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Vend Send Mend

JUNE 24, 2011
"The Alien Brushes His Teeth and Saves the World" | Acrylic and Ink | 8"x10"
I created this painting for Vend Send Mend which is a fundraiser aimed at raising $8,000 for Doctors Without Borders in relief of Japan's March 11th earthquake disaster.  The focus of the show is about how many vending machines there are and the stuff you can get in them.  The curators of the show didn't want 100 images of vending machine - and I didn't want to draw one either.  So I just went for concept.  Apparently these vending machines can sometimes include toothbrushes and toothpaste - I guess in case if you need to clean your teeth immediately while out on the town.  I wanted to combine that with and idea of helping the victim's of Japan's earthquake.

There will be a total of 100 artists who include students and also famed artists such as Jaime Zollars, Mark Todd, Martha Rich, Ellen Weinstein, Harry Campbell and many more.

All 100 original works of art will be featured during a one-night event at Sub-Basement Artist Studios, Baltimore on Friday, July 1st, 2011. The artwork will be raffled off through a gumball machine. Instead of gumballs, ticket holders will receive a ball numbered anywhere from 1 to 100, determining the order they get to choose their piece.

This fundraiser is organized by MICA student illustrators Jee-Shaun Wang and Craig Bowers with advising from Whitney Sherman.  It should be noted that Craig Bowers was a finalist this year for the Zankel Scholarship which I chair at the Society.  He's got the right stuff!  I hung out with him and the other nominees for a few days and he's got a bright future ahead of him.

Tickets for the art raffle are being sold through Sub-Basement Artist Studio's website.
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