POP-UP ART SHOW & FUNDRAISER
I was recently contacted by an artist named Beth Ladd. I had met Beth and her husband Bill several years prior at their gallery at Lewis Wharf . In person, Beth is soft spoken and gentle, but her prolific oeuvre of art reveals a voracious fascination with bold color and texture. The circumstances behind us reconnecting were not ideal - Beth has been battling a serious illness for several years and the time has come for her to put down the paintbrush and retire the gallery. I was touched by the story, and when Beth told me she was planning on abandoning her life's works to to the trash, I knew I had to assist in any way that I could. The trash is not an acceptable fate for art.
Placing over 50 works of art in a month is no easy task - but it is a mission I had to accept. The first thing I did was to contact non-profit organizations and submit the work to charity auctions. Then coincidently my cousin Dave contacted me, he rides in the Pan Mass Challenge and wanted to collaborate on an event to raise funds for the Dana Farber - PLGA - A Kids’ Brain Tumor Cure Foundation. As a result we will be co-hosting a Pop-Up Exhibition and Fundraiser with Humble Hues. Works by Beth Ladd and Mitch Weiss will be available for purchase and proceeds will support the PLGA fund.
I strongly believe in the power art has to bring people together and inspire, but this situation has challenged me to reconsider and take action on art's ability to support hope and transform the lives of those in need.