|"The Road to Taos, NM," original 4 x 5.75" gouache on Holbein watercolor postcard, copyright Joan Cole|
|"The Road to Santa Fe, NM," original 4 x 6" gouache on Strathmore watercolor postcard, copyright Joan Cole|
|"Bandolier National Park, NM," original 5.75 x 4" gouache on Holbein watercolor postcard, copyright Joan Cole|
I painted these three works while vacationing in New Mexico last month. I am donating them to the Twitter Art Exhibit: Los Angeles, which is the third installment of an open international exhibition of handmade postcard art for charity, donated by hundreds of participating artists from around the globe.
If you live in or near Los Angeles, I encourage you to visit the E.U. Gallery on Chung King Road in Chinatown’s Arts District on Saturday, January 12, 2013 from 7-10PM. All paintings will be priced at $35! What better way to assemble an inexpensive collection of original art! If you miss the opening, the show runs January 12 – February 10, 2013.
Proceeds from this show will benefit Art Division, a nonprofit (501)(c)3 organization dedicated to training and supporting underserved youth (18-25) in L.A.’s Rampart District, an at-risk group within one of Los Angeles’ most densely populated and underserved communities. Through focused instruction, individualized tutoring and personal support, each student is given the tools they need to pursue higher education, achieve self-sufficiency and obtain careers in the arts. For more information, please visit www.artdivision.org.
While the first two exhibitions were held in Moss, Norway, the Los Angeles show marks a global launch for the concept by founder David Sandum, a Swedish-born artist who conceived the Twitter Art Exhibit as a vehicle for doing good through social media and online community-building. The idea is simple: artists from all over the world receive a call through Twitter social media to create original postcard-sized art, which they mail to a local curator who then exhibits and sells them to benefit a local charity. Artists must have a Twitter account and interact with exhibition organizers to help seed the event.
In its first year, Twitter Art Exhibit received postcards from over 260 artists in 24 countries, raising funds to buy 221 new children’s books for a struggling library in Moss, Norway. The second installment received entries by 360 artists in 32 countries, raising $4,000 for an abused women’s shelter, also in Moss.
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