter's goal is to break the cycle of homelessness in our community, 10 families at a time. SOS has been providing shelter and supportive services for families since 1987. Families stay in a stable, nurturing environment for up to 6 months while changing and improving their lives. They attend classes on money management, parenting, and life skills. Children receive tutoring and mentoring and participate in life enrichment activities. The shelter is unique in the Salem area, as it is the only transitional housing shelter that also provides intensive, goal-oriented case management.

The concept
Participating artists each received a 5" x 8" piece of cardboard through the mail on October 15, 2006. The item was used as a starting point for their piece of art with a completed maximum size of 8"x 8". Each piece of cardboard was sent "as is", was not packaged, but rather processed directly by the postal service firsthand. The stamps and address on the back will remain a part of the artwork for identification and for the evidence of the actual mailing.
Artists have had over two months to transform, build, imagine, infuse, reduce or reinvent the item into a work of art. Many of the 100 artists have created "outside" their typical medium or element. Many have been painters and find themselves creating in 3-D.Some have been assemblage artists finding new ways to use old materials, theme in hand and goal in mind.

The Exhibit/Event
The exhibit opens on February 6, 2007 with artist reception on February 7, 5-7 pm. The public will bid on their favorite artwork. Beginning bids are $50 with increments of $5.00. We will be posting the show online for everyone to see and bid during the entire month of February. Bidding begins on February 6th at 10 am. and will end at 5pm on March 3rd. Proceeds from this show will benefit the Salem Outreach Shelter.

1 comment:

Izabella said...

what a kool concept! thanx for sharing~

love your new slide show & your book section~

xo ~Bella