Friday, December 15, 2006

Artivist and friends put the art in "artivism"

Thursday, November 9, 2006
The Junior League House
Art For Hope Welcomes Local Artists For Exhibition

By Gaelle Llambi
article appears courtesy of The Memphian newspaper

Memphis, TN — When the Memphians open their heart to people, they do it BIG. About 60 artists from Memphis and its area decided to participate in the charity night at the Junior League Community Resource Center on Thursday, November 9. Everyone had the possibility to show their art and sell it. The artists generously gave 40% of their sales to Hope House.
The Memphian was there to meet those talented people and see those one-of-a-kind paintings, ceramics, pottery, photography, jewelry and more.

photo courtesy of Ms.Wilma Potts
Among those artists, I met three artists that are worth talking about. First, let me introduce you to Ronald Herd II. Maybe you know him under the name of the “artivist”. “My job as an artivist (artist + activist) is to actively promote understanding, love and appreciation for the creative arts as well as creative people. I use my art in particular to break down all types of walls and barriers that people put up either to justify their hatred, prejudice and indifference or because of their ignorance and naïveté towards certain issues and topics concerning people, history and cultures. One of my main objectives in my profession is to teach the world how to love not just tolerate black people and other beautiful beings and things,” said Ronald. If you want to know more about his art, check out this website:
Next, I met Jared Richmond who exposed several of his paintings. He is specialized in soulful art. I also met Tara Hickey. She was proud to present different kind of jewels and purses.
The night Art for Hope was a success and Memphis is really proud of its artists. To follow what’s going on in the world of arts, check out each week the “Memphis scene” in your favorite newspaper.

The Children Hope House is a non-profit agency committed to family-centered, community-based, coordinated care for children ages six weeks through six years who are infected or affected by HIV and AIDS (Pediatric AIDS).
Founded by the Junior League of Memphis in 1994, its mission is to address the medical, psychological and educational needs of HIV affected children and their families, as well as the complicated social issues often present due to poverty, lack of education, and substance abuse.
Hope House is a three-star agency, the highest distinction awarded by the State of Tennessee and Department of Human Services.

Posted: December 3rd, 2006 under Metro.

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