Thursday, May 29, 2008

Panty art anyone?

No my blog hasn't gone all smutty...there really is going to be an art exhibition entitled Top Drawers, in conjunction with the Capital Panty Raid.

I so love this...this idea is fantastic and I hope that someone reading this blog entry will consider a similar initiative in their city. This is a win/win event. It is a win for the artists who participate as they get exposure and a chance to sell some art and they also get to contribute to a very worthwhile cause. The other winners are the the adults and children who live in Ottawa shelters. They will receive new underwear! How awesome is that?!

Capital Panty Raid is a not for profit organization that seeks to provide a basic need for homeless people. While donations of used clothing come in to shelters, what is lacking is underwear. People who are on the streets end up not having any. The people who started the Capital Panty Raid in 2007, believe that providing new underwear is an achieveable goal and that it gives dignity to those who need it most. Artemisia, an Ottawa artists' group has teamed up with Capital Panty Raid. They are organizing this exhibition in the hopes of raising awareness and funds. As their press states: "The purpose of this art exhibition is to attract positive attention to this good cause by displaying original artworks that feature or interpret the theme underwear. We are looking for works in a wide range of media that treat the theme in a gentle, light-hearted and creative way." They go on to say that the work will be juried to ensure that the art is suitable for family viewing and that no creepy or vulgar works will be accepted.

Artists will be asked to contribute a percentage of sales and the viewing public will be encouraged to make a financial contribution and/or a donation of new underwear.

This exhibition is set for Sept. 26, 27, 28, 2008 at St. Brigid's Centre for the Arts and Humanities on St. Patrick Street. You can be sure I will let you know how it turns out. I can only imagine the interesting art that will result from the theme of underwear!!

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