08 March 2010

Barrister's Gallery hosts benefit for Galerie Monnin artists in Haiti

Myrtle Von Damitz has organized a show to benefit an artists foundation for this Saturday, March 6th at Barrister's Gallery. Read below for details and at the bottom, there'll be a link to the Facebook event page with her contact information as well. Rex from NoLA Rising is proud to support her mission and the artists in Haiti.

Dear friends, fellow artists, and art lovers,

Barrister's Gallery (2331 St. Claude at Spain) will host a benefit for the artists and foundation workers of the Galerie Monnin in Petionville, Haiti, from March 6-9. We invite all artists of New Orleans (near and far) to donate a work of any dimension and media/material to be sold for between $25 and $100.

100% of sales will go to the Dallas Monnin Foundation, run by Gael Monnin (please see links below). She will distribute funds to about 150 gallery artists and foundation employees, in and around Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Right now, the people of Haiti need essentials-- we are determined to keep Haiti and its people in our minds for the long road ahead. One way is for the artists of New Orleans to pass on the support and love of strangers we recieved in our time of need, in any way we can. We will organize more artist benefits down the road, but here is a great chance to connect in as personal way as possible to the artists and their families who need our help in many ways. For now, all we can do is find out how to send money and our respect, exactly what we needed immediately after Katrina and the floods (though of course it is more complicated than that).

The show will open with an event on Saturday, March 6, from 6-9pm, and carry through Tuesday, March 9 at regular gallery hours (11am-5pm). The drop-off window to donate work will be from the end of carnival up until Thursday, March 4th. Please call Myrtle (see FB link for her contact info) before you make a delivery. If your work does not sell at the benefit, please pick it up no later than Friday, March 12. We were able to work between two exhibitions at Barrister's and are grateful to Andy for being able to host this benefit; let's keep this this running as smoothly as possible. Work sold can go home with the buyer right away.

Please pass this invitation on! I would also like to know about other arts & cultural groups in Haiti, and a good contact.

Thank you,

Myrtle von Damitz

01 March 2010

7th Ward Neighborhood Center Fundraiser

On March 4, 2010, the 7th Ward Neighborhood Center will celebrate its 2nd Anniversary. Supporters will enjoy an evening of food, fun, and entertainment at the famed Sweet Lorraine’s Jazz Club.

Proceeds from the event will further support the programming, maintenance, and ongoing community initiatives at the Center, which is a program of Neighborhood Housing Services of New Orleans. This Center serves as a space where neighbors can come together to reconnect and organize, to participate in the rebuilding of their lives and neighborhoods, to access information and referrals to services available in the city, to increase neighborhood advocacy in the planning and reconstruction of the city, and to work together to solve challenges in their community.

Tickets are available for $40, with a limited number of $20 tickets available to community members, non-profit workers, and cultural workers.

The Center also welcomes any additional contributions to help sustain its work in the 7th Ward. The event kicks off at 8pm at Sweet Lorraine’s Jazz Club located at 1931 St. Claude Ave, and will feature performances by special musical guests Michaela Harrison and Troi Bechet among others.

Tickets are available through the 7th Ward Neighborhood Center. To make a tax-deductible contribution, please forward to the same location: 7th Ward Neighborhood Center, 1910 Urquhart St., New Orleans, LA 70116. For more information on the 7th Ward Neighborhood Center and how to become a part of the 2nd Anniversary Gala, please contact Johnathan Thomas at (504) 339-2390 or jtpublicist@gmail.com.