Lucy Rawson, Friends of HAS president, continues to travel to Haiti to purchase art from the artists who surround the hospital campus. Lucy then donates the pieces she buys from the artists to the Friends of HAS to sell to supporters. The artists have been able to make a living by the large amount of art work that is purchased to bring back to the Friends gallery.
In April of 2013, The Friends of HAS Haiti moved to a street-level gallery space in Point Breeze. The move has created a substantial increase in foot traffic to the gallery. We have been able to sell a much higher amount of paintings than ever before – this has created a need to store and maintain the art in a more presentable way in our gallery space. Our goal is to frame canvases that have been packaged and held in storage for many years to present for a once a month Haitian art opening. We are seeking to continue the process of giving the artwork in storage a new life on the gallery walls by framing and to offer a small budget for a once-a-month art gallery event that would serve as an education and outreach opportunity, as well as a fundraising prospect to collect donations and sell artwork. We would like people to see and experience the Haitian art – to hear Haitian music and also have the chance to speak and engage with Lucy Rawson, who has had many interactions with the artists and can speak to their particular vision and style.
The funds would be used to grow the new Friends street-level gallery space in Point Breeze as well as expand the once a month art openings. The office and gallery space serves as an opportunity to use the pieces in our Haitian art collection to educate viewers on the vibrant themes and styles of the Artibonite-region artists. The funds would help to support our art program costs, including the purchase of new works, framing, general maintenance of the collection, and to create a small budget to assist in overhead costs of holding monthly gallery shows, including snacks and beverage offerings.