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Artists Give Back at Upcoming Benefit

Artists Give Back at Upcoming Benefit

Local Arts Groups Helps Raise Money For Homeless Support Organization

By Jessica Helen Lopez

Local artists will come together to create a community-minded fundraiser for the homeless.

Collective Perception, comprised of visual artists who are also committed to activism, will host the two-day Pop-Up Art & Craft Sale Benefit for Artstreet Albuquerque Healthcare for the Homeless. The event at the Page Coleman Gallery is part two of the series, “Exchange: Between You and Me.” Guests are invited to closely meditate upon each piece in the exhibit, to peruse the crafts tables and participate in meaningful exchanges with one another.

“We are artists and activists, and we’re in a period of time where people need to step up. We should all push a little harder about the things we need to believe in, and come together as a community,” said Anne Engelhardt, one of the five founding members of Collective Perception.

Artstreet was chosen to benefit from the fundraiser because it provides basic healthcare for those without homes, including medical, dental, mental health and substance abuse services; it is also an open art studio and safe space facilitated by art therapists for clients.

While the pop-up does not include art created by AHCH clients, all proceeds will be donated to Artstreet for operating costs and materials.

“It’s simple,” Engelhardt said. “We want to give back. It made sense to focus on Artstreet because it’s local and it’s centered around the idea of art therapy.”

Collective Perception is also motivated by providing emerging artists with a chance to show their work within a quality environment.

“We want to connect new artists with established artists. And of course, connect art with community. It’s about the people, ultimately,” said Engelhardt.

The benefit will include more than 18 artists who have been inspired, in one way or another, by the 13th-century mystic Persian poet Rumi.

Collective Perception has especially been inspired by Rumi’s verse, and many of the artists involved in the pop-up have interpreted the words in various ways through their medium of art. Rumi’s poetry is the connective tissue for the upcoming exhibit.

“For us, it means to come together despite our differences in opinions or backgrounds,” said Engelhardt.

Opening night for “Exchange: Between You and Me” Pop-Up Art & Craft Sale is Dec. 2 from 5-8 p.m. at The Page Coleman Gallery (6320-B Linn Avenue Northeast, Albuquerque). It will run until Dec. 3.

Jessica Helen Lopez is a freelance journalist.

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