ART + ADVOCACY + PHILANTHROPY

True Harvest

ART • ADVOCACY • PHILANTHROPY

I HAVE BEEN THINKING LATELY ABOUT ART, ADVOCACY AND PHILANTHROPY.
SO I WROTE A BLOG ABOUT IT IN WHICH I ASKED MYSELF THESE QUESTIONS:

How can these three come together to support the efforts of others and build a better world for all?

What role can art play here? What role can I play?

THE RESPONSE WAS AMAZING . . . AND IT PROMPTED TRUE HARVEST.

During October and November, we will present a small offering of artworks and highlight a favorite charity.
For each of these appeals, I tried to pick some artworks which related in theme or medium to the cause somehow.
I want the purchase of the work to be both an act of love and also something that will remind you of the charity when you enjoy it. I also wanted the purchase to be part of a collaboration between the art, the gallery, and the charity….
so, I lowered all the prices for the duration of this appeal.
My hope is that selling them at this level benefits the charity as much as possible
and also leaves the buyer feeling like they got something they love at a fair price.  

DO GOOD

BUY ART

Joe Goode, Water
1990

Artist’s book with 12 color etchings
34/38

Ken Price, Untitled
(Mezcal Cup on Square Base)
Glazed & painted ceramic
2h x 2.75w x 2.50d in

Margaret Fisher, Untitled Abstraction #1266
Pen & gouache on paper
6.36h x 6.50 w in (unframed)

SO ALL MAY EAT

As we head into Thanksgiving, I really wanted to make my last appeal on behalf of an organization that provides food for those in need. I couldn’t have found a better non-profit than The SAME Cafe in Denver, Colorado.

Inspired by their background in community service, as well as a visit to Salt Lake City’s One World Cafe, Brad and Libby Birky invested $30,000 into creating The SAME Cafe in 2006.

SAME is an acronym. It stands for So All May Eat. Their motto is “Making healthy, organic food available to all”.

The SAME Cafe offers food to all, inviting patrons to pay what they can or what they feel their meal was worth. They also accept a half-hour of volunteer help in exchange for a meal. This is made possible by the fact that Colorado laws do not require a food handlers’ certificate for restaurant workers.

They began by serving forty to fifty meals a day at seven tables. But within two years of opening, they were able to expand their space, and so increase that to up to one hundred. Their average food cost is about $4 a meal and the average donation exceeds that. By offering a limited menu which changes daily, they have also managed to simplify the variety of food they purchase — and thus decrease waste. They buy as much as possible from local farmers and even the Denver Botanic Gardens.

Now a beloved Denver institution, community volunteers and locals mingle with those who find themselves without a home, breaking bread together.  Their success has inspired other similar cafes around the country. They have been able to remain open during 2020 and provide food for so many in need — and have expanded that to include food truck service.

The art offerings are pretty simple this week.  An unusual cup by Ken Price, a gorgeous art book by Los Angeles Cool School artist Joe Goode, and a watercolor and ink drawing by Margaret Fisher showing people enjoying a meal.

All are essential to any successful dining experience: a vessel to drink from, water, and a friend to enjoy the experience with.

We have had a few works by Ken Price over the last two months.  Margaret Fisher is probably new to most of you. She was a talented woman artist at a time when that was not valued. She was also from a very prominent family and never needed to sell her work. Yet she created beautiful artworks, primarily works on paper, for more than 50 years. She supported the efforts of other artists during her lifetime and when she died in 1990 she left all of her Estate to arts institutions to further this effort. Today, there is the Margaret Fisher Fund at the Fogg Museum at Harvard to support the acquisition of contemporary art by women artists. She also made a generous gift to the Art Institute of Chicago.

The official description of the featured artist’s book by Joe Goode is:

“Water” is Joe Goode’s – credited as Jose Bueno – exquisite 1990 limited edition book from The Lapis Press consisting of twelve color etchings of abstracted water executed by master printer Jacob Samuel on handmade paper at Sam Francis’ Litho Shop. The title page and colophon were typeset and printed by hand letterpress by Les Ferriss, with its striking Royal Blue silk binding and grey slipcase by Ulli Rotzscher.

I’ve read that several times since I’ve owned the book, but I never focused on how much of a collaboration putting the book together was until just now. Each person played a part and had the expertise to bring the book – and the experience of the book – together.  It takes a team to make it work.

So it is with making a dish, or putting meals together for hundreds like the SAME Cafe does every day.  And so it has been with all of the efforts of each of the charities we have highlighted these past weeks.  Each person involved adds something to the effort and together makes something that is special.

That is our True Harvest of this season.

I am grateful to all of you who have engaged these past weeks and wish you and your families my very best at Thanksgiving.

BUY ART

SO ALL MAY EAT

SAME CAFE

SAME Cafe is a donation-based, fair exchange restaurant that serves healthy food to everyone, regardless of ability to pay. Our mission is to create community through healthy food access. We believe in healthy food, community, and dignity for everyone.

SAME Cafe is the first nonprofit restaurant in Denver! Everyone who comes through the door is treated exactly the same. Guests order from the healthy menu of mostly local, organic food and then let us know how they would like to participate in the community in exchange for the meal: volunteering time, giving produce, or donating money.

SAME Cafe has no set prices and no set menus. Daily selections are made using fresh, organic ingredients and are funded by donations of time, produce, and money from guests and supporters. Our philosophy is that everyone, regardless of economic status, deserves the chance to eat healthy food while being treated with dignity.

It is the intent of SAME Cafe to build community by providing a delicious and healthy meal in a dignified manner to anyone who walks through the door.

THE FINE PRINT & MORE LOVE

When a work of art is purchased,
you’ll get to choose one of our five charities.
The gallery will then make a donation (the amount is indicated with each item) to that cause.

We will post an new group of artworks and highlight a charity each Saturday in October.
All of the works will be available for purchase 
until Giving Tuesday, December 1.
So, you’ll have almost two months to look at the works and learn more about the organizations. Of course, if you see something you love…don’t wait! And you’re certainly welcome to donate to any of them without buying anything.

Additionally, anyone who purchases an artwork during this period will be eligible to work with me to donate this piece by Claude Lawrence in their name — to a school, library or museum of their choice.
So, your purchase will further the opportunity for others to enjoy a piece of art and learn about a working artist. Plus, you’ll get to be involved with
an institution that is meaningful to you.

ARTWORK

THE
TRUE HARVEST GALLERY

Each week we will add more items as we introduce a new charity. See them all here.

 

 

Learn More about

Our Chosen Charities

Learn more about our chosen charities by clicking on their logos below to visit their websites. Each week in October we will highlight one of these charities on this page.

TRUE HARVEST

All of Our Offerings

After we launch each new appeal, you can find
the previously featured True Harvest artworks here and on our SHOP,
along with shareable PDFs that you can download for more information
— or to share with others! Thank you so much.

Richard Yarde, Billie Holiday
Watercolor on Paper, 1994
15.5″ x 13.25″ unframed
22.75″ x 22.75″ sheet
25.25″ x 25.25″ framed

Ken Price, Mezcal Cup
(Bill Buckner, LA Dodgers)
Glazed and painted ceramic
2″ h x 2.5″ w x 1/5″ d

Pansy Stockton
High in the Truchas

Sun Painting
1950s
Botanic Assemblage
24h x 19.50w in
Framed

Cady Wells
Chapel
Watercolor/ ink on paper
ca. 1952 – 53
10.75h x 6.63w in
Framed

Cady Wells
The Chasm
Mixed Media on paper
1953
12h x 4.50w in
Framed

Cady Wells
Poplars, Jacona N.M.
Mixed Media on paper
1953
11.75h x 9.50w in
Framed

Cady Wells
Orchard, Jacona
Mixed Media on paper
1953
10.13h x 13.13w in
Framed

 

 

Larry Bell, Fraction #4265
Vapour-coated mixed media
 collage on paper
1998
10h x 10w in
Framed: 13.50h x 13.50w in

Ken Price, Untitled (Green Cup)
Glazed & painted ceramic
ca. 1976
3.75h x 4w x 3d in

Ken Price, Village Cup
Glazed & painted ceramic
3.25h x 3.75w x 2.75d in

Earl Stroh, Vaux-le-Vicomte
Etching, 1959
11.5 x 14.5 inches (image)
16.75 x 19.75 inches (sheet)
Framed: 19.50h x 22.50w in
34/75

Ken Price, Lorna
Watercolor & Xerox print on paper
2/8, 1981
3 x 8 inches (IMAGE)

Ken Price, Lorna’s Lagoon
Watercolor & Xerox print on paper
2/3, 1981
5.5 x 4.25 inches (IMAGE)

Ken Price, Lorna’s Combat
Watercolor & Xerox print on paper
1/4, 1981
4.50 x 4.25 inches (IMAGE)

SHARE THE HARVEST: Nat King Cole Generation Hope

We have created a PDF with information about APFA’s collaboration with Nat King Cole Generation Hope.
Please share it with anyone who might be interested!

SHARE THE HARVEST: Santa Fe Artists' Medical Fund

We have created a PDF with information about APFA’s collaboration with Santa Fe Artists’ Medical Fund.
Please share it with anyone who might be interested!

SHARE THE HARVEST: Green Street Academy

We have created a PDF with information about APFA’s collaboration with Green Street Academy.
Please share it with anyone who might be interested!

SHARE THE HARVEST: OceansCommit

We have created a PDF with information about APFA’s collaboration with OceansCommit.
Please share it with anyone who might be interested!

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