Art will get you through times of no money
Better than money will get you through times of no art...
Have you ever thought what our lives would be like without the arts in all their vast and varied glory?
There would be no music...no Mozart, no Phoenix, no Beatles, no Abba
There would be no film or television...no Gone With the Wind, no MadMen, no Friends
There would be no actors...no Meryls, no Denzels, no Carys, no Audreys
There would be no storytelling...no oral history, no creative use of language
There would be no literature...no Jane Austen, no Pablo Neruda, no Mark Twain
There would be no humor...no jokes, no Chris Rock, no hilarious stories
There would be no painting or sculpture...no Monets, no DaVincis, no Kahlos
There would be no design...no useful objects, beautifully made
There would be no architecture...no warm and inviting houses to shelter and form us
There would be no fashion...no lovely fabric or jewelry with which to adorn ourselves
There would be no cuisine...no paella, no sushi, no ArtsEcho cheesecake!
Art is all of the creative accomplishments that have been achieved by ourselves and the twenty billion people who have gone before us on this planet. Art is of the highest importance in making our lives livable, enjoyable, meaningful, understandable.
This is our (possibly not too subtle, but only once a year) way of asking you to make an end-of-year, totally tax-exempt contribution to our extremely worthy non-profit organization, ArtsEcho. We use our charming, neighborhood-uplifting and warm little shop to present the most marvelous artists in our gallery (and sell their work with no commission). And as many of you know, we convert ourselves into a cabaret every so often to produce and present fantastic concerts right here since we believe that there is great value in experiencing superb live music in a close and intimate setting (for FREE)! All of this is done on the proverbial shoe-string budget by good people who care a great deal about art, community, our neighborhood, and the future. And just so we never get bored (LOL) we also produce and present the math show "Arithmetickles" for school assembly audiences thoughout the US.
If you want your donations to have a STRONG LOCAL IMPACT and to go to an organization that will use EVERY SINGLE PENNY of your contribution to promote its mission (and not to fly its Executive Director off to a meeting in the South of France...hmmm, that doesn't sound too bad), please consider making a donation to ArtsEcho. We are a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization and official New Jersey charity, and will IMMEDIATELY provide you with a lovely letter (for Uncle Sam) signed by me (the one who's not going to the South of France...darn).
Here are a few pictorial reminders of who we are, how hard we work, and how much fun we have doing it:
That's Karina after dressing her BFF, Raquelle, in a perfect-for-New-Year's-Eve-outfit; a surprised Arianna putting a scarf on the "lady lamp"; me at my desk after I cleaned it (!), and Ben F. demonstrating a new, handmade feather headband.
We wish you all a delightful Holiday season, a productive and healthy New Year (more on that next week) and time to relax and enjoy the good things in life.
Warm regards, Sandra and the ArtsEcho Galleria team, Lil (returning from Florida today), Crystal (snowmobiling in Maine), Ben, Arianna, Karina & Lina.
PS: Oh yes, "ArtsEcho" goes on the dotted line...and the address is 3809 Park Avenue, Union City, NJ 07087.
PPS: All this week our wonderful collection of clothing is on a TWOFER sale! That's TwoFer One Price!
PPPS: This week we're open M-W 11-7, Thurs 11-whenever (New Year's Eve...), closed Friday (January 1st...sleep, sleep, sleep!) and open Saturday 10-6. You can reach us at 201-617-1110 if you are as confused as I am.
PPPPS: More soon about the ArtsEcho Galleria exhibit in the Brennan County Courthouse Rotunda Gallery (this is a BIG honor for us!) opening on January 11. It's called "ART VIVO! A Wealth of New Jersey Artists" (and truer words were never spoken).