BANP & Flourish Art Show Benefit
Elizabeth Andrews and fellow BANP volunteers speak to the assembled crowd.
Last night the main event and show opeing for the art fundraiser for Buy Art Not People was held at Flourish Studios at 3020 N. Lincoln Avenue. The fundraiser is ongoing to benefit the residents of Anne’s House through the PROMISE program by the Salvation Army. The collaborative effort of these groups are working to prevent the commercial sexual exploitation of children, raise awareness about the problem and help former victims of exploitation in the residential program. Works donated by local artists, the teaching artists that volunteer with the program and the residents in the program are on display. The show will be up until June 18th and art works are still be available to purchase.
This is the second annual art fundraiser for BANP and the the show was really pleasant. Flourish Studios is a beautiful space with high ceilings and the works were displayed with care. Paintings by the residents in the program were signed / identified with a drawn pictorial symbol to protect their identities. Members of Pearl String Quartet played violin and viola as people moved around and viewed the art. I did wish that there had been a bigger turn out for the event; but it is relatively new annual show and I feel it will continue to build momentum and grow.
Portraits of Trayvon Martin by Anne’s House residents and teaching artists