Dear Friends of Hera,
It has been a good year at Hera Gallery. We are settled in our new home at 10 High Street, we have worked to have more of a community presence, we have begun to give back to our community, and we have continued to bring high quality contemporary art to our community. We are grateful for the support we receive from you, our Friends of Hera that make much of this work possible.
In 2013 artist member John Kotula, along with other local artists had an idea to make birdhouses to raise homelessness awareness. We decided to turn this idea into a fundraiser and invite artists and other community members to create birdhouses that were auctioned off as a fundraiser for the Gallery, The Welcome House, The Johnnycake Center, and the Education Exchange. The community participation was wonderful resulting in over 70 unique birdhouses, and our decision to donate 10% of our future fundraising to local non-profits. Since then we have raised funds for the Domestic Violence Resource Center, and currently we are planning our late fall/early winter fundraiser to donate partial proceeds to the Johnnycake Center in Peace Dale.
Perhaps you stopped by our booth at Festival fete on Main Street in Wakefield in October. Maybe your child made a button at our table at the Downtown Merchants Halloween Parade festival or your grandchild had their artwork in our annual children’s exhibit, did your high school student participate in our portfolio reviews geared toward helping students applying to art schools? Maybe you joined us for our first annual Friends of Hera thank you party.
Let’s not forget about the art. “Paint” and ”Landscape at the Edge: Contemporary Views” two national juried shows brought work from all over the country to our town. Hera’s 40th anniversary show, exhibiting (enter in #of artists here) from the history of Hera, 19 on Paper a group of new England artists interested in making and exhibiting high quality works of art of on paper, Saunderstown Weaving school’s 40th anniversary exhibition and member exhibitions by our talented artist members also made this an amazing year to view contemporary art in our community.
As we finish up the year and move into 2015, we would like to continue to give back to the community that has supported us in the ways we know best. Bringing amazing art to our viewers, using art to raise funds to help others, and through using our combined expertise and knowledge to contribute to our community. Your generous contributions have made this possible. Your continued financial support helps to keep the arts alive and thriving in Wakefield/South Kingstown and allows Hera Gallery to continue to do the work we have been doing for 40+ years.
Contributions large and small are greatly appreciated and help to support the cultural life of our community. Donate via paypal here (click on the donate button on our webpage): http://www.heragallery.org