Letter: Art and soul went into event
The Art of Compassion on Nov. 24 was a beautiful event not only because of the gorgeous art pieces, but also because of the wonderful community support. Local businesses, volunteers and artists all came together to create a fabulous benefit art show for the Coalition for Compassion and Justice (CCJ).
The event took shape after 'Tis Art Center and Gallery graciously donated the use of the gallery's beautiful third floor. With the perfect venue in place, the next step was to gather and prepare the artwork.
The Frame and I Gallery and Frame Shop was more than happy to help. In addition to sponsoring the event, the staff of The Frame and I expertly framed and matted countless pieces of art for the show.
Along with the many CCJ supporters who donated art to the event, a generous group of artists also made financial contributions to the event. Special thanks to our compassionate community artists Kathleen Williams, David Van Gorder, Sally Riester, Cathy Gibbons and Cindi and Joe Shaffer. Special thanks also go to Ruth Marston and Grunt Designs for their generous support.
While the majority of featured art was created by CCJ clients, volunteers and staff, two local galleries donated art to the show. We greatly appreciate the support of The Newman Gallery and The Huckeba Gallery.
For me, The Art of Compassion was a special event because it exemplified a community-wide response to poverty. I feel fortunate to work with so many different community partners towards a fair and just community for all.
AmeriCorps VISTA member serving with The Coalition for Compassion and Justice