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Earthquake in Haiti

An Update on our Fund-Raising

The news coming in of the earthquake in Haiti has been almost incomprehensibly dreadful. We are responding to this disaster in several ways.

The first is directed at the current catastrophe. We are supporting, and urge our friends and customers to support one or more of the relief and development groups working in Haiti: Doctors Without Borders, Partners in Health, Unicef, Catholic Relief Services, Konbit Pou Ayiti, Fonkoze, the Albert Schweitzer Hospital, are some that come to mind. There is also an excellent list of small organizations which are doing good work in Haiti on Bill Bollendorf's Galerie Macondo website. Please send them Money! We are also encouraging you to contribute to an excellent organization in Jacmel, Haiti, the Art Creation Foundation for Children. You can learn more about them below. Indigo Arts is continuing in its efforts at raising money for relief and reconstruction in Haiti.  Thanks to all of you for your generous contributions!

The second is directed to Haiti's future, through the creation of a Haitian Artists' Relief Fund. The people that we know the best are the artists and craftspeople of Haiti. As a first step to helping the artists and their families we established a Haitian Artists' Relief Fund in cooperation with artist and musician Nancy Josephson, author of the book Spirits in Sequins: Vodou Flags of Haiti, and founder of The Angel Band. We were joined by Ted Frankel owner of SIDESHOW, the store at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore. We put a number of Haitian vodou flags and other artworks for sale on our site and in the gallery. 100% of the proceeds are going to the artists, to help in their recovery from this disaster. The works we are offering for sale are shown here and on the Haitian Artists' Relief Fund page. We are proud to report that this effort has raised over $30,000!  The proceeds are being distributed directly to artists in Haiti who have lost their homes, their artwork and supplies and many of their family members.  Nancy is directing the delivery and distribution of 1200 pounds of beads and sequins directly to the vodou flag artists, so that they may begin to produce their artwork and feed their families once again.

During January and February we also donated 20% of the sales of all other Haitian art - paintings, vodou flags and sculpture to the Haitian relief funds above.

We are also selling wonderful papier maché bird and fish ornaments made by (and for the benefit of) the children of the Art Creation Foundation for Children, in Jacmel, Haiti.

Our March 5th exhibit and silent auction of photographs of Haiti by Phyllis Galembo and other prominent photographers, raised about $1500 for a Partners in Health fund to provide tents for earthquake survivors.

Upcoming projects include the loan of works to Haiti: A Tribute in Art an exhibit at the Delaware Art Museum, May 8th to July 11th, 2010, and a June fund-raiser for the self-help projects of the Peasant Association of Fondwa, Haiti at the First United Methodist Church of Germantown.

You can read an article about our Haitian fundraising efforts here.




The Wedding of Agoue and La Sirene Vodou Banner (#AC0901)
Evelyne Alcide (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Sequins and beads on fabric (58 1/2 x 59 1/2 ), c.2009

$3500

Returned to consignor



Bossu Vodou Banner
Joseph Oldof Pierre (Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 1955 - 1994)
Sequins and beads on fabric (40 x 28), c.1990

This vintage flag by the late, beloved flag artist, Oldof, has been donated by the current owner for the benefit of Haitian Relief!

$1200

SOLD 9/2010

THANK YOU!



La Croix Vodou Banner (#GV/D0604)
Georges Valris (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Sequins and beads on fabric (38 x 27 ), c.2006

SOLD 6/2010



Village Scene (#3)
Serge Pierre (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Oil on canvas (20 x 24), c.1970

SOLD 2/11



Cow-girl La Sirene Vodou Banner (#FTS0901)
Fortilus (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Sequins and beads on fabric (45" x 48"),
c.2009
This flag is extremely densely beaded and sequinned (and thus extremely heavy), in the manner of the artists Constant and Simeon

Donated by Nancy Josephson. For sale for the benefit of Haitian Artists' Relief Fund!

$2000



Angel Vodou Banner
Georges Valris (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Sequins and beads on fabric (35 x 24), c.2001

For sale for the benefit of Haitian artists' Relief!

$550

SOLD 6/10



Marassa Vodou Banner (#MS/D0902)
Maxon Scylla (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Sequins and beads on fabric (18 x 14)
c.2009

For sale for the benefit of Haitian Artists' Relief Fund!

$95

SOLD 1/2010



Erzulie and Dambala Vodou Banner (#GV/D0907)
Georges Valris (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Sequins and beads on fabric (20 x 17)
c.2009

For sale for the benefit of Haitian Artists' Relief Fund!

$125

SOLD 1/2010

We are also selling wonderful papier maché bird and fish ornaments made by (and for the benefit of) the children of the Art Creation Foundation for Children, in Jacmel, Haiti - see below. The good news is that amidst all the destruction in Jacmel, the ACFFC house is still standing, and the staff and children have survived. The center has become for relief efforts in Jacmel, and will certainly play a key part in its recovery. Please help them! Send checks to them directly (go to the Art Creation Foundation for Children website) or help them by buying some of the papier maché items below. There is also a very nice article on the Unicef website about Bruno René and some of the other young artists, who are now homeless.



Charles, one of the young artists at the ACFFC. November 2010
(Photograph © Anthony Hart Fisher 2009)



Drawing at the ACFFC. November 2010
(Photograph © Anthony Hart Fisher 2009)



Papier Maché Birds
made by children at the Art Creation Foundation for Children (Jacmel, Haiti)
Paper maché (approx 4" long)

For sale for the benefit of the Art Creation Foundation for Children, Jacmel, Haiti!

$24/pair



Papier Maché Fish
made by children at the Art Creation Foundation for Children (Jacmel, Haiti)
Paper maché (approx 4" long)

For sale for the benefit of the Art Creation Foundation for Children, Jacmel, Haiti!

$24/pair



Papier Maché Fruit Baskets
made by children at the Art Creation Foundation for Children (Jacmel, Haiti)
Paper maché

For sale for the benefit of the Art Creation Foundation for Children, Jacmel, Haiti!

Small (8" h., x 7 1/4" w.) $15 ea.

Large (10 1/2" h., x 8 1/4" w.) $20 ea.






Tropical Fish (#pms-20)
By Charles and other artists, ACFFC (Jacmel, Haiti)
Papier Maché (roughly 15" h. x 15" w. x 2 1/2" d.)
2009
Colors & design vary.
For sale for the benefit of the Art Creation Foundation for Children, Jacmel, Haiti!

$28



Timoun
Children of the Grand Rue, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, November, 2009
(Photograph © Anthony Hart Fisher 2009)

Indigo Arts owner Tony Fisher visited Haiti in November, 2009. It was a moment when, however desperate conditions were, it looked like life was beginning to improve in Haiti. These children were part of the vibrant community of artists who live in the Grand Rue area of Port-au-Prince. To date we have only heard the fate of a few members of this group. We hope that these children have survived to help build a new Haiti!
Mesi anpil!


Latest Update February 27, 2012
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