Open your eyes to South Africa

(Untitled) by Mfundo Mkhize

(Untitled) by Mfundo Mkhize

Have you checked out our Power2Give project yet?  If not, we hope you do:  Through an exciting partnership with the Johannesburg’s Vula Amehlo Art Development (“Vula Amehlo” means “open your eyes” in Zulu), we are hard at work to produce an exhibition featuring some outstanding South African printmakers.  These artists, the majority of whom are black, range in age from early 20s to mid-30s, and are just launching their careers as artists–developing skills, resumes, and networks that will help them pay the bills with their incredible talent.

This exhibition is scheduled for January 2014, but there’s a lot of work to do before then, and we need your help!  As little as $1 can help us buy the necessary  display materials, create the exhibition brochure, and send any unsold works back at the end of the exhibition.  We are so thankful to Anne Gordon of Vula Amehlo for coordinating the shipping of the works to the US, and the members of Washington Printmakers Gallery for volunteering their time to frame the works and install the show!  Through their efforts, it is estimated we are saving over $4,000 in labor and shipping fees!  But, we still need $1,840 in donations to make our goal of $2,072 in fundraising for this exhibition.  If you donate soon, Monument Bank will provide $0.50 in matching funds for every $1 donated–making your gift go further!  Please take a moment to check out this project, share it with your friends, and donate.  There’s some pretty great thank-you’s available, too!

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