ARTIST CHARLES FAZZINO DONATES $5000 & PROCEEDS FROM ARTWORK TO ARTIST RELIEF FUND TO RAISE AWARENESS OF NEED IN ARTIST COMMUNITY
(White Plains, NY) – Internationally renowned 3D pop artist Charles Fazzino made a $5,000 donation this week to ArtsWestchester’s Artist Relief Fund in order to provide more help to area artists negatively impacted by the coronavirus.
In response to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, Fazzino released a three-dimensional fine art print last June with the goal of raising funds for COVID relief organizations. The print titled “This Soon Shall Pass” is an expression of hope and compassion for all of those who are struggling during this unprecedented time.
“I created this drawing to send virtual hugs out to the whole world with the hope that we will all come through this great crisis together,” said Fazzino.
All net proceeds from the sale of the “This Soon Shall Pass” art edition are put in a COVID-19 relief fund from which Fazzino makes distributions to a variety of charitable organizations. Other organizations that have benefited from the sale of this work include: The Community Food Pantry at St. Mary’s Mohegan Lake, The New Rochelle Bethesda Baptist Church Food Pantry, St. Francis Food Pantries & Shelters and New Rochelle Community Action Partnership. Three out of the four organizations benefited thus far are part of the network of Feeding Westchester, an organization dedicated to ending hunger in Westchester County, New York.
Shut down for nearly a year, the arts community has been devastated by the coronavirus pandemic. Nationally, financial losses to nonprofit arts and cultural organizations are an estimated $15.2 billion with 894,000 jobs no longer being supported.
ArtsWestchester, New York’s largest private arts council, launched a Go Fund Me Artists’ Relief Fund at the beginning of the pandemic to provide emergency grants to artists who have lost work due to COVID-19.
ArtsWestchester CEO Janet Langsam says, “With two-thirds of all artists unemployed due to the pandemic, Artist Relief efforts are vital in helping creatives make it through to the time when we are able to restart the arts and open our theatres and cultural events.”
More Artwork Available to Benefit Westchester Artist Relief
Going forward, Fazzino asks anyone who wants to purchase the artwork and earmark their donation for ArtsWestchester to use the code: “ArtsWestchester” when ordering the artwork directly from the artist. A mini-print of the piece can be ordered through the gift shop page on his website or by emailing gallery representative Carol Ritz at [email protected]. The price of the framed print is $575 and they will offer free shipping to anyone who mentions ArtsWestchester. Approximately $400 from the sale of each piece will be donated to ArtsWestchester Artist Relief Fund.
Art galleries around the world are also selling the artwork and are being asked to donate their proceeds from such sales to COVID relief in their local communities.
Please join us in our efforts to support struggling artists through ArtsWestchester’s Go Fund Me Artists’ Relief Fund or by purchasing a Fazzino print.
About Artist Charles Fazzino
Charles Fazzino, graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York City is one of the most popular and highly-collected pop artists of all time. During his more-than-thirty years as a pop artist, he has inserted his unique, detailed, vibrant, and three-dimensional style of artwork into the very fabric of popular culture. Fazzino’s artworks are exhibited in hundreds of museums and galleries in more than twenty different countries. He has received many private and important commissions and has been selected as the official artist for festivals and events all over the world. Charles is often referred to as a pop culture historian because of the breadth of his work and the way it touches his collectors and captures the best parts of their contemporary lives. His legacy will mark him as part of the next generation of famous pop artists as he follows the paths originally forged by pop art pioneers such as Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Red Grooms, and Roy Lichtenstein.
For more than 50 years ArtsWestchester has been the community’s connection to the arts. Founded in 1965, it is the largest private not-for-profit arts council in New York State. Its mission is to provide leadership vision and support to ensure the availability accessibility and diversity of the arts. ArtsWestchester provides programs and services that enrich the lives of everyone in Westchester County. ArtsWestchester helps fund concerts, exhibitions and plays through grants; brings artists into schools and community centers; advocates for the arts; and builds audiences through diverse marketing initiatives. In 1998, ArtsWestchester purchased the nine-story neo-classical bank building at 31 Mamaroneck Avenue which has since been transformed into a multi-use resource for artists, cultural organizations and the community. A two-story gallery is located on the first floor of ArtsWestchester’s historic building on Mamaroneck Avenue. artsw.org
February 23, 2021
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