Art Blocks For Ghana

The Picture Book Project Foundation Presents Art Blocks for Ghana, an Exhibit and Online Auction, Sponsored by Digital Domain and AOL Artists

Original Artwork from Top Artists in Animation and Illustration to Be Auctioned to Benefit Orphaned Children in Ghana, West Africa

The Picture Book Project Foundation (PBP) and The New Art Center present Art Blocks for Ghana – an exhibit and charity art auction to benefit orphaned children in Ghana, West Africa.  Sponsored by Digital Domain Media Group and AOL Artists, Art Blocks for Ghana features original works created by top artists within the animation and illustration community.  PBP and The New Art Center will host a fundraising event where guests can preview the collection before it goes up for auction and meet some of the artists involved.  The event will take place at The New Art Center Saturday, February 26, 2011.  In advance of the event, the collection will be on display at Culture Fix Gallery February 8-14, 2011.  The collection will then be auctioned online beginning March 12, 2011.

Paul Abadilla - Pixar Animation Studios Sketch Artist

PBP created the Art Blocks for Ghana project to raise money to pay for the boarding school costs of 13 orphaned children who were formerly cared for by the now defunct Save the Widows and Orphans Development Center in Ho, Ghana. Contributing artists are employed by studios such as DreamWorks Animation, Pixar Animation Studios, Blue Sky Studios, Marathon Media, ILM, Disney, Sony, Digital Domain, AOL Artists, as well as award-winning illustrators.  A variety of artists have contributed from Canada, France, Sweden, Australia, Germany and The United Kingdom.

PBP provided the artists with wood panels to serve as the canvas for their creations. Each panel represents the “building blocks” every child needs to build a bright future – food, shelter, education and opportunity. All artwork was created around the common theme, “Home.” With children who do not have a single place to call home in mind, the artists explored the concept of the word and its many different meanings, such as comfort, life, nature, shelter, friends, love.

A wide variety of mediums – from oils, acrylic and gouache to mixed media, collage, screen print and sculpture – were used to create the pieces. Contributing artists and PBP are documenting the development process on a dedicated Art Block Process blog.

Oliver Tossan - Dreamworks Animation SKG Visual Development Artist

In addition to the exhibit and event in New York, PBP will host a fundraising preview event in Los Angeles.  Information on the events:

New York:
Display:  February 8th – 14th 2011 at Culture Fix Gallery 9 Clinton Street, New York NY 10002
Special Fundraising Event:  February 26th 2011 at The New Art Center 580 8th Ave. 5th floor, New York NY 10018; purchase tickets: http://artblocksnyc.eventbrite.com

Los Angeles:
Display:  March 9th – March 14th 2011 at Gallery Nucleus 210 East Main Street, Alhambra CA 91801
Special Event:  March 12th 2011 at Gallery Nucleus; purchase tickets: http://artblocksla.eventbrite.com
Art Blocks for Ghana Online Auction: Starts March 12th 2011: http://bit.ly/artblocksauction.

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About the Picture Book Project

Dan Owen - Disney Creative Director

The Picture Book Project Foundation is a 501 c3 non-profit organization that gives artists and art enthusiasts a way to help and inspire children in need. Animation artists Rachel Tiep-Daniels (Blue Sky Studios) and Margaret Wuller (DreamWorks Animation) founded PBP in 2009 after their experiences volunteering with children in Africa and Mexico. It is PBP’s mission to bring continued resources and support to orphaned and underserved children around the world. Our projects provide financial support and supplies to organizations helping children in need, bring art and animation to the hands of children for their enjoyment and inspiration, and extend the talent and goodwill of the artist community to communities of children in need. Visit www.picturebookproject.com for more info.

The Hopkins Foundation is incredibly grateful to the Picture Book Project Foundation for their support.  This project brings together some of the most talented artists all over the world and showcases not only their creativity, but their commitment to lend their talent to help children in need. We are very humbled and touched by their generosity. We hope all of our readers and supporters participate in this wonderful opportunity to purchase original art work from professional artists working for Disney, Pixar and Dreamworks to mention just a few of the contributing artists. Thank you all so very much!

Nicole Gustafsson - Fine Artist/ Illustrator Lincoln, Nebraska

You have the opportunity to view the artwork as it becomes available by visiting the Art Blocks for Ghana blogspot at www.artblocksghana.blogspot.com. There will also be art show previews of the artwork during February / March 2011 in New York City and Los Angeles – these art shows will be open to the public. Profits from the online art auction will be donated to The Hopkins Foundation, a 501 c3 non-profit organization for the construction of a Children’s Home in Ghana.

Artwork submissions due October 18, 2010.

Please visit the Art Blocks for Ghana blog to see the artwork as it is finished and to learn more about the contributing artists!