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We’re just starting to get everything together for September’s exhibit.
“Art through a Lens” will feature work from some of the members of the Southwest Missouri Club.
Club members come from all walks of life, with varying degrees of photographic experience – from the novice to the professional and everything in between. The most important aspect of the organization is its members. They learn from each other by sharing their photographic experiences and skills.
The exhibition will open during the First Friday Art Walk on September 3rd.
One of the core elements that we sign up to as Fair Traders is to cultivate environmental stewardship. “Fair Trade seeks to offer current generations the ability to meet their needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Members actively consider the implications of their decisions on the environment and promote the responsible stewardship of resources. Members reduce, reuse, reclaim, and recycle materials wherever possible. They encourage environmentally sustainable practices throughout the entire trading chain.” (Fair Trade Federation)
Environmental stewardship is just as important to us at home, and we are always keen to support the many local groups that work so hard to protect what we have and/or restore what we have lost.
So we are excited this month to be working with the Missouri Prairie Foundation.
The mission of the Missouri Prairie Foundation is to protect and restore prairie and other native grassland communities through acquisition, management, education, and research. For 44 years, this nonprofit organization has advocated for prairie conservation. Its advocacy has played a significant role in the purchase of prairie by the Missouri Department of Conservation from the 1970s to the present, as well as the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ purchase of Prairie State Parks.
The Missouri Prairie Foundation currently owns 2,400 acres of high quality native grassland throughout the state and manages an additional 1,500 acres in cooperation with public partners and private landowners. It also participates in conservation decision-making with other state leaders. At least 15 million acres of Missouri, covering more than a third of the state, were prairie at the time of European settlement. Fewer than 90,000 acres remain. Tallgrass prairie is one of the Earth’s most biologically diverse and now rare ecosystems, and we have it right here in Missouri. It is ours to conserve for the benefit of future generations.
So here’s what we have planned with the Missouri Prairie Foundation for August:
August 6 to 31: An exhibition featuring the photographs of Glenn Chambers (more about Glenn in a future post).
August 6th: First Friday Art Walk – showcasing Glenn’s photography and raising funds for the MPF at the same time. 10% of all sales on the night will go to the MPF!
August 1 to 31: Fund raising with MPF members – all members purchasing in the store during August (or in our online store) will do so knowing that 10% of their purchases will go directly back to the Foundation.
Who is Team World Vision Ozarks?
Team World Vision Ozarks is a local marathon team that trains to run the Chicago Marathon in 2010. The group raises funds locally for clean water in Africa.
How your donations go to work?
TWVO is a sub group of Team World Vision in Chicago IL. In Chicago they will meet up with a 1000 other runners that share the same passion for Africa. The funds Team World Vision Ozarks raises go directly to World Vision Organization. World Vision is a Christian Humanitarian group that that helps poverty stricken countries around the world for more information visit www.worldvision.org. In the past years, Team World Vision has raised close to two million dollars. Team World Vision Ozarks has raised close to 30,000 in the past two years. World vision has taken the money raised and works in Zambia, Africa to build water wells which service 600-900 women and children in a village. World Vision has also built medical clinics in the same region. This year Team World Vision’s focus is now in Kenya, Africa because their need for clean water is greatest.
How your Team World Vision Ozarks raises funds?
The group raises funds in various ways:
- Child Sponsorship- They will have sponsorship packets available at Global Fayre on April 2nd from 6:15-9:45pm. When a child is sponsored you directly make a connection to the Kenya community. You will receive information about your child; receive a progress letter, and child communication every few months for a small monthly fee of $35. Our team in return will receive a credit of $420 for your sponsorship of the child.
- On April 2nd Team World Vision Ozarks will be hosting an Urban Orienteering Challenge called Time Talent and Treasure. The race consists of a $10 per person registration fee and forms can be found on our blog spot www.twvozarks.blogspot.com or at www.omrr.org. under events. The group will have a sponsorship table inside Global Fayre and outside in the patio area on the corner of Walnut and Campbell St.
- The group will also take cash donations as well. Global Fayre will also donate $1 for every purchase made in the store during the evening.
Carl is a relative newcomer to Global Fayre; we started carrying his book Aux Arcs at the end of last year.He will join us for First Friday to sign his book and to launch our exhibition of some of thephotographs from the book.
“The thing I love about photography is that it sharpens my visual and emotional sensitivity to the world around me. The camera lens acts as a conduit to see beyond the mundane and focus on the beautiful interplay of light and space”
Carl enjoys exploring symbolism and surrealism created through digital manipulation.
He has seriously pursued photography for the past 10 years. He is a member of the Southwest Missouri Camera Club, the Springfield Visual Arts Alliance and the Springfield Regional Arts Council. Carl’s achievements include various awards in juried competitions in the Southwest Missouri Camera Club and Juror’s Choice Awards and in Springfield Visual Art Alliance juried competitions.
Sounds intriguing, doesn’t it?!
It’s the title of our next First Friday event at Global Fayre.
When?: Friday September 4th 2009
Where?: Global Fayre, 324 S Campbell Ave, Springfield, Missouri
What?: Go to www.run4africa.info and find out more!
We had a great time last night.
There was a good crowd, everyone was in a great mood – and we got a lot of people talking about Kiva too. We donated $1 for every purchase towards our next Kiva loan, and that raised $78. So we’ll sit down tomorrow to figure out which loans to make.
We weren’t sure what kind of night we would have – the weather forecast was LOUSY.
But – the rain held off, and we had a good crowd, and the music was GREAT!
You can catch a picture of the Bluetones on James Radke’s blog
Hopefully Art Fest has got off to a good start; it’s cold out there, but dry! We’re just 15 minutes walk from Art Fest, and the store has been busy this morning, with most people having been to the Festival already or stopping off here on their way to it.