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Sun, May 26

Buy something meaningful for the holidays at 'Art of Compassion'

PRESCOTT - "The Art of Compassion" will benefit the Coalition for Compassion and Justice (CCJ) during a special event from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at 'Tis Art Center and Gallery.

The show will feature art of various mediums including jewelry, painting, woodworking, photography and more from a selection of clients, volunteers and supporters of CCJ.

Marla Gable, a CCJ staff member, Circles of Support mentor and former CCJ client, will showcase her mixed-media collages at the event and is donating her pieces to the Art of Compassion. "I want to give back for how CCJ helped me in the past and help other people get back on their feet," she said.

"The Art of Compassion hopes to show CCJ clients not as blank faces of poverty, but instead as people of individuality, expression and creativity," Gail Kenny, CCJ director, said. "The event organizers hope that everyone will take the opportunity either before or after the Holiday of Lights parade to stop by and see how compassionate artists are part of a community-wide response to poverty. The Art of Compassion provides the opportunity to buy something meaningful this holiday season."

In addition to featured pieces for sale, there will be a raffle, door prizes and complimentary food and drinks.

"Most people see the people who visit CCJ's Open Door as nameless, faceless people of poverty. We know them a little better," Kenny said. "Each of them has a lifetime of experiences. Many of them are artistic, creative and inspiring people."

The art show will feature nearly 90 works. 'Tis Art Center and Gallery is located at 105 S. Cortez St., in Prescott.


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