Photos taken by Monica Kovach…thank you, Monica!
Photos taken by Monica Kovach…thank you, Monica!
“The Transformational Power of Art”
By Lisa Lamoreaux
The 2nd Annual Matchbox Art Auction Gala is just around the corner, and our team is busy preparing for the event. I get more and more excited with each matchbox coming in. I am amazed and inspired by the creativity of the artists. Inspecting them closely, I see the tiny masterpieces as a snapshot into the artist’s personal universe. Each box becomes its own world, with its own story that is unique to the artist’s hand that created it. All the pieces are so different, and yet, all connected through their humble beginnings as a matchbox. A matchbox turned into something more – a beautiful piece of art that will be auctioned off at this year’s gala.
When thinking of the incredible matchbox transformations, I am reminded of something I read in preparation for our upcoming trip to Cambodia. Herbert (2012) talks about finding in the galleries and shops of Cambodia, works of art and jewelry crafted from the metal of old, deactivated landmines. Herbert (2012) describes these pieces of jewelry and art as being proof of the possibilities to transform traumatic experiences through art. When reading this, I was struck by the Cambodian people’s resiliency. They are literally taking pieces of their traumatic, war torn history and turning it into something beautiful. They are using art to rewrite the stories and reclaim their culture. By doing this, the people of Cambodia are integrating their experiences and healing from societal trauma.
“Hanging Love Charm” by Merryl Rothaus
Many of the people we will be working with in Cambodia have experienced trauma on both a historical and a personal level. We are going there to offer art therapy as a tool to heal these traumas. It is also important to remember that the Cambodian people are the experts of their experiences, and that we are going there to learn from them.
In 2011 a group of people were inspired to expand Naropa Community Art Studio (NCAS) to include international work (NCAS-I). The dream started with $50 dollars that bought 500 matchboxes. Those matchboxes were transformed into masterpieces, and auctioned off to raise funds at our first Matchbox Art Auction Gala. The gala was such a success that we decided to do it again. The 2013 service-learning trip to Cambodia is made possible through the support of our community coming together and donating time and money. Please join us for the 2nd Annual Matchbox Art Auction Gala, April 12, 2013, from 7 to 10pm for a fun-filled night of art and entertainment.
Herbert, C. (2012). Integration of arts therapy and traditional Cambodian arts and rituals in recovering from political-societal trauma In D. Kalmanowitz, J. Potash & S. Chan (Eds.), Art therapy in Asia: To bone or wrapped in silk (pp. 209-220). Philadelphia, PA: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
With sincere gratitude,
The Naropa Community Art Studio-International (NCAS-I)
We’re finalizing the numbers from the Small Resources=Big Possibilities Gala and we’ll let you know the results as soon as we know (we’re bursting with excitement, by the way).
If you missed the event and would like to support the NCAS-I project you can still donate! Go to www.crowdrise.com/ncas-i to make a donation today.
Thank you for all of your support and interest!
Last night was a huge success for NCAS-I! The Small Resources=Big Possibilities Art Auction Gala was phenomenal. We are so honored and excited to have the support of so many incredible individuals. Thank you!
We’ll tell you more about it soon- after we get some rest! For now, enjoy the preview of photos from the night!
The Small Resources=Big Possibilities Art Auction Gala is finally here! Here is the final preview of matchbox art that will be auctioned at the event tonight. We still have more pieces coming in today so be ready for some pretty incredible surprises.
Ticket sales will be available online until 6:30 PM tonight. After this tickets can only be purchased at the door. If you don’t want to wait in line get your tickets today! www.brownpapertickets.com/event/227823
We’ll see you tonight!
With the Small Resources=Big Possibilities Art Auction Gala less than a week away we are bursting at the seems with matchbox art from over 100 artists! This week the blog will be dedicated to showing off that work. We hope you enjoy seeing the creativity and thoughtfulness of so many artists… and of course we hope you join us Saturday night to see the work in person!
Here’s a preview of just a few of the pieces that have been donated by over 50 local artists to the Small Resources=BIg Possibilities Art Auction Gala. It’s only 10 Days away!
Get your ticket today! www.brownpapertickets.com/event/227823
The Small Resources=Big Possibilities Art Auction Gala is approaching fast, and we are BUSY getting ready for it. We’ve got you covered- local artists, drinks, food, music, an incredible venue- all the right ingredients for an amazing night and a fantastic cause!
Get your ticket today! www.brownpapertickets.com