BY OLIVE VASSELL
Caribbean-based art organization Thru Contemporary Arts is on the move again. This time the non-profit is taking 40 plus artists to Paris for an exhibition for its fundraising arm, Boxout.
The show is titled “Mixed Bag.” And according to founder and show curator GA Gardner, this newest fundraising project is designed to make small, international works of contemporary art more accessible to collectors around the world, while creating a financial support system to promote and educate about the genre.
“We’ve gathered artists from all over the world, with a variety of mediums and styles, everything from drawings and mix media to embroidery. I’m really excited by the variety and quality of work in the show,” Gardner said.
Contributors include an international group of visual artists: Sarah Knights, Trinidad and Tobago; Judith Ganz, Germany; Serge Game, the Netherlands; Beata Obst, Poland; Lorenzo Valverde, Spain; Behzad Mahmoudpour, Iran and David Ibata, United States amongst other countries.
Gardner says artists were given a simple mandate - to create small works of art for the exhibition. Proceeds will benefit Thru Contemporary Arts Collection, a global collaboration of artists, writers and curators, which houses and maintains a juried collection of contemporary art.
Last year the Collection had exhibitions in Cologne, Germany, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands and in Trinidad and Tobago, where it is based.
The organization focuses on exhibition, education and the preservation of contemporary arts, acquiring and promoting the artworks of prominent contemporary artists. This public collection is exhibited at museums, galleries and spaces with the goal of educating and introducing under-served communities to various forms of contemporary art. www.getthru.org
The exhibition will run from April 28th- May 8th, 2016 with an opening reception on April 28th from 5pm-10pm. The event is free and open to the public. 59Rivoli Gallery of Paris France, 59, rue de Rivoli, Paris 1
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