The fast and powerful response by the photography community to reach out to those affected by the earthquake in Japan has been intense, amazing, heart-warming. I am proud to be a part of such a dynamic family.
Aline Smithson (Lenscratch) set up a group on Facebook (456 members and growing, literally by the minute) and sent out a message – who wanted to help? Crista Dix (Wallspace Gallery in Seattle and CA) set up the most amazing online photography sale in a matter of hours that has already raised $6000+. New work will continue to be posted over the coming weeks, so check back as editions are selling out and new ones are added. Each photograph is being sold in an edition of 10 for $50.
Ryan immediately jumped in and offered to have the first in-gallery auction of work this Saturday, March 19. So many photographers are donating work, and all proceeds will go to the charities Life Support Japan has earmarked – Direct Relief International (www.directrelief.org) and Habitat for Humanity Japan (www.habitatjp.org).
Please come out (to our new space – 1000 Marietta Street, suite 112 – across from Octane and Emily Amy Gallery – more about that later) during the Westside Art Stroll on Saturday (11am-5pm) and place a bid. We will also be posting the work online, so check our website starting tomorrow. You may place an absentee bid as well.
This is important. I hope you will help.